By Richard Rhinehart
Eagle, Colorado, August 18, 2015 – New York-headquartered executive compensation consultancy Pearl Meyer & Partners will serve as a major sponsor for national non-profit World T.E.A.M. Sports’ 2015 Adventure Team Challenge Colorado, an inclusive team event featuring both disabled and able-bodied athletes.
The September 18-20 Challenge at the rustic Rancho del Rio resort along the Colorado River northeast of Eagle includes river rafting, off-road bicycling, orienteering, and rock and rope activities. Teams of five athletes participate in the Challenge, with each team including two athletes with disabilities, one being a wheelchair user. Teams of military veterans and civilians compete against each other, but also cooperate in successfully completing each stage. Since the inaugural Adventure Team Challenge in 2007, all participating teams have finished. Through the active support of team members, athletes have included persons with vision impairment and blindness, paralysis, post-traumatic stress and brain injuries.
Pearl Meyer & Partners is enthusiastically participating in their third Adventure Team Challenge in four years.
“We are honored and extraordinarily proud to again be a presenting sponsor of the Adventure Team Challenge,” said Michael Enos, Chief Human Resources Officer for Pearl Meyer & Partners. “As a former participant, I can say first hand this is an incredibly inspiring, challenging, and life changing event that strengthens relationships, fosters teamwork, promotes problem solving, and brings camaraderie to the forefront. It is a powerful experience and one that our firm greatly values.”
Challenge teams are comprised of military veterans, non-profit organizations and corporations. For participating athletes, the difficulties of the stages help them gain better appreciation of the exceptional capabilities of athletes with disabilities.
“The Adventure Team Challenge always seems to amaze me,” said Gina Utegg, an accomplished Massachusetts athlete who was injured in a devastating automobile accident that ended her corporate business career. “It’s a physical, mental and strategic competition that brings out strengths and weaknesses of each team member at one point or another during the race.”
“World T.E.A.M. Sports is proud to welcome back Peal Meyer & Partners to the Adventure Team Challenge Colorado,” said CEO and President Van Brinson. “Having the strong support of companies such as Pearl Meyer allows us to continue our mission of Changing Lives through Sports. We plan to continue this relationship for years to come.”
Considered by knowledgeable adventure athletes to be among the most difficult adventure races in the United States, the Challenge is sanctioned by the US Adventure Racing Association and held under permit from the Bureau of Land Management on public lands along the Colorado River.
The 2015 Adventure Team Challenge Colorado is supported through sponsorships and partnerships from Pearl Meyer & Partners, American Portfolios, TimeCapital Investment Advisors, Benson Botsford LLC, Devens Recycling Center, Skanska, Oregon Adaptive Sports, and Timberline Tours. Additional support is provided by James Benson, Jim Noland and George Puskar.
About Pearl Meyer & Partners
For 25 years, Pearl Meyer & Partners has served as a trusted independent advisor to Boards and their senior management in the areas of compensation governance, strategy and program design. The firm provides comprehensive solutions to complex compensation challenges for multinational companies ranging from the Fortune 500 to not-for-profits as well as emerging high-growth companies. These organizations rely on Pearl Meyer to develop global programs that align rewards with long-term business goals to create value for all stakeholders: shareholders, executives, and employees. Pearl Meyer maintains U.S. offices in New York, Atlanta, Boston, Charlotte, Chicago, Houston, Los Angeles, San Francisco and San Jose, as well as an office in London.
About World T.E.A.M. Sports
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. Since 1993, World T.E.A.M. Sports has organized athletic events for disabled and able bodied citizens – mountain climbing, white water rafting, biking, and more. 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; and (4) The disabled and able-bodied participants learn to work as a team to overcome those challenges. World T.E.A.M. Sports changes lives through sports.