"SELF GROWTH BEGINS WITH A SINGLE PEDAL STROKE"

Research demonstrates that individuals with exceptionalities (disabilities) face low expectations from others about what they can achieve. This often leads to internalized helplessness and low self-esteem. Furthermore, most of their existence has been focused on the management of their exceptionality. They are so far often removed from recreational and social interactions, usually with little to no meaningful participation.

Gravel & Giving is a biking program that challenges our athletes to train for a 31+ mile gravel race. This program is much more than a bike race. We transform the athlete’s perception of themselves as well as society’s perception of what these exceptional individuals are capable of. This program instills the power of perseverance, a passion for goal setting, the self-belief to do anything in this world, and the dedication to never give up on their dreams.

Gravel & Giving has become a revolutionary program that points the societal needle to inclusion and increased opportunities for indiviudals with exceptionalities. It demonstrates to the world how capable these exceptional individuals are when given opportunities to earn the feeling of accomplishment! AFA launched the ‘Gravel & Giving’ program in 2021 when adventure athlete Josh Eckert became the first individual with exceptionalities (disabilities) to finish a race at Gravel Worlds (a prestigious gravel bike race held in Lincoln, NE). Josh’s triumphant finish in 2021 inspired the Gravel Worlds family to make their race the most inclusive gravel race in the world and is now a home to this program.

Concurrently, AFA partnered with Specialized Bikes and Wahoo Fitness to expand our program’s exposure and success by helping to support our AFA athletes in their journey to finish their first ever race.

Throughout this 5-6 month training program, we progressively add in four main phases:


PHASE 1

Foundational endurance & cues to build self-confidence with the equipment & thier abilites.

PHASE 2

Independent power-specific bike training & self-growth routine.

PHASE 3

Advanced bike skill training & self-advocacy to inspire them to have a voice in their journey.

PHASE 4

Growth mindset routines that celebrate their hard work & earning that feeling of accomplishment.

APPLICATION DETAILS

APPLICATIONS OPEN FROM SEP 21ST - OCTOBER 31ST 2022

SCHOLARSHIP OPPORTUNITY

Scholarship Opportunity: AFA offers program scholarships from 25% to 100%. This percentage is based on the athlete's primary household annual income. This allows us to offer these life changing programs to all individuals with exceptionalities regardless of cost.

  • Attach an official legal document recognized by the IRS to show your income at the end of the application.
  • Before your first application process call we will determine the amount you're eligible for and advise you ahead of time.
  • Once your scholarship amount is determined, this does not mean acceptance into the program. Our team goes through an extensive application process to best determine which athletes are ready for this growth based program full of challenges. This is the hardest part for our team, but with our dedicated resources being limited, this program is capped out at 4-5 adventure athletes.

PROGRAM COSTS

Program Cost:

  • $11,945 - Review the service/itemized list by clicking the button below
  • The list below does not speak to the growth these athletes and families earn and receive throughout the process
  • Remember scholarship opportunities are available to all applicants
  • We have given out a handful of scholarships in the past 2 years to families, so don't let this stop you from opening up this life changing opportunity for your athlete

WHO CAN APPLY

Who Can Apply:

  • Adventure athletes that have graduated from a tier 1 program (Experience The Adirondacks, Intro Adventure Biking, and/or tier 2 Lvl Up Adventure Biking)
  • Ages 16+
  • Those able to attend all in-person adventure workshops located in Sarasota county
  • Those looking to take their love for biking and experience a bike race they'll never forget

ADVENTURE COACHES

AFA's Adventure Coaches:

  • In the last 2 years our coaches have achieved a 100% success rate with all our adventure athletes, allowing them to graduate into a Tier 2 program so they may continue their adventure journey full of growth
  • All of our lead Adventure Coaches are experts in their field and have ample experience working with individuals with exceptionalities
  • All biking coaches are BICP certified skill instructors
  • Our diverse team of coaches have respective degrees and/or certifications that directly apply to the services they are providing (including CPR/First Aid)
  • Our coaches are dedicated and ready to invest in your adventure athlete

QUESTIONS & ANSWERS

How Many Applicants Are Accepted Into This Program?:

  • Answer - This program accepts 4-5 adventure athletes and their families.

