21-year-old Texan raises $137K and tons of awareness for wheelchair accessibility
Archer’s Challenge, the organization founded by 21-year old Archer Hadley to raise money and awareness for wheelchair accessibility, raised more than $137,000 through the 2017 Challenge, a record-breaking amount that is 37 percent more than the organization’s original goal. Throughout the week, more than 800 people registered to participate in the Challenge.
The Challenge kicked off at YMCA Townlake on October 14, 2017, where challengers consisting of YMCA members, board, staff, and guests participated in a 3.25-mile relay roll around Lady Bird Lake as well as a wheelchair weights class.
Culminating on October 20 at the newly renovated Republic Square Park in the middle of Downtown Austin, Austin Mayor Steve Adler commenced the Downtown Day with a city proclamation. Challengers consisted of Austin Police Department Assistant Police Chief Justin Newsom, Bank of America President Nikki Graham, Former UT Chancellor Bill Cunningham, as well as teams from downtown businesses GSD&M, WP Engine, and Bank of America, as well as many other individuals.
Throughout the week, Archer’s Challenge made stops to H-E-B, where more than 300 H-E-B Partners at 10 different stores participated in the challenge; The University of Texas at Austin with more than 200 students, faculty and staff navigated campus in a wheelchair; Alamo Drafthouse; and Cabela’s.
Major sponsors include H-E-B Tournament of Champions, Topfer Family Foundation, Bank of America, Tito’s Vodka, and Pirelli World Challenge. Top donors include Richard and Kelly Topfer, Tito and Lori Beveridge, Dr. Frank and Pamela Cho, and Chad Marsh.
The annual Challenge aims to inspire people of all abilities, increase accessibility, foster community, and raise awareness around the difficulties that people with disabilities face. Proceeds of the challenge directly benefit Canine Companions for Independence and the YMCA Camp Cypress, a camp for people of all abilities.
Founded in 2014 by Archer Hadley, Archer’s Challenge works to improve accessibility for disabled central Texans. Archer’s Challenge raises both money and awareness. The money raised during the 2017 Challenge will directly support independence for people with disabilities through Canine Companions for Independence, YMCA Camp Cypress and for Texans with special needs