Adventure Team Challenge New York

Challenging Young Developmentally-Disabled Athletes through an Adventure Competition

World T.E.A.M. Sports’ inclusive Adventure Team Challenge at Harris, New York June 7-10, 2018 will engage developmentally-disabled teens and young adults from New York and New Jersey in an epic weekend of competitive team sporting events.

Water sports at the 2015 Challenge.

Team members enjoy water sports at the 2015 Challenge at Frost Valley, New York. Photograph by Sarah Bell.

Sponsored by American Portfolios Financial Services Inc. and The Center for Discovery, this inclusive Challenge will provide an opportunity for the developmentally-disabled to solve outdoor sporting challenges. Each participating team will work together to successfully complete each stage of the multi-sport event to cross the finish line together. Held at the Center for Discovery in Harris, New York, and at the Frost Valley YMCA, the participating teams in the Challenge will include five adaptive athletes who are teamed with five to nine able-bodied coaches. Through inclusive competition, disabled participants will build confidence and serve as a role model for others, as well as inspiring all competitors and spectators.

Adventure Team Challenge New York LogoThe Adventure Team Challenge New York will offer multiple outdoor challenges for participants. The event will begin with opening ceremonies at 3 p.m. June 7 at the Center for Discovery in Harris. Following the ceremonies, the teams will depart for the Frost Valley YMCA. Activities at Frost Valley will include a bicycling race and obstacle course. That evening, following a dinner presented by The Carrus Institute and an outdoor concert, many of the athletes will camp out under the stars. The following morning, selected participants will depart early to climb Slide Mountain, the highest peak in the Catskill Mountains. Meanwhile, other athletes will complete the annual Regatta Challenge, providing a water sports activity. The day will finish with an awards ceremony for all athletes.

Since the inaugural Challenge in 2010, more than 180 developmentally-disabled athletes selected by The Center for Discovery have participated. Interest is high each year among potential athletes to join as a participating athlete.

“When you have the opportunity to spend two or three days with the exceptional athlete in a World T.E.A.M. event, you look beyond the wheelchair, beyond their physical and emotional challenges, and see the human being looking right back at you,” said the Challenge organizer Lon Dolber, the CEO and President of American Portfolios. “You recognize all that is possible within yourself.”

2011 team members hold the banner.

Explore the 2017 New York photo gallery by MaryAnn Rosolino.

Explore the 2015 New York photo gallery by Sarah Bell.

Explore the 2014 New York photo gallery by Melissa Grappone.

Explore the 2014 New York photo gallery by MaryAnn Rosolino.

Explore the 2013 New York photo gallery.