BY RICHARD RHINEHART
Claryville, NY, June 15, 2011: The excitement and challenges of adventure team competition return to New York’s Frost Valley YMCA the weekend of June 16-19 with the 2011 Adventure TEAM Challenge at Frost Valley. Powered by American Portfolios Holdings with support from The Center for Discovery and World T.E.A.M. Sports, the event brings together five teams of 21 disabled athletes for bicycling, mountain climbing, orienteering and water sports.
Patterned after the Adventure TEAM Challenge in Colorado, the Frost Valley event provides a thrilling opportunity for disabled athletes age 14 to 28 to work together in teams in successfully negotiating demanding outdoor activities. Each team of five includes one athlete coach. Coaches and volunteers who are non-disabled assist with the events. Event organizer Lon Dolber, the CEO and President of American Portfolios Holdings, notes the Challenge not only energizes and inspires the participating athletes, but also encourages the non-disabled coaches and volunteers to “look beyond the wheelchair” and see the competitors as skilled athletes. Like other World T.E.A.M. Sports events, the Frost Valley event is a life-changing experience for competitors, coaches and volunteers.
Activities for the 2011 Challenge begin late in the afternoon of June 16 as athletes, coaches and volunteers arrive at The Center for Discovery’s Carrus Institute in Harris, New York. Opening ceremonies for the Challenge will be held at Frost Valley mid-afternoon on June 17, with the first competition – an orienteering challenge – immediately following. On June 18, competitors are split into two groups. One group begins the day with a nearly six mile round trip hike to the 4,240-foot summit of Slide Mountain, gaining and losing over 1,700 feet of elevation. The second group participates in a cycling challenge at Frost Valley. In the afternoon, all competitors participate in the Regatta Challenge on Lake Cole at Frost Valley. Closing Ceremonies for the Adventure TEAM Challenge at Frost Valley will be held on the morning of June 19, following a victory lap of participants and an awards ceremony.
The 2011 Challenge is the second to be held by American Portfolios Holding, The Center for Discovery and World T.E.A.M. Sports at Frost Valley. The inaugural Challenge was held at the YMCA Camp September 23-26, 2010. Created by Dolber and Joel Forman, a member of The Center for Discovery’s board of directors, the event differs from usual World T.E.A.M. Sports events in that all participants have a range of disabilities, including wheelchair users and developmentally disabled.
Dolber is a frequent participant of World T.E.A.M. Sports events, including the annual Face of America bicycle ride from Washington to Gettysburg, the Adventure TEAM Challenge in Colorado, the 2009 Coastal Team Challenge in the Pacific Northwest and the successful January, 2007 Return to Kilimanjaro expedition, in which seven mentally challenged athletes reached the summit of Africa’s highest mountain. Dolber also serves as a director of World T.E.A.M. Sports, an Arlington, Virginia non-profit organization that creates inclusive events for disabled and non-disabled participants. Event sponsors American Portfolios Holdings is a Holbrook, New York independent brokerage and financial service corporation founded in 2001; The Center for Discovery is a non-profit Harris, New York organization that has provided educational, health, residential and family support for children and adults with severe disabilities for more than 60 years.
Download the PDF Format Guide to the 2011 Adventure TEAM Challenge at Frost Valley competitors.