BY RICHARD RHINEHART
Arlington, Virginia, September 29, 2011 – World T.E.A.M. Sports CEO and President Paul Bremer announced today that the national non-profit organization has joined the HSC Foundation’s National Youth Transitions Collaborative. This Washington, D.C. program, created by the HSC Foundation, is supported by nearly 40 non-profit organizations with the goal of bringing together not for profit groups that serve people with disabilities.
“We are proud to be a part of this new Center which will help World T.E.A.M. Sports extend our reach and ability to serve the disabled community,” said Mr. Bremer. “The broad membership of the Collaborative–from national organizations like the Wounded Warrior Project, to the District of Columbia Public School System–brings us in closer contact with others seeking to help the disabled, especially youths and veterans.”
The collaborative will provide guidance for the National Youth Transitions Center in Washington, a new center that will serve as a hub for nonprofits, educational institutions, policymakers and disability advocates. Programs within the center provide opportunities for youth and young disabled veterans to enter or reenter the workforce, acquire vocational training and gain assistance for success. Collectively, the supporting members will provide a range of programs and services to provide help to participating young persons and veterans with disabilities
Among the 40-odd collaborative members are the National Health Foundation, Goodwill of Greater Washington, the National Youth Leadership Network, George Washington University and United Cerebral Palsy.
The HSC Foundation is dedicated to improving access to services for individuals who face social and health care barriers due to disability, chronic illness, or other circumstances that present unique needs. An emphasis is placed on youth, particularly those transitioning to adulthood. The Foundation served as a sponsor of World T.E.A.M. Sports’ August 2011 Adventure Teen Challenge in Washington.
For more than 20 years, World T.E.A.M. Sports has used athletics to challenge disabled and non-disabled men, women and children to accomplish goals they never thought possible. At all our events – whether mountain climbing, biking, white water rafting or many other sports – four things always happen: (1) Disabled participants build self confidence and physical fitness; (2) The disabled provide a role model for other disabled citizens, encouraging them to take up athletic activities; (3) The disabled provide a moving inspiration to other participants and to spectators when they see disabled individuals can reach goals and meet challenges beyond anyone’s imagination; (4) The disabled and non-disabled participants become a team, working together to overcome those challenges.