Canine Companions for Independence (CCI) is a non-profit organization founded in 1975 that enhances the lives of people with disabilities by providing highly trained assistance dogs and ongoing support to ensure quality partnerships, leading to greater independence and confidence. $50,000 will pay for one dog to be placed with one partner.
YMCA of Austin's Camp Cypress is an expanding day and overnight camp that welcomes people of all incomes and abilities. YMCA Camp Cypress offers many opportunities for you, your family, or groups to come and experience a piece of the wild close to home. Enjoy a full service campout where you and your family are provided with a tent, food and fun. Activities include archery, fishing, hiking, a dinner by campfire, S’mores, and breakfast. $50,000 will enable Archer's Challenge to build 2 fully accessible cabins.
Kids like Kaleb. During Hurricane Harvey, Kaleb lost his iPad, walker, gait trainer, nebulizer, feeding pole, suction machine and even his formula. He lost his bed, his toys, his clothes...everything. Kaleb Kindred is a very special 3-year-old toddler. Like Archer, he was born premature. He has a cochlear implant to help him hear, a gastric tube to receive food, leg braces and a walker to help him stand, and an iPad to help him communicate.
Due of your generosity Archer’s Challenge will be able to pay rent for six months for Kaleb and his parents to live in an apartment, buy a new walker so Kaleb can continue his therapy, and buy a new iPad so Kaleb can communicate with his family.
This is Archer's Second Annual Challenge. In October 2016, over 600 brave residents of Austin took Archer's Challenge and along the way they changed their perspective, raised funds, and created enormous awareness in our community.
People across the city will get an eye-opening and life-altering experience by participating in Archer's Challenge. Check out the full Gallery to see what the 2016 Archer's Challenge was all about.
Archer was born with cerebral palsy and has spent his life in a wheelchair, but he has always accepted every challenge life has thrown his way. In high school he conceived his first challenge when he’d had too many run-ins (including one in a rainstorm) with doors that he just couldn’t open on his own. He began with the humble goal of raising $40,000 and ended up raising over $87,000, enough money to buy 5 automatic doors at AISD schools, a ramp and overhead roof. He’s been spreading The Challenge ever since.
“By taking part in Archer’s Challenge last year, I gained an important perspective on the obstacles that people in wheelchairs face every day that most of us never notice. I am so grateful to Archer for sharing this experience with me and hope more people take the challenge this year.” - Mayor Steve Adler
"Archer Hadley represents the best of true Texas grit. With a big dream and the determination to achieve it, Archer rose above the challenges he faced and proved that Texans despite all obstacles—can do anything they set their minds to. It just takes an idea and the guts to strive for it.” - Governor Greg Abbott
"Archer is an inspiration to me and many others. His dedication to giving back, doing good, and moving us to be the best version of ourselves is transforming communities across the world. Our family is honored to call him a friend and we personally look forward to supporting Archer’s Challenge.” - Fayruz Benyousef
ARCHER'S YMCA TOWNLAKE CHALLENGE SAT. OCT 14: For the first time, the YMCA of Austin is partnering with Archer’s Challenge to create an immersive kick-off event that celebrates and promotes accessibility in public spaces for all. Challengers at the kickoff event will be able to participate in several in-chair team and solo activities and enjoy outdoor music, food and fun from 8 a.m. to noon. Activities at the TownLake Y include participating in a wheelchair weights class, a solo workout using accessible and adaptive equipment, using the pool facilities through a series of transfers, and a 3.25-mile relay roll around the Town Lake trail (the Ann and Roy Butler Hike-and-Bike Trail at Lady Bird Lake). Registration is open to the public.
ARCHER'S H-E-B CHALLENGE TUE. OCT 17: Archer's Challenge is grateful to announce that H-E-B Tournament of Champions is our presenting sponsor. But H-E-B goes well beyond writing a check. H-E-B has requested 100 wheelchairs at 10 central Texas stores, greatly expanding it's participation from last year. On October 17th, employees at each store will get shopping lists. They will shop in wheelchairs with a shopping basket on their laps and go through checkout. H-E-B will generously donate the bought items to the Central Texas Food Bank. We expect 800 employees to participate. Registration is open to H-E-B employees only.
ARCHER'S UNIVERSITY OF TEXAS CHALLENGE WED. OCT 18: Hosted by the Texas Wranglers, Archer's Challenge comes to the University of Texas at Austin at 8:00AM on Wednesday. Students and faculty at UT will attend classes, teach, and get around campus in wheelchairs. Last year over 200 people participated in the sold out inaugural event. The Challenge will start and finish at the West Mall. Registration is open to all UT students, staff and faculty.
ARCHER'S ALAMO DRAFTHOUSE CHALLENGE THU. OCT 19: New to the 2017 Challenge, the iconic Alamo Drafthouse will be hosting Archer's Challenge on Thursday, October 19. Alamo employees at all six Austin Alamo Drafthouse cinemas and the corporate office will participate in Archer’s Challenge by completing tasks including entering and exiting the parking facilities, buying tickets, watching a movie, ordering food, and using the restroom, while in wheelchairs. The event will simultaneously take place at all locations between 3 p.m. and 7 p.m. Registration is open to Alamo Drafthouse employees only.
ARCHER'S DOWNTOWN AUSTIN CHALLENGE FRI. OCT 20: 100 people will join Archer Hadley and Mayor Steve Adler at the newly renovated Republic Square in downtown Austin at 8:00AM. Participants will be fitted for manual wheelchairs and then roll away to spend their day at work, or experience downtown Austin. All chairs will be returned by 1:00pm. Downtown businesses and organizations like GSD&M, Bank of America, City Hall, and many others will be represented. Registration is open to the public.
ARCHER'S CHALLENGE AT CABELA'S SAT. OCT 21: For the second year in a row, Archer's Challenge will spend the day at Cabela's amazing store in Buda. Employees will help customers, work with children, and show you around the store in wheelchairs. Shop, eat cake, and celebrate the closing event in the 2017 Archer's Challenge.