Illinois-based nonprofit Dare2tri has announced fundraising of more than US $ 200,000 as part of its post-Tokyo Victory Lap initiative.
With inspiring speakers, live music and more, the homecoming event of the Tokyo Games honored the club’s Paralympians and new milestones, including equal pay for Paralympic medalists.
Proceeds from the fundraiser will provide programs, resources, equipment and funding for athletes with physical and visual impairments. With the future of para-athletics not deciding by age, Dare2tri notes that Victory Lap’s donations will cultivate even more life-changing opportunities for the disability community.
The Victory Lap event was held at On Tour Brewing Company in Chicago and honored members of the elite Dare2tri team past and present, including:
- Melissa Stockwell – American Paralympian 2020 (triathlon), co-founder of Dare2tri
- Hailey Danz – 2020 US Paralympic Silver Medalist (Triathlon)
- Grace Norman – 2020 US Paralympic Silver Medalist (Triathlon)
- Ahalya Lettenberger – 2020 US Paralympic silver medalist (swimming)
- Kevin McDowell – 2020 US Olympic silver medalist (mixed triathlon relay)
âThe success of the Paralympic Games and the celebration of our Paralympians is a major catalyst for change in the disability community,â said Keri Serota, Co-Founder and Executive Director of Dare2tri.
âEvents like Victory Lap create the awareness needed to uplift para-athletes with increased support while inspiring the next generation of Paralympic hopefuls. “