By Richard Rhinehart
Arlington, Virginia, April 24, 2013 – Rear Admiral Nora W. Tyson, a Vice Director of the Joint Staff, will provide words of encouragement and inspiration to the nearly 500 Face of America riders as they begin their 110-mile, two day bicycle ride from Arlington, Virginia to Gettysburg, Pennsylvania April 27.
Able-bodied and disabled participants in the annual ride from World T.E.A.M. Sports set off together not long after sunrise for Frederick, Maryland. Honoring veterans with disabilities, the 2013 ride includes participants from 39 states, Puerto Rico, the District of Columbia and several Canadian provinces. Of the participants, more than 100 are veterans with disabilities, who will ride bicycles, recumbent bicycles, and hand cycles.
Rear Adm. Tyson is a native of Memphis, Tennessee, and a graduate of Vanderbilt University. Earning her wings as a naval flight officer in 1983, she served three tours in Maryland and Oklahoma, including one as a commanding officer. Following Hurricane Katrina in 2005, Tyson commanded the amphibious assault ship, USS Bataan, leading the Navy’s Gulf Coast disaster relief.
Tyson also has served in Singapore, and led the USS George H.W. Bush Strike Group during its maiden deployment supporting operations in both the 6th and 5th Fleet. Tyson also served aboard the training aircraft carrier, USS Lexington, and the USS Enterprise.
In February 2012, Tyson reported as vice director for the Joint Staff.
“World T.E.A.M. Sports is proud to have the involvement of RDML Tyson,” said Van Brinson, Chief Operations Officer for the non-profit organization. “To have someone of her position take time out to say a personal word to these American Heroes means a lot to us.”
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. Celebrating 20 years in 2013, World T.E.A.M. Sports organizes athletic events for disabled and able bodied citizens – mountain climbing, white water rafting, bicycling, and more. In all events, we include both disabled and able-bodied participants with all participants working as a team to overcome challenges. Our events encourage disabled participants to build self-confidence and physical fitness while providing a role model for other disabled citizens. World T.E.A.M. Sports events also encourage the disabled to take up physical activities and become a moving inspiration to other participants, as well as spectators who see that the disabled can meet challenges beyond anyone’s imagination. We change lives through sports.
Richard Rhinehart serves as Director of Communications for World T.E.A.M. Sports.