Challenged Athletes Foundation (CAF) is a nonprofit organization providing grants, camps, clinics, community and mentorship to individuals with permanent physical challenges. In 2019, the J.A. and Kathryn Albertson Family Foundation provided a gift to support CAF building a region in Idaho, with hopes to rally our community and empower athletes with physical challenges to unleash their potential. CAF collaborates with local community partners to fund grants for adaptive sports equipment, training and competition expenses, provides adaptive sports clinics, and hosts community events to grow a strong community of supporters and challenged athletes in Idaho.
The Boise Bike Park is a premier world class public bike park with more than seven acres of tracks for all levels of riders. Designed by Alpine Bike Parks and with the help of community cycling clubs, the park provides a place for Idaho cyclists of all abilities and skill levels to enjoy. The J.A. and Kathryn Albertson Family Foundation funded and facilitated the design, development, and construction of the park. Remaining committed to investing in our communities, especially where there are opportunities for world-class recreation in the state of Idaho.
The Boise Whitewater Park is a paddler’s paradise located along the Boise River near downtown. The publicly owned whitewater park is operated by the City of Boise and features waves for surfing or kayaking year-round. The J.A. and Kathryn Albertson Family Foundation has donated nearly $4 million to help fund both the initial construction of the park, as well as additional wave, water feature, river bank and spectator area enhancements, which are on track for completion in Spring 2019.
Rhodes Park is a premier Northwest skateboarding destination with more than an acre of covered concrete skateable terrain. Designed by world-renowned Grindline Skateparks, the park provides a place for Treasure Valley children, teens, and families of all skating abilities to learn, create, challenge and socialize. With the success of the X Games Park Qualifier held at Rhodes in 2017, the Road to X Games will return again in June 2018. The J.A. and Kathryn Albertson Family Foundation, alongside the Boise Skateboard Association and the City of Boise, funded and facilitated the community collaboration and partnership.
A $4 million lead gift to the Treasure Valley Family YMCA is helping to create a first-of-its-kind facility in south Meridian. This collaborative project with the city park, healthcare system, and public school is already transforming the local community. The campus, which anticipates opening in early Summer 2018, will be home to a YMCA, an elementary school, a gym, and a park. Future plans also include the addition of an aquatics center.