Can The Date Of The Gravel Worlds Race Change?:

  • Answer - The date for the 5 day adventure to Lincoln, NE is locked in a year in advance and is always the third Saturday of August. Applicants would need to be sure they can take time off from August 16th - August 21st 2023 to attend the adventure.

What is the coach to athlete ratio?:

  • Answer - A minimum of 1 coach per 2 athletes during workshops, but 1:1 ratio during the adventure week and during their race.
What are the travel arrangements?:
  • Answer - Travel arrangements are handled by AFA. We will be flying to the adventure and all the families will be staying in their own hotel room which comes with your own kitchenette.

Do all parents/guardians have to attend the adventure trip?:

  • Answer - No. We do require one parent/guardian (covered in the cost of the program) to attend the adventure trip. We allow 2 parents/guardians to attend the adventure trip and push for this because it is a life changing experience for all. The second parent is not covered under the cost of the program.

What level of athleticism is required by the parent(s)/guardian(s) for the program/adventure?:

  • Answer - The parent(s)/guardian(s) will not have to do the race with their child (the adventure athlete), but they can train and do it with them if they want!

What is the weekly time committment?:

  • Answer - On average between workshops, at home cycling training, and their 1:1 adventure training sessions it is around 6-8 hours a week without drive time.

Where are the workshops held?:

  • Answer - Biking: Payne Park, Benderson, Carlton Reserve, and Celery Fields.

FURTHER QUESTIONS?

PROGRAM PARTNERS

Thank you Specialized Bikes and Wahoo Fitness for seeing these exceptional adventure athletes for their abilities and for investing your time, energy, and amazing products into their growth. This partnership has helped our team enhance the biking education allowing us to give our adventure athletes the highest level of training and the most memorable experience!

2022 GW MEMORIES

To further review the depth of this program, you can visit last years program details page by clicking the button below.

If you are a positive individual that wants share that energy with our team and our exceptional adventure athletes then please click the button below and apply to volunteer or coach on the next page.

ADVENTURE ATHLETE
TO ADVENTURE COACH

Josh Eckert started out piloting our 'Gravel & Giving' program in 2021 to racing his first 78 mile race all while helping 3 of his friends train in 2022. Next, he will hired as an assistant adventure coach in 2023!
Careers For All

SUPPORT OUR MISSION

Donate to Adventure For All and help us continue to expand these life changing opportunities for all involved. The vision for AFA is to continue to expand our adventurous opportunities all while guiding our adventure athletes to to believe in themselves and chase endless growth! We hope to help every adventure athlete graduate from our highest tiered programs preparing them for our Careers For All program (currently being piloted). Help us show the world the impact a group of people that share a vision can do. Let's come together to get 1000 people to donate $10 a month. BE THE IMPACT.


Whether you are a professional athlete, an amateur cyclist or anyone in-between you can join us at the most inclusive gravel race in the U.S in 2023. Come meet our inspiring adventure athletes and join the fun!

"SELF GROWTH BEGINS WITH A SINGLE PEDAL STROKE"

Research demonstrates that individuals with exceptionalities (disabilities) face low expectations from others about what they can achieve. This often leads to internalized helplessness and low self-esteem. Furthermore, most of their existence has been focused on the management of their exceptionality. They are so far often removed from recreational and social interactions, usually with little to no meaningful participation.

Gravel & Giving is a biking program that challenges our athletes to train for a 31+ mile gravel race. This program is much more than a bike race. We transform the athlete’s perception of themselves as well as society’s perception of what these exceptional individuals are capable of. This program instills the power of perseverance, a passion for goal setting, the self-belief to do anything in this world, and the dedication to never give up on their dreams.

Gravel & Giving has become a revolutionary program that points the societal needle to inclusion and increased opportunities for indiviudals with exceptionalities. It demonstrates to the world how capable these exceptional individuals are when given opportunities to earn the feeling of accomplishment! AFA launched the ‘Gravel & Giving’ program in 2021 when adventure athlete Josh Eckert became the first individual with exceptionalities (disabilities) to finish a race at Gravel Worlds (a prestigious gravel bike race held in Lincoln, NE). Josh’s triumphant finish in 2021 inspired the Gravel Worlds family to make their race the most inclusive gravel race in the world and is now a home to this program.

Concurrently, AFA partnered with Specialized Bikes and Wahoo Fitness to expand our program’s exposure and success by helping to support our AFA athletes in their journey to finish their first ever race.

