Robin Williams’ sudden death shocked the nation. His resume included renowned actor, comedian, producer and screenwriter. The Chicago native made his career debut with the 1980 film “Popeye,” and later left a memorable mark with his role in the comedy/drama “Dead Poets Society” (1989), Walt Disney’s “Aladdin” (1992), “Mrs. Doubtfire” (1993) and “Good Will Hunting” (1998).
As Williams succeeded, he also gave back to the community. More than 20 years ago, Williams got invovled with the Challenged Athletes Foundation. Based in San Diego, the organization supports athletes with physical challenges by providing them opportunities and resources toward achieving their goals.
“[Williams] really had a genuine respect for the challenged athletes that he met at the triathlon. He was a guy that liked sports and liked getting out there and participating in them… Robin is genuinely a very giving, warm person. Very humble. [He was] relatively quiet in normal situations, but a brilliant comic and certainly when he needed to turn on that comic streak, he would be hilarious,” said Virginia Tinley, the executive director of the CAF in an article by Fox 5 San Diego.
“It’s like coming back to family.”
– Robin Williams at CAF’s San Diego Triathlon Challenge
CAF began a donation fund in his name and released the following statement:
And as we consider Robin part of our family, we are deeply saddened by recent news of his passing. Over the past 20 years, Robin has been an incredible supporter of the Challenged Athletes Foundation and our mission, participating in our San Diego Triathlon Challenge for 11 years and joining many of our cycling events. He truly found joy in participating side-by-side with our challenged athletes and we cannot thank him enough for the support and energy he brought to our organization. We will ensure his legacy lives on at the Aspen Medical Products San Diego Triathlon Challenge on October 19, 2014. Donations made in Robin’s honor will go directly to challenged athletes he found so inspiring and so enjoyable to be around.
For more information or to give to the fund, please visit: www.challengedathletes.org.