Challenged Athletes Foundation (CAF), announced the opening of the brand new Deni & Jeff Jacobs Challenged Athletes Center. The building dedication and ribbon cutting took place on Feb. 8, and was followed by a reception.
“After 2 years of tenant improvements, Deni and I are so excited to see the opening of the new Challenged Athletes Center,” Jeff Jacobs, CAF board member, former executive vice president at Qualcomm, and now owner of Rancho Valencia Resort and Spa, stated in a press release. “Like the Challenged Athletes Foundation, Deni and I are dedicated to improving our community and to helping provide resources to ensure challenged athletes have the opportunity to thrive now – and well into the future.”
“We are extremely grateful to Deni and Jeff Jacobs for their significant leadership gift to name our new home” Jeffrey Essakow, CAF board president, stated. “Their gift and embracement of CAF’s mission have been a catalyst to making this center a reality.”
Deni & Jeff Jacobs Challenged Athletes Center highlights include:
- The RC Baker Foundation CAF Educational Center: an interactive facility where people can learn about the willpower, technology and resources required for challenged athletes to participate in sports;
- A multi-purpose Mixing Chamber that will allow CAF to host onsite wheelchair basketball, sitting volleyball, stationary cycling, mobility and many other types of fitness and conditioning clinics for the first time in the organization’s history;
- A Matrix Training Facility which provides access to adaptive equipment and teaches challenged athletes how to correctly use equipment found in their neighborhood gyms; and
- A state-of-the-art audio visual system donated by Sony Electronics, Inc. and Meyer Sound Systems that will project CAF’s message of hope and the inspirational stories of the athletes we support to the community.