We just wrapped up one of my favorite events of the year, Tour de Cove, and I am excited to have the blog as a platform to share my passion about the Challenged Athletes Foundation. This month marked my seventh year volunteering on behalf of John Paul Mitchell Systems, providing haircuts to raise money for one incredible organization. When Scisters Salon opened seven years ago, it was an important goal of ours to be recognized in the community as a business that does good. When we were invited to participate in the same month that Scisters opened, I had no idea what I was signing up for or how my life would be changed.
It is the mission of the Challenged Athletes Foundation (CAF) to provide opportunities and support to people with physical challenges, so they can pursue active lifestyles through physical fitness and competitive athletics. The Challenged Athletes Foundation believes that involvement in sports at any level increases self-esteem, encourages independence and enhances quality of life. This was the event's 24th anniversary and is unlike any other in the world. 200 physically challenged athletes, 550 able-bodied athletes, celebrities, and sports legends complete a 1 mile ocean swim, 44 mile bike and 10 mile run on one of the most breathtaking courses in the country, all in support of Team CAF.
The funds raised fund adaptive equipment, coaching, training, competition expenses and mentoring to challenged athletes around the world. If an athlete has the drive to compete and pursue an active lifestyle, CAF is there to support them. Scisters Salon comes together with other Paul Mitchell Focus Salons and our incredible Business Development Coordinator to make a difference.
The moment I watched someone swim through La Jolla cove without legs, my world was rocked. I continue to leave the triathlon inspired. In the last seven years I have come to cherish my relationship with our Paul Mitchell family. I have met some amazing people, cut the hair of olympic athletes, and even have some participants that come back to see me each year. My husband and kids look forward to Tour de Cove, adding even more joy to the experience. By the time we wrap up for the day, I feel that I am taking away more love than I could have possibly given in haircuts. Ultimately, there is the scent of the sea, the wind in your hair, and beautiful people all around. I'd love to see you there next year.
For more information about The Challenges Athletes Foundation please visit www.challengedathletes.org
Photography by local talent, Charles Steinruck, of CS Photography85. IG: @csphotography85