ATLANTA--(BUSINESS WIRE)--The Kyle Pease Foundation, a 501(c)3 nonprofit dedicated to improving the lives of people with disabilities through sports, is making its Boston Marathon debut on April 20, 2020. The organization, which has two teams competing, will race alongside Team Hoyt, representing the legendary father-and-son wheelchair racing duo. The group combined has a total of eight teams running for inclusion in the Duo Program.
“It’s an honor to team up with the Hoyts for the Boston Marathon. They have paved the way for us as athletes, and we are forever grateful for their history of breaking barriers for duo-assist teams,” shares Kyle Pease, founder of The Kyle Pease Foundation. “My brother Brent and I have had our eyes on this race for quite some time, and we cannot wait to be a part of something special in Boston.”
Together We Can
The Boston Marathon presents a national stage for The Foundation to spread its mission and raise money to continue supporting athletes of all abilities. Since its inception, The Kyle Pease Foundation has supported 84 athletes across more than 400 finish lines and raised nearly $3 million. In advance of the April race, The Foundation has set a goal to raise $70,000 to purchase a wheelchair accessible van, which is critical to transporting team members to races and events.
Feature Stories From The Kyle Pease Foundation
Among The Foundation’s participants are Kyle and Brent Pease, the first push-assist brother duo to complete the grueling IRONMAN World Championship and founders of The Kyle Pease Foundation, along with 18-year-old Lizzie Kirksey.
Kirksey was born with significant medical issues and not expected to live past age 5. She spent her first few years of life in a group foster home for medically fragile children. There she was taken care of by a volunteer caregiver who would later become her mother. As someone who lives against the odds, Kirksey tries her best to be a typical teenager. She was introduced to endurance sports by a friend of Brent and Kyle Pease, and it changed her life.
“The Kyle Pease Foundation gave Lizzie and me a reason to live again. It allowed us to prove that even though Lizzie is in a wheelchair, she can do what people with able bodies do,” says Kirksey’s mom, Jeanie Kirksey. “It’s an incredible feeling to watch my daughter compete in endurance events. Doctors said she wouldn’t live a long, normal and happy life; however, her participation in races proves them wrong. We are so grateful for The Kyle Pease Foundation, and I couldn’t be more excited to watch Lizzie compete in the Boston Marathon.”
For additional information on The Foundation and to make online donations, visit www.kylepeasefoundation.org.
About the Kyle Pease Foundation
The Kyle Pease Foundation, founded in 2011, is a 501(c)3 nonprofit dedicated to improving the lives of the disabled through sports. It is focused on generating awareness of inclusion and raising funds to promote success for persons with disabilities by providing assistance to meet their individual needs. Its founders, Brent and Kyle Pease, who strive to provide an inclusive community to all, made history as the first push-assisted brother duo to complete the IRONMAN World Championship in 2018. The Foundation’s programs include scholarships, medical or adaptive sports equipment and contributing to organizations that provide similar assistance to disabled persons. The Foundation also participates in educational campaigns to create awareness about Cerebral Palsy and other disabilities. For more information on The Foundation or speaking opportunities with the Pease brothers, please visit http://www.kylepeasefoundation.org.