“Finding an expert in the world of adapted sports who has both hands-on experience, high performance experience, a connector to community collaboration, and a true believer that access changes outcome is Dawna Callahan.
I have worked with her on a project within my state, but her experience made it so easy to pull her in on a project, give parameters, and let her run with it. I am pleased with the outcome and needed her understanding, experience, and organization to achieve the goal.
I am looking forward to the next time we can work together.”
Ashley Thomas, Founder and Executive Director
Bridge II Sports
“Dawna’s contributions to the development of our adaptive sports programming have been insightful and incredibly beneficial. Her thorough knowledge of the landscape and connections within the community have truly guided our processes in a strong direction. Her value cannot be underestimated.”
James Herrera, Director of Health & Wellness
Wounded Warrior Project
“We consulted with Dawna this past year in regards to the newly created Endeavor Games Series. Dawna was extremely passionate and knowledgeable in the industry, brought great ideas to the table and was especially responsive to any requests or needs we had. She is great to work with and I would 100 percent recommend her for any sport related projects.”
Katrina Shaklee, M.A., Assistant Vice President, Wellness and Sport
University of Central Oklahoma
“Not only is Dawna a true expert when it comes to planning conferences and expos, but her connections and relationships in the adaptive sports industry are invaluable. She is trusted and held in the highest esteem and it doesn’t take long to understand why. She is strategic-minded, hard-working and delivers beyond expectations – all with a smile on her face the entire time.”
Gina Oliver, Col., U.S. Air Force (Ret)
2018 Warrior Games
“Dawna was an incredible contributor to BP’s Paralympic sponsorship. She worked closely with us to understand business objectives and priorities and recommend creative solutions in communities across the U.S. Dawna is unique in that she understands the big picture of the Paralympic Movement while also able to work in the details around program implementation.
She has numerous relationships and partnerships with organizations of all sizes including Paralympic Sport Clubs that we benefited greatly from. Most notable, in our third year of the Paralympic sponsorship, BP received the Amazing Impact Award from U.S. Paralympics…Dawna was a significant part of that achievement!”
George Bauernfeind, Senior Leader in Marketing, Sponsorship & Business Development Partner
“Dawna is a valuable resource in the area of Paralympic and adaptive sport. She is passionate and cares about the issues on hand and takes initiative in finding creative solutions to difficult situations no matter the opposition. She has delivered on everything she has promised and was valuable in the growth of Paralympic Sport in the NY/NJ area.”
Victor Calise, Commissioner at New York City Mayor’s Office for People with Disabilities
New York City Mayor’s Office
“I had the pleasure of working with Dawna at the Challenged Athletes Foundation and in a short period of time, she became the “stake in the ground” for me. I looked to her to be the consciousness of the organization when it came to keeping us focused on why we were there when the inevitable temptations for mission creep occurred. She was a very good “guardrail.”
Because of her laser focus on “the mission” and the “movement” of adaptive sports, she was very instrumental in bringing us back to the center of what is important when we started to stray. By her words, and actions, she was compelling in not letting you forget what’s important and in suggesting many ways of how to make a difference.
She has extensive (and impressive) connections to the domestic and international adaptive sports community and seems to know EVERYBODY, which is extremely helpful. She is astute in business orientation. Is very good at mapping out a strategic plan, with details. I found her to be very organized, very professional, and approachable.”
Ken Wheatley, former CEO
Challenged Athletes Foundation