Team Orphans; Bridging the Gap Between Athletics and Adoption

Rebecca Cruttenden- founder of Team Orphans, adoptive mother of three

Do you like to run? Have you ever thought about doing your first 5K? Are you a triathlete? Do you know someone who is? If so, consider joining Team Orphans! Choose a race, find friends to sponsor you, and race while raising money for Brittany’s Hope Foundation.

Brittany’s Hope, one of our affiliate organizations, is launching a nationwide campaign called Team Orphans to raise money for special needs adoptions. Brittany’s Hope places grants on specific orphans who have medical needs, are older, or are part of a sibling group. By partnering with adoption agencies, including Children's Home Society & Family Services, adoptive families are found for these waiting children. The adopting family receives the grant money to help pay for adoption costs.

The concept of Team Orphans started with Rebecca Cruttenden, a dedicated mom of three adopted children and a Brittany’s Hope grant recipient from 2003. Rebecca and her husband Tom and three children live in Rockford, Michigan. Rebecca raised funds on her own in 2010 and 2011, raising over $17,000 for Brittany’s Hope. With the money raised from her Ironman 70.3 Muncie and Ironman Texas events, eight orphans, including five from the Philippines and three from Haiti, have a forever family.
Since her last event, Rebecca has been challenged to think bigger. A friend asked, “What do you see with your ministry in five years?”

“My dream would be one thousand people all over the country racing and raising money for orphans. Men and women are racing for cancer, leukemia, and all kinds of medical causes. But who is racing for adoption? What about the 163 million orphans in the world? Each one needs a family!”
Team Orphans is looking for partners to help bridge the gap and help more children experience the miracle of adoption.

Athlete or not, there are many ways to be involved:

  1. Sign up for a race or triathlon, set your fundraising goal, and sign up at  Remember, you don’t need to be fast; just finish!
  2. Share this article with someone you know who would like to run, bike, or swim and offer to be their first sponsor.
  3. Volunteer to put the Team Orphans flyer in the registration packets of a race in your city. Contact rcruttenden@teamorphans.comfor more information.
  4. Sponsor a Team Orphans athlete with a tax deductible donation at



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