On The Way to Indonesia

Posted: 21st September 2019 by dan in Uncategorized

The trip to Indonesia started early, took a long time, had delays and transfers, and included trains, planes and automobiles (vans and buses).

Early Wednesday morning (September 4), Pete and Mia took off from Tucson, Arizona with a van full of wheelchairs on their way to Los Angeles Airport. Mid morning that same day, Dan boarded a train in San Diego going to downtown Los Angeles where he would then board a bus to LAX. Sometime mid-afternoon, all three met at Terminal 4 to unload the wheelchairs and hopefully get approval from the airline to check the wheelchairs as baggage without incurring expensive fees. Thankfully the airline staff was very understanding and helpful and allowed the chairs to be checked without any fees. By about 6pm, the wheelchairs and luggage were checked through to Jakarta, all three had successfully passed TSA inspections and were now free to wait until midnight for the 14 hour flight to Hong Kong.

The flight to Hong Kong was uneventful, as was the 4 hour layover, and the 5 hour flight to Jakarta. Upon arriving in Jakarta, we were met with a representative from Jakarta Swift who helped us collect all 12 chairs from the baggage claim area and assisted us as we went through customs/immigration. Immediately outside the terminal, Don and additional volunteers/staff were waiting to greet us, load up the wheelchairs and give us a ride to our hotel.

After approximately 40 hours from beginning our journey, we were finally at a very nice hotel somewhere in central Jakarta. Even though there was a sincere intent to clean up and meet for a bite to eat, all 3 (Mia, Pete and Dan) ended up crashing/falling asleep after taking a shower and cleaning up…..hopefully to be recharged for an early morning pick-up to go to a Jakarta Swift wheelchair basketball practice.

Departure for Indonesia in a Couple of Days

Posted: 2nd September 2019 by dan in Uncategorized

It seems like only yesterday that it was months away for this Project in Bandung, Indonesia. But here we are, getting ready with last minute preparations and last minute nervousness. We recently got approval for the wheelchairs to be shipped with Cathay Airlines Cargo. Thank you very much Cathay Pacific! We greatly appreciate your assistance.

On the one hand a great relief and help, on the other hand a bit of uncertainty and anxiety. Will the chairs arrive when we do? Will Indonesian customs be cooperative and timely in their release of the chairs?  Will we have to pay duty/taxes on the used chairs?

Very early September 5, Mia Hansen, Peter Hughes and Dan Altan are flying from LAX to Hong Kong with American Airlines, then from Hong Kong to Jakarta with Cathay Pacific. If all goes well, we should be in Jakarta, Indonesia around 1:30 pm on September 6. Let’s hope the unrest in Hong Kong doesn’t effect our travel.

Donald with Jakarta Swift in Indonesia has been working very hard to organize and coordinate things for our arrival and for a successful Project/clinic in Bandung. We’re all very excited and looking forward to partnering with Donald in this, our 4th, worldwide Project.

Second Day of Peru Project, 2014

Posted: 2nd October 2014 by dan in Uncategorized

Sometimes things just don’t go as you plan, hope for, or anticipate…..and sometimes things happen organically that are very special and memorable.

Although the WAW group was on time and ready to go for an exciting Day 2, it quickly became apparent that the turn-out for day two would be quite underwhelming and much less than anticipated. At 9am, the start time for Day 2, only a couple of people showed up. Over the next hour and a half a few other people showed up…..for a total of 5 participants. Deciding to make the best of the situation, Jacob and Dan decided to start the day with some 2-on-2, which quickly became 3-on-3, and by about 12 noon we had enough people to run a full 5-on-5.




By 1pm, it was decided to end the day and do closing statements, pictures and goodbye’s with the participants and organizers. We were informed that one of the participants, an elderly gentleman using a hospital-type wheelchair, with very limited sports involvement and a severe case of diabetes wanted to make a speech. He had participated in Day 1, with very limited mobility and athleticism. The sincerity and deep emotion of the gentleman’s comments and message was quite intense, creating moist eyes throughout the crowd…….he wanted to thank Wheelchair Athletes Worldwide and Nancy (Corazones Valientes Del Norte President) for putting on the clinic and making the wheelchairs available to local participants. He said he felt more concern and care displayed towards him during the clinic than he usually gets during his rehabilitation sessions at the airport. He wished us the best and wished for us to continue our efforts.


