Achilles Kids Virtual Marathon
Achilles Kids is a running, walking, and rolling program for low income children with disabilities. Achilles provides 4,000 children in 150 New York City public schools with an adaptive physical education curriculum and holds weekend workouts for children with disabilities and their able bodied siblings. Approximately 1,400 of participating children are on the autism spectrum, and the program is school and community based. Achilles Kids has its largest chapter in Truman High School (Bronx, NY) the largest public school for children with autism in the country. Students keep track of the miles they run, walk, or roll in their adaptive physical education classes throughout the year, and they mark their progress on customized maps of New York City created by Achilles. Those who reach 26.2 miles are rewarded with a pair of sneakers. Achilles provides all supplies including logbooks, customized maps, t-shirts, medals, and the sneakers. Achilles also offers supplementary lesson plans in nutrition, history, geography, and math to enrich the program. Achilles Kids provides opportunities for children to play, improve their health and fitness, increase their confidence, and socialize with their peers.