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Family Day Out Honors Wounded Warriors

BY KIMBERLY WARPINSKI

Family Day Out 2011 participants

World T.E.A.M. Sports staff Kimberly Warpinski and Van Brinson pose with two Family Day Out participants, Laura Scott and Emanuel Thompson. Photograph by Van Brinson.

Arlington, Virginia, November 15, 2011: The relentless rainy weather in the Washington, D.C. metropolitan region finally allowed a perfectly sunny autumn day, just in time for World T.E.A.M. Sports’ inaugural Family Day Out. The Thursday, November 3 ride featured recovering soldiers from Walter Reed National Military Medical Center, who spent the day with their families on a guided bike tour around the many historic monuments of Washington D.C.

In collaboration with Revolution Cycles and Cause, World T.E.A.M. Sports executed a wonderful event that will be long remembered by the participants. The wounded warriors were picked up in the morning and transported to Revolution Cycle’s City Hub location in Crystal City. There, they were fitted to Trek Allant bicycles generously supplied by the shop for the ride.

The bicycling tour consisted of a 12-mile loop with visits to the Jefferson Memorial, FDR Memorial, Martin Luther King Memorial, Lincoln Memorial, World War II Memorial, Washington Monument, and the United Sates Capitol. Detailed facts about the structures and presidencies were provided at each stop. Quiet moments of reflection to remember and honor the fallen were also taken.

Autumn leaves

Autumn leaves in Washington. Photograph by Van Brinson.

One of the ride participants, Emanuel Thompson of the Air Force, is currently receiving therapy for a Traumatic Brain Injury, and another, Laura Scott of the Army, is undergoing chemotherapy for breast cancer. Both enjoyed a great day bicycling and were very happy to be out of the hospital for the day. Laura begins her radiation treatments in January, but has hopes of regaining her strength in time to participate in the World T.E.A.M. SportsFace of America ride from Washington to Gettysburg in late April.

To wrap up our first Family Day Out, the group enjoyed dinner at the Spanish-themed Jaleo restaurant just around the corner from the bike shop. The veterans and their families participated in this unique afternoon at no cost, thanks to the support of World T.E.A.M. Sports and our valued partners Cause and Revolution Cycles.