Adventure Team Challenge
Inclusive Team Challenges for Exceptional Athletes
Changing Lives through Competition and Cooperation
From Colorado to New York, the four Adventure Team Challenges from World T.E.A.M. Sports is a series of outdoor adventure events that bring together teams of athletes with disabilities with able-bodied athletes.
Challenge events are held in Colorado, North Carolina, New York and suburban Washington D.C. For many exceptional athletes with disabilities, participating in a team challenge offers a chance to explore our natural world, from paddling on lakes and rivers to hiking and biking through deep woods to climbing high mountains and jagged rocks. For participating able-bodied athletes and coaches, the Challenges offer a memorable and inspirational experience that will not be forgotten.
Adventure Team Challenge Colorado
Location: Grand Junction, Colorado
Dates: September 23-25, 2016
Years Held: 2007-2016.
Sponsors and Partners: American Portfolios Financial Services, Audubon Orthotic & Prosthetic Services, Devens Recycling, Ernst & Young, James Benson, LIM Innovations, Napier Park Global Capital, Pearl Meyer, Penske Truck Rental, Presidential Worldwide Transportation, Rutgers University – Department of Athletics, Sila Solutions Group, Timberline Tours.
World T.E.A.M. Sports’ original adventure competition, the Adventure Team Challenge is hosted annually in western Colorado. Every two or three years, the event rotates between sites in Colorado’s high mountain ranges west of Denver to lower altitude high desert locations near the Utah state border west of Grand Junction.
Beginning in 2007 as the Real Deal Inclusive Sports Adventure, the 2016 Adventure Team Challenge inspired and challenged athletes of all abilities. With each team of five including two athletes with disabilities, one being a wheelchair user, the Challenge encouraged competitors to work together toward shared goals and rewards.
In its tenth year of competition, the 2016 Challenge provided participants with new challenges in the secluded and beautiful mesas and canyons of red sandstone in the McInnis Canyons National Conservation Area not far from the Utah state line and in Highline Lake State Park. Magnificent high desert terrain, forbidding redrock canyons, whitewater river terrain and inspiring competitors created an unforgettable experience for all participants.
Adventure Team Challenge New York
Location: Harris, New York
Dates: September 8-9, 2016
Years Held: 2010-2016.
Sponsors and Partners: American Portfolios Financial Services, The Center for Discovery.
Developmentally-disabled teens and young adults from New York and New Jersey joined with able-bodied coaches in spirited team competition held in New York’s Catskill Mountains. Sponsored by American Portfolios Financial Services Inc. and The Center for Discovery, this inclusive Challenge provided an opportunity for these adaptive athletes to solve sporting challenges. Each participating team worked together to successfully complete each stage of the multisport event to cross the finish line together. Held at the Center for Discovery’s grounds in Harris, New York, the participating teams in the Challenge included five athletes with disabilities with five to nine able-bodied coaches.
Adventure Team Challenge Washington D.C.
Location: Washington, D.C.
Dates: September 17, 2016
Years Held: 2011, 2013, 2014, 2016.
Sponsors and Partners: Dralla Foundation, Best Buddies Capital Region, SUBWAY of the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center, Edible Arrangements.
Adventure is just outside of the city in World T.E.A.M. Sports’ Adventure Team Challenge Washington D.C. Held at the scenic Chesapeake & Ohio Canal National Historical Park along the Potomac River, just west of Washington, participating teens were matched with able-bodied athletes. Together, the two-person teams undertook outdoor activities that included canoeing, off-road bicycling and hiking.
Adventure Team Challenge North Carolina
Location: Western North Carolina
Dates: November 2015, TBD 2017
Years Held: 2015.
Sponsors and Partners: 2015 – MetLife, American Airlines, American Portfolios Financial Services, TimeCapital. Additional support by George Puskar.
The excitement of World T.E.A.M. Sports’ Adventure Team Challenge in Colorado’s high country comes to the eastern United States with a companion event in North Carolina. Presented by MetLife, and hosted at the 700-acre U.S. National Whitewater Center just west of Charlotte, the Challenge featured thrills and technical challenges for eight disabled and able-bodied military veteran and civilian teams of five athletes each. Participants were challenged by three stages including off-road bicycling, whitewater rafting, zip lines, orienteering and rock climbing.
Directed by the team that manages the Colorado Challenge, the North Carolina Challenge tested the strength and determination of participating athletes and encouraged cooperative teamwork.