To wrap up the day, we were treated to a wonderful display of a cultural dance by two mentally challenged dancers. The performance was outstanding.





First Day of Peru Project 2014

Posted: 26th September 2014 by dan in Uncategorized

The day begins with a 7;30 am ride to the gym to prep and plan for the day. The eleven wheelchairs were rolled out of the locked storage room to be checked for any last minute needed repairs. With the donation of an electrical air pump from the Juanita Amenero Foundation, all the tires were pumped up to ¨competitive¨psi levels with only one tube needing to be replaced as it seemed to have an unresolved, ongoing flat.

The event was scheduled to start at 9 am, and by 10 am we were still awaiting the arrival of many participants…..traffic and transporttion issues are a constant and ongoing concern for disabled people in Chiclayo. By 10:15, it was decided to start the event regardless of who else may still arrive. With approximately 25 participants, of varying disabilities, Jacob started the warm-up exercises. Drills of many kinds…..shooting, passing, chair skills, etc…. were conducted throughout the day; as well as an amazingly well-received introduction to wheelchair soccer, which was gretly enjoyed by all participants!

Overall, regardless of the smaller than hoped for turn-out, the day proved to be quite successful and enjoyed by all. The participants seemed eager to return for day 2.DSC_0609 DSC_0443 DSC_0438 DSC_0485

Arriving in Peru

Posted: 25th September 2014 by dan in Uncategorized

Wheelchair Athletes Worldwide, with Dan Altan, Jacob Tyree and Max Amenero began their Peru Project adventures yesterday (September 23, 2014) departing for Lima, Peru. All three were able to arrive safely into Lima, with Jacob arriving a few hours ahead of Max and Dan, waiting for them to clean customs/immigration together. Although there was much concern and worry about customs agents demanding a hefty per/chair fee, the group somehow managed to circumvent the intrusive attention of customs agents and clear all 11 sport wheelchairs without any issues whatsoever. The three then met up with Nancy Velez, the President of the partnering non-profit in Peru, Corazones Valientes Del Norte, to await an early morning flight to Chiclayo.

The group, now exhausted by being awake nearly 24 hours since their trip began, then had to figure out how to get seventeen wheelchairs (including one power chair) and luggage from Lima to Chiclayo. After a few uncertain hours of ´speaking´with airline staff, translating English to Spanish and back again, they got approval to take all chairs and baggage with them on their flight. We greatly appreciate the generosity of LAN Airlines and especially their very supervisors/managers, especially at four a.m.

The crew finally made it to their final destination of Chiclayo where they were greeted with several of Nancy and Max´s friends and family. The wheelchairs and baggage were packed up in several different vehicles for a trip to the gym where the clinic was to be held. The ´stadium´ had many excited Corazones Valientes members, eagerly awaiting to get a look at their ´new´ wheelchairs.

After some group and individual pictures with the chairs and WAW representatives, the group dropped off their luggage at the wonderful hotel Casa Andina and  headed out for some much needed local Chiclayo food. The first stop for lunch was at a small diner located on a street corner where they serve a dish consisting of a mashed-potato like ball slathered in a homemade yellow egg cream sauce. After downing this delicious carb rich platter the group went to another street corner where a local woman serves ceviche to a constant throng of hungry customers. They then met Nancy for a larger, more formal lunch in a small town outside of the city. Nancy seemed determined to fatten up the group prior to the energy demands needed for the next two grueling days of the Project. Some of tht stored energy was needed to sit patiently in the car while Mariella (a close friend of Max, and the driver for the day) went to look for someone to give a jump start to the car…….somehow the lights were left on during lunch, draining the battery, so the car battery would not start. However, the car battery had other plans. Luckily one of the taxi moto carts (a three-wheeled modified motorcycle cab) came to the rescue, with the promise of monetary compensation being the motivator.

