Adventure Team Challenge Washington D.C.

An Inclusive Adventure Specifically for Teenaged D.C. Competitors

Participants hiking during the 2011 Adventure Team Challenge DC

Team members hike during the 2011 Adventure Team Challenge Washington D.C. World T.E.A.M. Sports photograph.

2016 Dralla Foundation Adventure Team Challenge Washington D.C. Promises Excitement for Athletes

It’s clear that the 2016 Dralla Foundation Adventure Team Challenge Washington D.C. from World T.E.A.M. Sports provided participating developmentally- and emotionally-disabled pre-teens and teenagers an outdoor experience that will be remembered for many years. “I’ve never done anything like it before in my life! It was a great experience!” exclaimed one enthusiastic participant following the inaugural 2011 Challenge.

Thanks to a grant from the Dralla Foundation, the Adventure Team Challenge Washington DC returned on September 17, 2016 to Washington and Montgomery County, Maryland.Adventure Team Challenge Washington DC Logo

At previous Challenge events in 2011, 2013 and 2014, participants and their families were impressed and inspired. “World T.E.A.M. Sports and the volunteers poured on buckets of encouragement to all of the participating children,” said Bonnie Linen-Carroll, whose son Jerry participated in the 2011 and 2013 Challenges. “They were very attentive to each and every child that came with their own disability issues. They were the most caring, supportive, attentive group of people you will ever want to send your child with on a challenge. Parents, if you believe your child can participate, send them on an adventure with World T.E.A.M. Sports – they will prove to your child or children that they can!”

Adapted from World T.E.A.M. Sports‘ successful Adventure Team Challenge in western Colorado, inclusive teams of athletes navigate each stage of the event. Held in the scenic Chesapeake & Ohio Canal National Historical Park along the Potomac River at Washington, the Challenge encourages teams to work together to overcome obstacles and finish together.

The Dralla Foundation Adventure Team Challenge Washington D.C. offered an exciting opportunity for developmentally-disabled pre-teens and teenagers to actively participate in an outdoor sporting event with able-bodied participants. Each Challenge features hiking, off-road bicycling and water sport stages.

For the 2016 Challenge, partners for the inclusive event for adaptive and able-bodied Washington-area athletes included Best Buddies Capital Region, SUBWAY of the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center, and Edible Arrangements of DC and Arlington.

2016 Event Schedule

C&O Canal

Challenge competitors will enjoy the gentle C&O Canal Trail. Photograph by Van Brinson.

Friday, September 16, 2016

2:00 p.m.: Volunteer walk-through and planning at Carderock Recreation Area, Chesapeake and Ohio Canal National Historical Park. Overview complete by 4:30 p.m.

Saturday, September 17, 2016

9:30 a.m.: Participant arrival at Carderock Recreation Area, Chesapeake and Ohio Canal National Historical Park. The site is reached by the Clara Barton Parkway, just west of the Capital Beltway, Interstate 495. Review online directions to the Carderock Recreation Area.

10:00 a.m.: Challenge begins – Hiking event

11:00 a.m.: Bicycling event begins

12:00 p.m.: Canoe event begins

2:00 p.m.: Challenge conclusion

2:30 p.m.: Awards ceremony

3:00 p.m.: Participant departure – parent pick-up from the Boathouse at Fletcher’s Cove, 4940 Canal Rd. NW, Washington DC 20007.

Attending the Challenge

Participating in the 2016 Adventure Team Challenge Washington DC was free of charge for all qualified teens and young adults with disabilities. Participants registered through Best Buddies Capital Region prior to the event. Parents also completed the 2016 Dralla Foundation Adventure Team Challenge D.C. Participant Waiver Form and brought it to check-in at Carderock on Saturday morning.

Each participant of the Challenge received a complimentary lunch courtesy of SUBWAY of the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center. The Challenge also provided water and snacks, and an official 2016 event t-shirt for all participants.