Throughout this 5-6 month training program, we progressively add in four main phases:


TRAINING PHASES

Phase 1

Foundational endurance & cues to build self-confidence with the equipment & thier abilites.

Phase 2

Independent power-specific bike training & self-growth routine.

Phase 3

Advanced bike skill training & self-advocacy to inspire them to have a voice in their journey.

Phase 4

Growth mindset routines that celebrate their hard work & earning tht feeling of accomplishment.

APPLICATION DETAILS

APPLICATIONS OPEN FROM
SEP 21ST - OCTOBER 31ST 2022

SCHOLARSHIP OPPORTUNITY

Scholarship Opportunity: AFA offers program scholarships from 25% to 100%. This percentage is based on the athlete's primary household annual income. This allows us to offer these life changing programs to all individuals with exceptionalities regardless of cost.

  • Attach an official legal document recognized by the IRS to show your income at the end of the application.
  • Before your first application process call we will determine the amount you're eligible for and advise you ahead of time.
  • Once your scholarship amount is determined, this does not mean acceptance into the program. Our team goes through an extensive application process to best determine which athletes are ready for this growth based program full of challenges. This is the hardest part for our team, but with our dedicated resources being limited, this program is capped out at 4-5 adventure athletes.

PROGRAM COSTS

Program Cost:

  • $11,945 - Review the service/itemized list by clicking the button below
  • The list below does not speak to the growth these athletes and families earn and receive throughout the process
  • Remember scholarship opportunities are available to all applicants
  • We have given out a handful of scholarships in the past 2 years to families, so don't let this stop you from opening up this life changing opportunity for your athlete

WHO CAN APPLY

Who Can Apply:

  • Adventure athletes that have graduated from a tier 1 program (Experience The Adirondacks, Intro Adventure Biking, and/or tier 2 Lvl Up Adventure Biking)
  • Ages 16+
  • Those able to attend all in-person adventure workshops located in Sarasota county
  • Those looking to take their love for biking and experience a bike race they'll never forget

ADVENTURE COACHES

AFA's Adventure Coaches:

  • In the last 2 years our coaches have achieved a 100% success rate with all our adventure athletes, allowing them to graduate into a Tier 2 program so they may continue their adventure journey full of growth
  • All of our lead Adventure Coaches are experts in their field and have ample experience working with individuals with exceptionalities
  • All biking coaches are BICP certified skill instructors
  • Our diverse team of coaches have respective degrees and/or certifications that directly apply to the services they are providing (including CPR/First Aid)
  • Our coaches are dedicated and ready to invest in your adventure athlete

QUESTIONS & ANSWERS

How Many Applicants Are Accepted Into This Program?:

  • Answer - This program accepts 4-5 adventure athletes and their families.

Can The Date Of The Gravel Worlds Race Change?:

  • Answer - The date for the 5 day adventure to Lincoln, NE is locked in a year in advance and is always the third Saturday of August. Applicants would need to be sure they can take time off from August 16th - August 21st 2023 to attend the adventure.

What is the coach to athlete ratio?:

  • Answer - A minimum of 1 coach per 2 athletes during workshops, but 1:1 ratio during the adventure week and during their race.
What are the travel arrangements?:
  • Answer - Travel arrangements are handled by AFA. We will be flying to the adventure and all the families will be staying in their own hotel room which comes with your own kitchenette.

Do all parents/guardians have to attend the adventure trip?:

  • Answer - No. We do require one parent/guardian (covered in the cost of the program) to attend the adventure trip. We allow 2 parents/guardians to attend the adventure trip and push for this because it is a life changing experience for all. The second parent is not covered under the cost of the program.

What level of athleticism is required by the parent(s)/guardian(s) for the program/adventure?:

  • Answer - The parent(s)/guardian(s) will not have to do the race with their child (the adventure athlete), but they can train and do it with them if they want!

What is the weekly time committment?:

  • Answer - On average between workshops, at home cycling training, and their 1:1 adventure training sessions it is around 6-8 hours a week without drive time.

Where are the workshops held?:

  • Answer - Biking: Payne Park, Benderson, Carlton Reserve, and Celery Fields.

FURTHER QUESTIONS?

