T.E.A.M. Members


Learn more about the remarkable athletes who make World T.E.A.M. Sports an exceptional community of supportive and inspiring individuals. Every member of our World T.E.A.M. community is important to our continuing success as an organization. These selected athletes have participated in past World T.E.A.M. Sports events across the United States and around the world. Many will participate in upcoming events.



Nicholas Allen

Nicholas Allen

TRIBUO EGO LIBERTAS VEL TRIBUO EGO EXCESSUM Liberty, the freedom to act or believe without being stopped by unnecessary force. Cincinnati, Ohio native Nicholas Robert Allen likes to live life to its fullest. As a teenager, he "went on road trips all over the country. I have been to almost every state, been to a few different countries and lived in Germany for about four years." "I enjoy the Liberty and Freedom to be able to travel from state to state, unlike many ...


William Beard

William Beard

William "Brad" Beard is a veteran of both the US Marine Corps, for which he served from 1996 to 2000, and of the US Army, for which he served from 2000 through 2009. Married to his wife Jennifer, with a son, daughter and two dogs, the Vicksburg, Mississippi resident enjoys "anything outdoors," including hunting and fishing. He also enjoys "hanging out with family and friends." On March 20, 2008, Beard was severely injured when his Humvee was hit by a rocket ...


Victor Montiel

Victor Montiel

It is fair to call Victor Montiel a patriot. Spending six and one-half years in the service of the United States, Montiel left his family and employment to serve his adopted country as a Marine. Born in Mexico City, Montiel moved to the United States as a child. "I grew up with a strong understanding of the importance in loving my country, which to me, was the one I grew up in," Montiel explained. "Since a young boy, I knew that ...


Tom Chaney

Tom Chaney

Tom Chaney made a career of serving in the Air Force. "My first duty station was at Ramstein AFB, Germany and then when coming state side, I was stationed at Kirtland AFB, New Mexico." "I was a Security Force Member in the Air Force," Chaney reports, "But then I retrained into be a Fire Truck Mechanic since I wanted to make a career out of the Air Force. Being a cop for 20 years in the Air Force on shift work ...


Paula Litch

Paula Litch

Paula Litch was born to serve her country, with both her father and her sister Cindy having served in the Army. "I respected both of them, and wanted to follow in their footsteps. It was important for me to do something greater with my life that would be meaningful." The Renton, Washington native joined the Oregon Army National Guard in January, 2000 and moved on to the Hawaii Army National Guard and California Army National Guard in 2001. In November, 2002, ...


Darrin Snyder

Darrin Snyder

Obstacles don't have to stop you. If you run into a wall, don't turn around and give up. Figure out how to climb it, go through it, or work around it. - Michael Jordan Darrin Snyder is a United States Marine Corps Disabled Veteran. Born in Honolulu, Hawaii, Snyder currently lives in Virginia Beach, Virginia. After completing basic training at Parrish Island, South Carolina, Snyder attended Basic Electrician School at Camp Lejeune, North Carolina. He then was assigned to Camp Pendelton, Califonia. ...


Ada Bauer

Ada Bauer

All the art of living lies in a fine mingling of letting go and holding on. - Henry Ellis Ada Bauer looks to her 16 years as a member of the United States Air Force as an opportunity that allowed her to serve her country. "I have been very blessed in my Air Force career - not too many individuals are able to say that they have traveled the world," Bauer said. Excited at the prospect of an Air Force career, the ...


Michael Hall

Michael Hall

Married with three children aged 10 to 13, Michael S. Hall lives in Brea, California. The California native joined the military in January 1992, "because I wanted to gain medical experience while serving my country." First assigned to Womack Army Medical Center at Fort Bragg, North Carolina, Hall served nine months working in Labor and Delivery, assisting in birthing of children. During the two years from June 1992, he worked at WAMC in male medicine on the wards, assisting with bed ...


Dane Kaimuloa

Dane Kaimuloa

Oceanside, California is the hometown of Dane Kaimuloa, who was born on the Marine Corp Base at Camp Pendleton. "That's right! You guessed it, my dad was a retired Marine out of Camp Pendleton," said Kaimuloa. "Me and my brothers all joined the service, too." "I joined the U.S. Navy when I was 17 years old in high school." Kaimuloa explained. "I was on the Delayed Entry Program so as soon as I graduated, I was off to Boot Camp in ...


