Tucson J’s ‘Consider Yourself Challenged’ aims to inspire fitness, giving

(L-R): Breezy Bochenek, Haven Shepherd, Kelly Ray and Lucy Coombs

The Tucson Jewish Community Center will hold a Consider Yourself Challenged fundraising event on Sunday, Feb. 21, from 4:30-6:30 p.m. Admission is free for the family-friendly event, which is designed to inspire able-bodied and physically challenged athletes alike to get active.

Adaptive athletes from the University of Arizona will show the specialized equipment they need to play basketball, run a race, play quad rugby, hand-cycle and race chair. Hanger Clinic will display many of the prosthetics physically challenged people use to get on a bike or go for a run. Videos of athletes also will be screened.

Staff from the Tucson Medical Center and the Tucson J will be available to register families for their second annual Tucson Family Tri, which will be held April 17. There will also be information about Challenged Athletes Foundation rides in California. Raffle tickets for gift baskets will be available. Proceeds will benefit the Challenged Athletes Foundation and will be earmarked for 2016 grant requests from Tucson-area challenged athletes to buy the equipment they need to participate in sports.

Nathanial Miller, a student at the University of Arizona and a beneficiary of the CAF program, says, “My thoughts of Challenged Athletes Foundation and UA adaptive athletics? Quite simply, if it were not for these two organizations, I would not be in Arizona about to complete a Bachelor of Architecture degree. CAF has allowed me to excel in the sport that has brought me to U of A, and the adaptive athletics program has supported me financially and otherwise. I have seen no student-focused facility with a fully dedicated and compassionate staff like this anywhere in my life.”

The department of adaptive athletics at the University of Arizona is a co-sponsor of the event along with the J, CAF, TMC and Hanger Clinic.