Just when everyone was back at the hotel and settled in, thinking that after 37 hours of being awake they could finally get some shut-eye and much needed rest, an opportunity arose that was very hard to refuse…..a chance to sweat, expend energy and aggressively push up and down a basketball court, playing ball with the local team. Dan, Max, and Jacob packed up the car again and headed to the gym where a few of the local players were holding a practice. Dan and Jacob were able to pitch in coaching advice, intensity, and make the practice a little more exciting for everyone.

Even before totally settling in and resting up, the Wheelchair Athletes Worldwide ¨Project Peru¨ group enjoyed all sorts of experiences, and it´s not even the end of day 1!

Project Peru — About to Begin

Posted: 23rd September 2014 by dan in Uncategorized

Max Amenero, Jacob Tyree, and Dan Altan are getting ready for their flight(s) to Chiclayo, Peru. As of Monday evening, all 3 are excited and looking forward to a successful Project. The 11 wheelchairs, which will be donated to Corazones Valientes in Chiclayo, are waiting anxiously to arrive at their new home in Peru. As with all such trips, a lot of uncertainty, difficulties and surprises will need to be dealt with and experienced. Wishing all a safe journey and many rewarding experiences.



Mi nombre es MaxAmenero, tengo 52 años, nací en Perú y resido en los Estados Unidos desde el año 1978; soy una persona con limitaciones físicas debido a la poliomielitis que me atacó a los 7 meses de nacido. Practico el deporte sobre silla de ruedas desde hace 34 años, siendo el básquetbol sobre silla de ruedas donde encontré mi deporte favorito. Actualmente soy el entrenador del equipo de básquetbol sobre silla de ruedas “CRS HOTWHEELS”, equipo que ya fue campeón nacional en el 2007 en la división 3. Me siento afortunado de contar con el apoyo de mi esposa, mis 4 hijos y toda mi familia para poder servir a quien me necesite y sobre todo ayudar a las personas menos afortunadas en todo aspecto incluyendo el deportivo.

My name is Max Amenero. I am 52 years old, born in Peru and live in the United States since 1978; I am a person with physical limitations due to polio that attacked me at 7 months of age. I have practiced the sport for 34 years, making wheelchair basketball my favorite sport. I am currently the head coach of a wheelchair basketball team ,”CRS HOTWHEELS” a team that was the 2007, National Champion in Division 3 .I feel fortunate to have the support of my wife, 4 children and all my family to help those who need me and especially to help the less fortunate in all aspects including sports.

Jacob TyreeMy name is Jacob Tyree. I am from Roanoke, Virginia. I graduated in May from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign with a BA in Communications with a Concentration in Technology. I played wheelchair basketball under the coaching of Dave Kiley in Charlotte, North Carolina in the NWBA Junior division until graduating High School. We won the 2009 JV National Championship. After graduation I played under Michael Frogley at the University of Illinois until his leave in Spring 2013. Matt Buchi took the head coach position for my final season at college. During the Fall of 2013 I was selected for the U23 USA Men’s Wheelchair Basketball Team. The following January I attended my first USA Men’s Wheelchair Basketball Tryout where I was selected as an alternate for the class 1.0 position. I went with the USA team to Istanbul this May to compete in a Friendly competition for my first international games. As for my coaching experience, I ran wheelchair basketball camps every summer at Illinois one for teaching the fundamentals, and another ‘Elite’ camp aimed for coaching the top junior athletes in the world. In February 2013 I went with Michael Frogley to coach disabled veterans at the US Naval Base in San Diego. The following August I was selected to be one of two international coaches to oversee J-Camp located in Tsukuba, Japan. I plan to continue my individual training to peruse my goal of being a medalist with the USA Wheelchair Basketball Team, but also striving to learn new approaches to the coaching strategies around the world sharing my knowledge with others to the best of my ability.

Articles about Project Nepal

Posted: 8th June 2013 by admin in Exciting News

Check out this great article from our recent trip to Nepal and the project that we did there.

Mike Artiel _Business 360

Himalayan TV Interview

Posted: 7th June 2013 by admin in Exciting News