Amanda Brewer

Amanda Brewer

Retired Senior Master Sergeant Amanda Rae Brewer was born June 14, 1971 in Ft. Lewis, Washington. She currently lives in Cabot, Arkansas. With a board background in Explosive Ordnance Disposal, Amanda began her military career with Vandenburg AFB in California. There, she recovered a crashed Minuteman II Intercontinental Ballistic Missile System. She then served at Osan AB in South Korea, where she worked with Korean EOD forces disposing of naval missile systems. During this tour, she coordinated with the US Army ...


Charles Register

Charles Register

Charles Register is a resident of Santa Ana, California and is a participant of World T.E.A.M. Sports' Soldiers to the Summit at Snowbird expedition in February, 2012. Born and raised in New York City, Register joined the U.S. Navy in 1963 and stayed with the service until his 1970 retirement. [caption id="attachment_6500" align="alignleft" width="300" caption="Charles Register, left, with Vice President Joe Biden and Maura Nee, a VA nurse from Boston. Photograph courtesy of Charles Register."][/caption] Register recalls that he began on a ...


Ed “Koz” Kozlowski

Ed “Koz” Kozlowski

I was extremely excited when I found out about the opportunity to participate in the Soldiers to the Summit at Snowbird. I’m looking forward to a bonding experience with fellow wounded warriors and experiencing the snow activities since I now live in sunny Florida. Bad back, bad knees, what could go wrong with skis! - Ed Kozlowski [caption id="attachment_6484" align="alignleft" width="300" caption="Ed "Koz" Kozlowski retires from the Air Force. Photograph courtesy Ed Kozlowski."][/caption] Ed "Koz" Kozlowski currently lives in Land O Lakes, ...


Clayton Rankin

Clayton Rankin

All I ever wanted to do was serve my country and my community. Despite my injuries and everything that has happened, I would do it all over again.  – Clay Rankin Clayton Rankin, who served in both Gulf Wars, returned home from Iraq in 2004 with a Bronze Star for Valor… and with severe back and brain injuries as well as PTSD. He participated in the World T.E.A.M. Sports' 2010 Sea to Shining Sea Ride using a special bike that allowed him ...


Cornelia C. Pelko

Cornelia C. Pelko

Currently Resides: Seattle, Washington Birthplace: Lodi, California Formerly Stationed: Bodega Bay, CA; Alameda, CA Currently Stationed: Seattle (US Coast Guard) Cornelia (Coree) Pelko is on active duty with the U.S. Coast Guard, although she continues to suffer from tendonitis as a result of injuries sustained early in her Coast Guard career. A single mom with a 4½-year-old daughter, Coree has become an avid cyclist over the past few years. She rides her bike to work each day, delivering her daughter to daycare along ...


Rory McCarthy

Rory McCarthy

Currently Resides: West Bath, ME Birthplace: Plainfield, NJ “I am dedicating this ride to the service men and women and their families who have sacrificed so much. I am also participating in this ride for my young son Collin. He has seen me lose the use of my legs, yet I want him to know that your dreams are always possible no matter the challenges along the way.”– Rory McCarthy Rory McCarthy has always had a passion for sports. When, as a teen, ...


Bob Magnus

Bob Magnus

Currently Resides: Alexandria, VA Hometown: Levittown, NY Birthplace: Brooklyn, NY Served as: 30th Assistant Commandant of the Marine Corps “I’m riding because of the marines; the marines that are on the ride, the marines that couldn’t make it, and the ones that are not with us here today.” – Bob Magnus Bob Magnus, a retired U.S. Marine Corps general, served as the 30th Assistant Commandant of the Marine Corps from September 2005 to July 2008. He retired from active duty in 2008 after 39 years ...


Andrew Hartzell

Andrew Hartzell

Currently Resides: Alexandria, VA Birthplace: Pomona, CA Hometown: Oceanside, CA Formerly Stationed: Walter Reed Medical Center “I knew that there could be no higher calling then to serve my country” – Andrew Hartzell Andrew Hartzell credits a bicycle with making it possible for him to walk again without needing a cane. That’s one reason he was eager to participate in the 2010 Sea to Shining Sea ride. Andrew was attending graduate school in California in 2006, but felt that he wanted to do something ...