Questions?: Email StrongerTogether@adventureforall.org

PARTNERS

Thank you Specialized Bikes and Wahoo Fitness for seeing these exceptional adventure athletes for their abilities and for investing your time, energy, and amazing products into their growth. This partnership has helped our team enhance the biking education allowing us to give our adventure athletes the highest level of training and the most memorable experience!


2022 GW
MEMORIES

To further review the depth of this program, you can visit last years program details page by clicking the button below.

If you are a positive individual that wants make an impact in the world then we want you to join our team and empower our exceptional adventure athletes! Please click the button below to apply for volunteering or coaching.

ADVENTURE ATHLETE
TO ADVENTURE COACH

Josh Eckert started out piloting our 'Gravel & Giving' program in 2021 to racing his first 78 mile race all while helping 3 of his friends train in 2022. Next, he will hired as an assistant adventure coach in 2023!
Careers For All

SUPPORT OUR MISSION

Donate to Adventure For All and help us continue to expand these life changing opportunities for all involved. The vision for AFA is to continue to expand our adventurous opportunities all while guiding our adventure athletes to to believe in themselves and chase endless growth! We hope to help every adventure athlete graduate from our highest tiered programs preparing them for our Careers For All program (currently being piloted). Help us show the world the impact a group of people that share a vision can do. Let's come together to get 1000 people to donate $10 a month.

BE THE IMPACT.


Whether you are a professional athlete, an amateur cyclist or anyone in-between you can join us at the most inclusive gravel race in the U.S in 2023. Come meet our inspiring adventure athletes and join the fun!

"SELF GROWTH BEGINS WITH A SINGLE PEDAL STROKE"

Research demonstrates that individuals with exceptionalities (disabilities) face low expectations from others about what they can achieve. This often leads to internalized helplessness and low self-esteem. Furthermore, most of their existence has been focused on the management of their exceptionality. They are so far often removed from recreational and social interactions, usually with little to no meaningful participation.

Gravel & Giving is a biking program that challenges our athletes to train for a 31+ mile gravel race. This program is much more than a bike race. We transform the athlete’s perception of themselves as well as society’s perception of what these exceptional individuals are capable of. This program instills the power of perseverance, a passion for goal setting, the self-belief to do anything in this world, and the dedication to never give up on their dreams.

Gravel & Giving has become a revolutionary program that points the societal needle to inclusion and increased opportunities for indiviudals with exceptionalities. It demonstrates to the world how capable these exceptional individuals are when given opportunities to earn the feeling of accomplishment! AFA launched the ‘Gravel & Giving’ program in 2021 when adventure athlete Josh Eckert became the first individual with exceptionalities (disabilities) to finish a race at Gravel Worlds (a prestigious gravel bike race held in Lincoln, NE). Josh’s triumphant finish in 2021 inspired the Gravel Worlds family to make their race the most inclusive gravel race in the world and is now a home to this program.

Concurrently, AFA partnered with Specialized Bikes and Wahoo Fitness to expand our program’s exposure and success by helping to support our AFA athletes in their journey to finish their first ever race.

Throughout this 5-6 month training program, we progressively add in four main phases:


PHASE 1

Foundational endurance & cues to build self-confidence with the equipment & thier abilites.

PHASE 2

Independent power-specific bike training & self-growth routine.

PHASE 3

Advanced bike skill training & self-advocacy to inspire them to have a voice in their journey.

PHASE 4

Growth mindset routines that celebrate their hard work & earning tht feeling of accomplishment.

APPLICATION DETAILS

APPLICATIONS OPEN FROM SEP 21ST - OCTOBER 31ST 2022

SCHOLARSHIP OPPORTUNITY

Scholarship Opportunity: AFA offers program scholarships from 25% to 100%. This percentage is based on the athlete's primary household annual income. This allows us to offer these life changing programs to all individuals with exceptionalities regardless of cost.

  • Attach an official legal document recognized by the IRS to show your income at the end of the application.
  • Before your first application process call we will determine the amount you're eligible for and advise you ahead of time.
  • Once your scholarship amount is determined, this does not mean acceptance into the program. Our team goes through an extensive application process to best determine which athletes are ready for this growth based program full of challenges. This is the hardest part for our team, but with our dedicated resources being limited, this program is capped out at 4-5 adventure athletes.

