THE 2017 ARCHER'S CHALLENGE: trade your feet for wheels and try to navigate your world from a chair
Welcome back for the Second Annual Archer's Challenge. With your support and awesome enthusiasm we are getting ready for a bigger better Archer's Challenge this year - during the week of October 16-22. So save the date, mark your calendars and get ready to challenge yourselves again!
Archer Hadley has raised nearly $200,000 to improve accessibility for disabled central Texans. Participants donate for the privilege of accepting Archer’s Challenge. These folks then wheel through their day, going one-on-one with more than a few chair-stopping moments. Archer Hadley challenges each of us bipeds to recognize how un- flat the world really is.
We want to inspire people of all abilities to pursue their dreams – no matter what they dream or what challenges they face.
We want to make life more approachable for those with disabilities by increasing accessibility in public places.
We want to break down barriers between the able-bodied and disabled communities by fostering dialogue and a shared understanding of the challenges of navigating everyday life in a wheelchair.
We want to raise awareness of the difficulties that people with disabilities often face in navigating public places, and encourage change in policies, procedures and routines that create unnecessary challenges for the disabled.
Watch The Archer Hadley Story
Because the world isn’t flat (it has stairs and curbs) people like Archer Hadley—
dependent on wheels to navigate—bump into major obstacles as often as the able bodied
climb a step, walk up a curb, or open a door. Since 2014, Archer Hadley has
raised nearly $200,000 to improve accessibility for disabled central Texans by posing
a simple challenge: trade your feet for wheels and try to navigate your world from a
chair. Friends, schoolmates and co-workers pay to challenge their cohorts to a day in a
wheelchair. These folks are then charged with wheeling through their day, going one-onone
with more than a few chair-stopping moments. Archer’s Challenge is a light-hearted
way to raise a significant amount of money for serious accessibility improvements and
services for our community. But it cuts much deeper. Archer Hadley challenges each of
us bipeds to recognize how un-flat the world really is. And he reminds us that the fix
is simple when we come together and share our common experience..
Read Archer's Story
The Americans with Disabilities Act was enacted back in 1990 and designed to accommodate the needs of disabled people in public spaces. How did Austin High, and other public spaces, go so long without automatic doors? More importantly, what can be done? “The best way to enact changes,” Archer says, “is to tackle obstacles head[…]
See the full interview at http://www.kvue.com/life/archer-s-challenge-launches-new-foundation/329586964
“My message is simple: Disability should not stand in the way of your dreams,” said Hadley, now a 20-year-old sophomore at the University of Texas who sits on the Governor’s Committee on People with Disabilities. “I hope this citywide challenge will inspire people of all abilities and challenge our community to do more to reduce[…]
On October 6th, Texas First Lady Cecilia Abbott’s Texanthropy chose to shine its spotlight on Archer Hadley’s philanthropic efforts. Quoting from Texanthropy “This week’s Texanthropy Spotlight is about a very special Texanthropist – Archer Hadley. Archer was born with cerebral palsy and has spent his entire life in a wheelchair. But he has also spent his[…]
When Archer decides to do something, he goes all in. He works out at the gym with the same drive and determination that he brings to Archer’s Challenge. Archer is at Titan Evolution most mornings, where Kevin Edwards, the owner, modifies equipment and workouts so that Archer can achieve his goals in spite on being[…]
Almost exactly a year ago, Governor Greg Abbott appointed Archer to the Governor’s Committee for People with Disabilities. The news item in the Governor’s “2016 Report to the People of Texas” reads: Archer Hadley represents the best of true Texas grit. Born with cerebral palsy, Archer has sought assistance opening doors his entire life. But as a[…]
The Arc of the Capital Area is a nonprofit organization that empowers Central Texans with intellectual and developmental disabilities and their families through compassionate case management and innovative programs. This painting of Archer was created specifically for Building Bridges by Austin artist and musician Tim Kerr. The portrait honors Archer. The surrounding handprints were imprinted by[…]
The Daily Texas ran a news item on September 14 discussing Archer’s philanthropic work in Austin, which led to his winning the CARTER Award for Outstanding Youth in Philanthropy last month. Archer is quoted as saying: “I think that there is no recipe to being philanthropic or caring about a cause or being passionate about[…]