Eric Frazier

Eric Frazier

Currently Resides: Maple Hill, NC Hometown: Pittsburgh, PA Birthplace: Pittsburgh, PA Formerly Stationed: New Orleans and overseas “So many of our DREAMS at first seem Impossible, then they seem Improbable, and then when we Summon the Will, they soon become Inevitable.” - Eric Frazier Eric Frazier said he “felt a calling” to enlist when he watched from his dorm room the events of September 11th. A few months later Eric joined the United States Marine Corp and was soon deployed. Eric ...


Joshua S. Davis

Joshua S. Davis

Currently Resides: Vail, AZ Hometown: Phoenix, AZ Formerly Stationed: USMC – Iraq 2004, 2006 “I love to put energy into things that honor my heroes and help me move forward. The entire ride seems like a once in a lifetime opportunity and I am eager to see how it turns out.” – Joshua Davis Each time Joshua Davis faced a physical setback in Iraq, he got right back up and continued to put himself to the test; however, since his third brain injury in ...


Van Brinson

Van Brinson

Major Van Brinson enlisted in the United States Marine Corps in 1986 and was selected for a commissioning program in 1988. He was commissioned as a second lieutenant in 1992 after his graduation from North Carolina State University. During his time in the Marine Corps, Major Brinson served as a Communications Officer for three years prior to being selected for training as a Naval Aviator. He received his wings in 1997 and since has been stationed in El Toro and ...


Scott Bilyeu

Scott Bilyeu

Currently Resides: San Antonio, TX Hometown: San Antonio, TX Formerly Stationed: USAF; Tucson, AZ “The most rewarding part of this trip will be the time when I can think and enjoy the beauty of this country.”– Scott Bilyeu It has been six years since U.S. Air Force Pararescue man Scott Bilyeu was injured in Afghanistan. After a severe helicopter crash in 2004, Scott spent years recovering from brain trauma and multiple broken bones; however, he has since rehabilitated himself to where he can ...


Kevin Sullivan

Kevin Sullivan

Currently Resides: Cary, NC Hometown: Hampstead, NH Birthplace: Newton, MA Served: US Air Force, 2001-2007 (Operation Iraqi Freedom/Enduring and Horn of Africa) “Not all injuries are visible…a lot of veterans (diagnosed and undiagnosed) are experiencing symptoms of anxiety and PTSD.” – Kevin Sullivan Kevin Sullivan was working in Finance in Boston in 2000 when he had a life-changing experience. During a Tall Ships exhibition, he saw a soldier from another nation salute an American solider. He was so moved that he left the corporate ...


Brian Petras

Brian Petras

Currently Resides: Little Rock, AR Birthplace: Summit, NJ Hometown- Bloomsbury, NJ Formerly Stationed: US Air Force “I’m dedicating my ride to all of the other patients at the Center for the Intrepid at Brooke Army Medical Center. A lot of those guys have much more to overcome than I do, but they still keep a positive attitude.” – Brian Petras Brian Petras is a C-130E/H Flight Engineer with the 50th Airlift Squadron based in Little Rock, Arkansas. Determined to regain his flying status following ...


David Moulton

David Moulton

Currently Resides: Southern Pines, NC Hometown: Fayetteville, NC Birthplace: Fort Rucker, Alabama Formerly Stationed: Key West, FL 2008-2010 (Cutter Key Biscayne); Seattle, WA 2006-2008 (Cutter Polar Sea, Antarctic operations) “Motivate your mind and the body will follow.” – David Moulton David Moulton served his country in the U.S. Marines from 1995 to 1999, and in the U.S. Coast Guard from 2000 to 2010. He was medically retired in 2010, as a result of severe injuries to his right arm and shoulder incurred on a Coast Guard ...


Chad Jukes

Chad Jukes

Age: 26 Hometown: Salt Lake City, Utah Branch of Service: Army Status: Medically Retired Injury Date: 2006 Injury: Below the Knee Amputation “Why not ride my bike across the country? What a cool adventure” – Chad Jukes Chad Jukes likes a challenge – whether serving in Iraq, rock climbing or riding in the 2010 Sea to Shining Sea – there isn’t any mountain he isn’t prepared to climb. In December 2006, Chad was commanding a convoy in Northern Iraq, riding in front in a light medium tactical ...


