Our RODS family is assembled from individuals all across the globe. We are a team dedicated to making a positive lasting difference, not only in the world, but in the life of a child. Here at RODS we believe that anyone can help anyone, all it takes is dedication and desire. We would be honored to have you join us, and know that each team member contributes greatly to bringing more children home. Currently more than 60 orphans have received funding to come home, and we look forward to bringing home hundreds more! We need YOU. Join the cause to unite a family today!

RODS Member Q&A's

The Ideal RODS Athlete:

As a RODS athlete, we encourage you to be a leader and an example in your local community. You are constantly involved in community events and projects. When someone needs help with a task, you are generally one of the first individuals that they think of. Advocating for a child with Down syndrome is a part of who you are, because it’s in your nature to think of others. You take pride in the children that you are advocating for. You feel an overwhelming sense of urgency to bring them home. You experience overwhelming joy when a family has stepped forward and committed to adoption. This isn’t a “job” for you. It’s a blessing and an opportunity.

The core of our team is made up of endurance athletes, participating in endurance runs and Ironman/Triathlons. However, we accept all athletes from every discipline. If you compete for the right of children with Down syndrome to grow up with a forever family, then you are invited to be part of our team.

What is Needed:

Before signing up to be an athlete, we ask of you to go to and identify a child whom you wish to advocate for. As a RODS athlete, you are expected to participate in multiple races (of any distance) each year. These races will be the opportunity for you to highlight the child that you are advocating for. As you are training and preparing for each race, we ask of you to make multiple Facebook and Instagram posts, highlighting your training and the child you have identified. These posts should be directed towards encouraging donations and asking for help in finding “your child” a family. When a family steps forward and commits to adopting this child, we’ll then work together on finding you a new child to identify and advocate for.

How to sign up:

Click Join Team RODS below! Whether running, biking, or vocally being an advocate, if you want to help unite these precious children with their forever families, we would love to have YOU join our team!

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