PROGRAM COSTS

Program Cost:

  • $11,945 - Review the service/itemized list by clicking the button below
  • The list below does not speak to the growth these athletes and families earn and receive throughout the process
  • Remember scholarship opportunities are available to all applicants
  • We have given out a handful of scholarships in the past 2 years to families, so don't let this stop you from opening up this life changing opportunity for your athlete

WHO CAN APPLY

Who Can Apply:

  • Adventure athletes that have graduated from a tier 1 program (Experience The Adirondacks, Intro Adventure Biking, and/or tier 2 Lvl Up Adventure Biking)
  • Ages 16+
  • Those able to attend all in-person adventure workshops located in Sarasota county
  • Those looking to take their love for biking and experience a bike race they'll never forget

ADVENTURE COACHES

AFA's Adventure Coaches:

  • In the last 2 years our coaches have achieved a 100% success rate with all our adventure athletes, allowing them to graduate into a Tier 2 program so they may continue their adventure journey full of growth
  • All of our lead Adventure Coaches are experts in their field and have ample experience working with individuals with exceptionalities
  • All biking coaches are BICP certified skill instructors
  • Our diverse team of coaches have respective degrees and/or certifications that directly apply to the services they are providing (including CPR/First Aid)
  • Our coaches are dedicated and ready to invest in your adventure athlete

QUESTIONS & ANSWERS

How Many Applicants Are Accepted Into This Program?:

  • Answer - This program accepts 4-5 adventure athletes and their families.

Can The Date Of The Gravel Worlds Race Change?:

  • Answer - The date for the 5 day adventure to Lincoln, NE is locked in a year in advance and is always the third Saturday of August. Applicants would need to be sure they can take time off from August 16th - August 21st 2023 to attend the adventure.

What is the coach to athlete ratio?:

  • Answer - A minimum of 1 coach per 2 athletes during workshops, but 1:1 ratio during the adventure week and during their race.
What are the travel arrangements?:
  • Answer - Travel arrangements are handled by AFA. We will be flying to the adventure and all the families will be staying in their own hotel room which comes with your own kitchenette.

Do all parents/guardians have to attend the adventure trip?:

  • Answer - No. We do require one parent/guardian (covered in the cost of the program) to attend the adventure trip. We allow 2 parents/guardians to attend the adventure trip and push for this because it is a life changing experience for all. The second parent is not covered under the cost of the program.

What level of athleticism is required by the parent(s)/guardian(s) for the program/adventure?:

  • Answer - The parent(s)/guardian(s) will not have to do the race with their child (the adventure athlete), but they can train and do it with them if they want!

What is the weekly time committment?:

  • Answer - On average between workshops, at home cycling training, and their 1:1 adventure training sessions it is around 6-8 hours a week without drive time.

Where are the workshops held?:

  • Answer - Biking: Payne Park, Benderson, Carlton Reserve, and Celery Fields.

FURTHER QUESTIONS?

Questions?: Email StrongerTogether@adventureforall.org

PROGRAM PARTNERS

Thank you Specialized Bikes and Wahoo Fitness for seeing these exceptional adventure athletes for their abilities and for investing your time, energy, and amazing products into their growth. This partnership has helped our team enhance the biking education allowing us to give our adventure athletes the highest level of training and the most memorable experience!

2022 GW MEMORIES

To further review the depth of this program, you can visit last years program details page by clicking the button below.

If you are a positive individual that wants share that energy with our team and our exceptional adventure athletes then please click the button below and apply to volunteer or coach on the next page.

ADVENTURE ATHLETE
TO ADVENTURE COACH

Josh Eckert started out piloting our 'Gravel & Giving' program in 2021 to racing his first 78 mile race all while helping 3 of his friends train in 2022. Next, he will hired as an assistant adventure coach in 2023!
Careers For All

SUPPORT OUR MISSION

Donate to Adventure For All and help us continue to expand these life changing opportunities for all involved. The vision for AFA is to continue to expand our adventurous opportunities all while guiding our adventure athletes to to believe in themselves and chase endless growth! We hope to help every adventure athlete graduate from our highest tiered programs preparing them for our Careers For All program (currently being piloted). Help us show the world the impact a group of people that share a vision can do. Let's come together to get 1000 people to donate $10 a month.

BE THE IMPACT.


Whether you are a professional athlete, an amateur cyclist or anyone in-between you can join us at the most inclusive gravel race in the U.S in 2023. Come meet our inspiring adventure athletes and join the fun!