Achilles International, aka Achilles Track Club, is a non-profit organization with members in over 65 locations in the US and abroad. Its programs use sports to combine able-bodied volunteers with athletes with disabilities (mental or physical) for support and training. The disabled athletes range from children to elderly and afflicted since birth or through severe injury/military combat. The athletes gain physical strength and build confidence from the tremendous feeling of accomplishment received competing in sports events, running, tandem cycling and swimming.
One of our D&B employees, Dermott Hoyne, is a volunteer since 2012 with the Achilles International Chapter in New York. Dermott is a marathon runner and paces/guides these athletes in multiple running events. The picture shows Dermott on the far right with Jonathan in the foil cape. The runners had just finished the recent New York City Marathon. This was Dermott’s third marathon in 28 days and the second marathon this year pacing Jonathan. This marathon was Jonathan’s eighth New York City Marathon. Jonathan suffers from autism spectrum disorder and will require supervision throughout his life. Their unofficial finishing time was 4:40.
Congratulations to Dermott for volunteering his time to help less fortunate people gain in confidence and strength to live as normal a life as possible. If you would like more information on the programs offered through Achilles International, you can contact Dermott at firstname.lastname@example.org or 516-364-9898 ex 3988.