Christopher Frost

Christopher Frost

Currently Resides: Alexandria, VA Hometown: Campbell, CA Birthplace: Los Gatos, CA Formerly Stationed: Hill AFB in Ogden, UT; Beale AFB in Northern California ”My injuries have slowed me down, but they cannot stop me.” – Christopher Frost Christopher Frost joined the military in 1996 and currently serves as an Explosive Ordnance Disposal Team Leader for the Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) Flight stationed at Andrews Air Force Base in Maryland. Frost biked with the 2010 Sea to Shining Sea team and represented his fellow EOD ...


Marc Esposito

Marc Esposito

Currently Resides: Cameron, NC Hometown: Boardman, OH (near Youngstown) Birthplace: Youngstown, Ohio Formerly Stationed: Lackland AFB TX, Hurlburt Field AFB FL, Kadena AFB Okinawa Japan, Pope AFB NC “Honor never grows old, and honor rejoices the heart of age. It does so because honor is, finally, about defending those noble and worthy things that deserve defending, even if it comes at a high cost. In our time, that may mean social disapproval, public scorn, hardship, persecution, or as always, even death itself” ...


Stuart Contant

Stuart Contant

Currently Resides: Enterprise, AL Hometown: Boca Raton, FL Birthplace: Fort Lauderdale, FL Formerly Stationed: Ft Rucker, AL, home of Army Aviation “I am so grateful to be alive and able to do what I can. Life is short, so don’t hesitate.” – Stuart Contant Retired Army pilot Stuart Contant was a bit nervous about his ability to finish the 2010 Sea to Shining Sea ride. Prior to the ride, he reported, “I’m not an athlete.” But, since surviving a near-fatal plane crash ...


Paul “Jerry” Bremer

Paul “Jerry” Bremer

Currently Resides: Chevy Chase, MD Hometown: New Canaan, CT Birthplace: Hartford, CT Served as: U.S. Envoy to Iraq “It’s a great privilege to honor the men and women in our armed forces through this unique ride across America.” – Paul Bremer As a diplomat turned businessman, author, philanthropist and then government official again, Ambassador Paul “Jerry” Bremer is a true Renaissance man. With sports interests just as diverse – including skiing and cycling – it was no surprise that he took on the challenge of the ...


Jeff Evans

Jeff Evans

Jeff Evans, founder of MountainVision Inc., grew up scampering around the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia and North Carolina but found that the higher mountains of Colorado would be the ideal setting to challenge himself as a mountain guide. At the age of 19, Jeff packed up his truck and relocated to the Colorado Front Range – beginning his love affair with the Rocky Mountains. Since that time, Jeff has spent years exploring and working in the mountains cultivating the necessary ...


Dan Sidles

Dan Sidles

Age: 28 Hometown: Emmetsburg, Iowa Branch of Service: Sargent in the US Marine Corp Injury: TBI, PTSD, Two Herniated Disks, shrapnel to the face, head, and torso Injury Date: 2003/2004 Dan Sidles grew up in Emmetsburg, a small town in Iowa, where in high school, he wrestled and played football as a defensive and offensive lineman. Following a year of community college, he followed his older brother into the Marines. Shortly before the September 11, 2001 attacks, Dan was sent to boot camp, ...


Katherine Ragazzino

Katherine Ragazzino

Age:35 Hometown: Philadephia, PA Branch of Service: United States Marine Corps Status: Medically Retired, SSgt, June 2009, Naval Medical Center, San Diego, Balboa Hospital, C5 Injury Date: Iraq 2003/04 Deployment Injury: TBI, PTSD, Spinal Injury, Nerve Damage Deployments: Dec 2001-Jun 2002 / Aug 2003-Mar 2004 Off shore/In Country Operations during deployments: Afghanistan, Iraq, Kuwait Originally from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Katherine Ragazzino graduated from Northeast High School in 1995 and joined the Marines 18 months later. Serving twelve and a half years, her primary ...


Matt Nyman

Matt Nyman

Age: 32 Hometown: Waterloo, Iowa Branch of Service: Army Status: Medically Retired Injury Date: 2005/Baghdad Injury: Below Knew Amputee, TBI Matt Nyman was born in Waterloo, Iowa and grew up in a family that worked for John Deere. Even as a child, he knew that he would join the military—while in 3rd grade, Matt was asked what we wanted to do when he grew up and he responded, “I want to fight in World War III.” After graduating from high school in 1996, Matt joined the Army ...


