SKLZ is proud to support the Challenged Athletes Foundation and it's mission of helping people with physical challenges get involved, and stay involved, in sports. As we embark on the final weeks leading up to the Million Dollar Challenge, SKLZ will be featuring a CAF athlete of the week. Meet this week's athlete David Lee.
Athletics make David Lee feel alive. He says they always have, even more so after becoming a T6 paraplegic in a motorcycle accident. Though David lost the function of his lower body, he refused to give up his active lifestyle and entered the world of wheelchair racing. He first competed in the Boulder Boulder 10K and moved forward to complete more than 40 marathons, and Ironman® Canada for four consecutive years (1995‐1999), but in November 1999, a car hit David again, forcing him to retire from the triathlon.
David lost his left kidney, suffered the collapse of his spine and required extensive experimental surgery. A resilient David maintained his determination and after a long rehabilitation, he reentered handcycling , placing second in a race in Challenge, Alaska. He went on to win his division in Sadler's Ultra Challenge, compete in the 2008 Paralympics in Beijing in the Time Trial and Road Race events, and become a well‐known figure on the international handcycling stage. David Lee is testament to the strength of the human spirit and importance of sport.
The Challenged Athletes Foundation® (CAF), a 501(c) (3) non-profit organization, is a world leader in helping people with physical challenges get involved, and stay involved, in sports. Headquartered in San Diego with regional chapters, CAF provides unparalleled sports opportunities, hope, education, and inspiration enabling physically challenged individuals to live active lifestyles.
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