Champions for a Cause

People who do amazing things start conversations. If someone in your office is running a marathon, everyone is talking about it. Everyone wants to know how they’re training, how they’re preparing, how they’re feeling. We love watching people undertake amazing journeys. It’s thrilling when they’re Olympic athletes. And it’s even more thrilling when they’re people we know.

Non-professional athletes who are pushing themselves to achieve incredible feats are starting conversations in their communities. And through KCF Champions, we’re harnessing the power of these conversations to get people talking about important causes while supporting the inspiring athletes in their lives.

What if every time someone asked you about preparing for your marathon and why you’re doing it, you could use that moment to discuss causes that don’t get talked about enough, like how we can fight preventable childhood illnesses? What if you could harness all the eyes on you and use your spotlights to change the world? 

Learn about the causes our KCF Champions are dedicated to. Donate and offer encouragement. They have openly committed themselves to incredible challenges (and opportunities!). Help them succeed. Join their mission.

Meet our Champions

Meet our Champions

Our athletes are dedicated champions for a cause. They dream big, improving the lives of people they love and challenging the limits of what their body can achieve.

Keith Austin, Executive Director

How it works


Apply Today

Click the Apply Now button below to submit your KCF Champion application. We would like to hear more about who your charitable partner would be and why, biggest athletic accomplishments, and your charity & athletic goals.


Pick Your Beneficiary

100% of your fundraising goes towards your chosen beneficiary. Choose from our existing partners or nominate your own organization supporting children or veteran causes.


Push Your Limits & Change Lives

Compete in events to fundraise for your cause. You will have your own custom fundraising page to track progress towards your annual goal and interact with donors.*

Benefits Include

  1. 100% of donations go to your chosen charity
  2. Social promotion by Keep Climbing Foundation
  3. KCF branded t-shirt for events
  4. Free entry into one KCF event
  5. Personalized fundraising website on our donation platform
  6. A community of other similar-minded champions
  7. A chance to make a big difference while doing what you love most
*KCF Champions are responsible for registering and paying entry fees for their individual events. Social media promotion by KCF is expected for participant’s content, but not guaranteed. KCF Champion athletes will be expected to make social posts leading up to events, during events, and after events.
Each KCF Champion will be expected to adhere to KCF’s Social Media Guide and the KCF Champion Agreement before representing Keep Climbing Foundation. This includes standards of conduct and a waiver of liability.
Free entry to a KCF event is subject to a dollar limit and is limited to domestic events only. When joining a KCF event, all funds raised will be designated to the KCF event charitable partner.
KCF expects all KCF Champions to fundraise for their charitable partner to reach their fundraising goal by using KCF’s fundraising platform. 100% of all donation will go to their chosen charity. The fundraising campaign and each athlete’s KCF Champion term is expected to end December 31 of each calendar year; however, anyone can apply again for the next calendar year. If electing to fundraise as a KCF Champion for a single event, the term will expire two weeks after the final date of the event.


Our Charitable Partners

Champions can partner up with one of our existing partners or nominate your own organization supporting children’s or veterans’ causes.

First Descents

First Descents provides life-changing outdoor adventures for young adults (ages 18 – 39) impacted by cancer and other serious health conditions.

St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital

St. Jude is leading the way the world understands, treats and defeats childhood cancer and other life-threatening diseases. Treatments invented at St. Jude have helped push the overall childhood cancer survival rate from 20% to more than 80% since it opened more than 50 years ago.

Team Alec Forever

Team Alec Forever’s  mission is to financially help childhood cancer families with end of life expenses, who are treated in the St. Louis area. No one should ever have to go through this. Our greatest wish is for this to never again be needed. Our prayer will ALWAYS be for a world without childhood cancer. We continue to fight for that to become reality. Until then, we will fund raise to financially support families going through this horrible disease. Surviving the loss of a child is hard enough. Help us, help these families in memory of Alec Ingram.

Fisher House Foundation

An organization that has served over 400,000 families since its inception, Fisher House is focused on supporting military and veteran families in a variety of ways, including providing comfort homes where military & veteran families can stay free of charge while a loved one is in the hospital.

Crowns Fight Cancer

The Southeastern Illinois Community Foundation works jointly on the legacy that Elizabeth established with Crowns Fight Cancer. As a childhood cancer warrior, Elizabeth advocated for those that couldn’t by utilizing her crown to change how the world viewed pediatric cancer.

Ronald McDonald House Charities

Ronald McDonald House Charities (RMHC) believes when families are together, they cope better, and that no family should have to deal with their child’s medical crisis alone. The mission of RMHC is to create, find, and support programs that directly improve the health and well-being of children and their families.

Isaac Bruce Foundation

Reaches out to youth and teaches them at an early age the importance of a healthy lifestyle with a focus on education.

SSM Health Cardinal Glennon Children’s Foundation

Focused not just on the health of kids today but on the long-term health of the communities it serves.

Friends of Kids with Cancer

Friends of Kids with Cancer is devoted to enriching the daily lives of children undergoing treatment for, and survivors of, cancer and blood-related diseases.

Girls on the Run

Girls on the Run inspires girls to be joyful, healthy, and confident using a fun, experience-based curriculum which creatively integrates running.

Children’s Heart Foundation

The Children’s Heart Foundation was founded in 1996 and is the country’s leading organization solely dedicated to funding congenital heart defect (CHD) research. Their mission is to advance the diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of congenital heart defects by funding the most promising research. To date, through 2020, The Children’s Heart Foundation has funded $15 million of CHD research and scientific collaborations.

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