Justin Moore

Justin Moore

Age: 27 Hometown: Modesto, CA Branch of Service: Army National Guard Status: Honorably Discharged Veteran Injury Date: 2005 Injury: PTSD, Chronic Lower Back Pain Justin Moore is a veteran of OIF 3 and was deployed to Southern Baghdad in 2005.  In 2000, he enlisted in the Army as a Fire Support Specialist and was promoted to the rank of Sergeant in early 2004.  As a Member of Det. 1 HHSB 1-487th FA, Justin was attached to C Co. 1-184th INF.  His battalion was ...


Nicolette Maroulis

Nicolette Maroulis

Age: 33 Hometown: Austin, Texas Birthplace: Makahalau, Hawaii Formerly Stationed: Naval Base San Diego Branch of Service: Navy Status: Medically Retired Injury Injury Date: 2003 Injury: TBI, PTSD, Nerve Damage, Hip, Shoulder, Leg, Knee and Back damage. “This ride takes the focus off of what we can’t do and shifts it to what we can. I am looking forward to pushing the limits, just because I was injured it doesn’t mean that I have to sit at home while life happens.” – Nicolette Maroulis It’s been eight years since ...


Cody Miranda

Cody Miranda

Hometown: San Diego, CA Branch of Service: Marine Corps Status: Medically Retired Injury: PSTD and TBI Cody Miranda joined the Marine Corps in 1990 and served 18 years. He retired from the Corps after spending 1-½ years in various hospitals on the west coast of the United States. He suffers from severe Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and a Traumatic Brain Injury. Cody's units included Lima Co. 3/3, Alfa 3rd Reconnaissance Co., 1st Force Reconnaissance Co., Naval Special Clearance Team-1 and EWTGPAC Reconnaissance Instructor. He reports ...


Aaron Isaacson

Aaron Isaacson

Hometown: Hugoton, KS Branch of Service: US Army Injury Date: 2005 – Iraq, 2008-Afghanistan Injury: Loss of hearing from land mine explosion and broken leg. Aaron Isaacson grew up on a small farm in Hugoton, in southwestern Kansas, with two sisters. Like many young boys, he enjoyed fishing and hunting for recreation and competed in football, baseball, and track. He was active in the Boy Scouts and became an Eagle Scout in 1993. After graduating from Hugoton High School, he attended Washburn University, graduating ...


Ashley Crandall

Ashley Crandall

Age: 26 Hometown: Salt Lake City, Utah Branch of Service: Army Status: Activated National Guard Injury Date/Location: December 25, 2008/Kuwait Injury: PTSD Ashley Crandall joined the Army in 2001 when she was 17, only three days after graduating from high school. Right after basic training, and while waiting to start advanced training as an OH-58 Kiowa Scout helicopter mechanic, the attacks of September 11 happened. When it became apparent the United States was in a state of war, her class was cut short ...


Chad Stone

Chad Stone

Chad Stone served in the Army from 1996 to 1998, when he was injured in a training accident at Fort Irwin in California that led to his discharge. Life was going well until early one morning in September 2005 when a driver lost control, crashed into the guardrail, and blocked both lanes of the highway with his car. Moments later, Chad encountered the accident. Unable to avoid a collision, he smashed into the disabled car and then was hit from ...


Steve Baskis

Steve Baskis

Age: 24 Hometown: Glen Ellyn, Illinois Branch of Service: US Army Status: Medically Retired Injury Date: 2008 – Baghdad Injury: Vision Loss, Fine Motor Control lost in left hand, Nerve & Artery damage to left arm, degradation of smell, taste, and hearing. Deployment Information: Baghdad, Iraq Deployment date: November 2007 – May 2008 Unit: 4th Infantry Division Since he was young, Steve Baskis had wanted to serve in the military like his father, grandfather, and many other family members. In January 2007, he enlisted in the Army with the ...


Erik Weihenmayer

Erik Weihenmayer

On May 25, 2001, Erik Weihenmayer became the first blind person to reach the summit of Mount Everest, the world's highest peak. Just more than seven years later, on August 20, 2008, he stood on top of Carstenz Pyramid, the tallest peak in Australasia, and completed his quest to climb the Seven Summits, the highest mountains on each of the seven continents. Erik is joined by fewer than 300 mountaineers who have accomplished this feat. Additionally, he has scaled El ...


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