By Richard Rhinehart
Holbrook, New York, October 8, 2013 – World T.E.A.M. Sports, a 20-year-old national sports management company, announced today the appointment of Capital One Bank executive John Villar as a member of the non-profit’s board of directors.
Villar, a Vice President and Senior Business Banker at the McLean, Virginia-based bank, is an avid bicyclist. In 2012, he organized Capital One Bank’s team in World T.E.A.M. Sports’ annual Face of America 110-mile bicycle ride from the Pentagon to Gettysburg. This year, he helped grow the team from ten to 47 participants, who collectively raised $50,000 to support the organization’s mission.
“The annual Face of America ride is a two-day event filled with spirit and inspiration. It shows all of us that we can do anything we put our mind to,” said Villar. “For us at Capital One, that means more than just riding with disabled and able-bodied participants, it’s also a great opportunity to build community, commitment, and camaraderie.”
Inspired by the supportive participants of the annual ride, Villar seeks to do more to help the non-profit organization. “My goal as a board member is to bring more awareness to World T.E.A.M. Sports and its mission to the mid-Atlantic region through my colleagues at Capital One, friends and business associates,” Villar reports.
Working with small to mid-sized companies and non-profit organizations to help increase profitability and expand business, Villar holds a BS in Criminal Justice from Eastern Tennessee State University. A past technology sales person for several Global 100 companies, Villar has served on the boards of the Alexandria Sportsman Club and DC Greenworks. He also has actively raised funds for the Leukemia-Lymphoma Society and the Livestrong Foundation. Villar and his fiancée make their home in Alexandria, Virginia.
About World T.E.A.M. Sports
Celebrating 20 years in 2013, World T.E.A.M. Sports is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization chartered in North Carolina and headquartered in Holbrook, New York. For more than twenty years, World T.E.A.M. Sports has organized athletic events for disabled and able bodied citizens – mountain climbing, white water rafting, biking, and more. In all our events – whether mountain climbing, biking, white water rafting or many other sports – we include both disabled and able-bodied participants. Four things always happen at our events: 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 physical activities. 3) The disabled become a moving inspiration to other participants and to spectators when they see that disabled individuals can meet challenges beyond anyone’s imagination. 4) The disabled and able-bodied participants learn to work as a team to overcome those challenges. We change lives through sports.
Richard Rhinehart serves as Director of Communications for World T.E.A.M. Sports.