Parents of participants volunteered for the event by contacting our event coordinator. Parents were also invited to stay and cheer on the teams as they completed the stages.

Participants were asked to come dressed for outdoor physical activities in hot summer weather. Summer clothing with good footwear was a must; shorts, t-shirts and a ball cap were also needed. Parents were encouraged to apply sunscreen to the participants to avoid over-exposure in the bright summer sun.

The Challenge is non-competitive and all teams complete each stage.

2016 Dralla Foundation Adventure Team Challenge Washington D.C. Partners and Sponsors

World T.E.A.M. Sports‘ Dralla Foundation Adventure Team Challenge Washington D.C. enjoys the valuable support of the following companies and organizations.

The Dralla Foundation LogoSponsor – 2016, 2011. The Dralla Foundation provides enrichment for the lives of children and adults with disabilities. This is accomplished through providing support of programs that help the disabled and allow them to fulfill their dreams or visions. This Rockaway, New Jersey organization provides grants that allow organizations to make a difference and inspire individuals and their families who struggle with physical disabilities.

Best Buddies Capital Region logoPartner – 2016. World T.E.A.M. Sports is partnering with the Washington, D.C. regional chapter of the non-profit Best Buddies to bring together teenagers with disabilities to participate in the Dralla Foundation Adventure Team Challenge Washington D.C. Best Buddies Capital Region offers One-to-One Friendship, Integrated Employment and Leadership Development programs – positively impacting nearly 28,560 individuals with and without disabilities in Capital Region.

SUBWAYSponsor – 2016, 2014, 2013. With a mixture of fresh ingredients, a whole lot of customer service, and a dash of innovation, the SUBWAY® brand continues to be the leader of providing nutritious and delicious sandwiches the whole family will love. SUBWAY® of the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center is committed to providing a wide range of great tasting, healthier food choices while reducing our environmental footprint and creating a positive influence in the communities we serve. We know that it takes more than just good food to nourish a strong people and build a vibrant community. It starts with taking care of people, the heart and soul of the SUBWAY® experience. We value the cultural richness and breadth of ideas resulting from the diversity that is fostered in who we are and what we do. We are dedicated to building strong business relationships through open communication, respect and with each other as well as by serving our customers and our neighborhoods; much like we do within our own families. We draw on the strong entrepreneurial spirit and passion that exists throughout our organization to help shape and grow our business. We strive to and create opportunities for people within the communities in which serve. We continually challenge each other to succeed through teamwork, against shared goals & benchmarks, and to be accountable for our actions. We take great pride in our business and are committed to being good global citizens; to encouraging healthy, active lifestyles and to making a difference where we live and work.

Edible Arrangements of DC and ArlingtonSponsor – 2016, 2014. EDIBLE ARRANGEMENTS® of DC and Arlington is the creator of and leader in fresh fruit bouquets. We bring happiness to all of life’s occasions with our array of irresistibly fresh products, including handcrafted fruit arrangements and gourmet chocolate dipped fruit. We believe in invention, investment and imagination, and have an entrepreneurial history and spirit. Above all, we are fresh fruit fanatics. Our stores create magnificent, fresh fruit arrangements and gourmet chocolate dipped fruit to order, for pick-up or delivery, seven days a week.

Past Adventure Team Challenges in Washington, D.C.

Participants Enjoy 2014 Adventure Team Challenge Washington D.C.

The July 19, 2014 Adventure Team Challenge Washington D.C. included 16 young athletes with disabilities from the Washington, D.C. region.

Athletes at the 2014 Adventure Team Challeng Washington D.C.

Athletes at the 2014 Adventure Team Challenge Washington D.C. join together for a team photograph. World T.E.A.M. Sports archive photograph.

With support from KEEN Greater DC, Push America and Dreams for Kids, the young participants found adventure just outside of the city in the scenic Chesapeake and Ohio Canal National Historical Park. As with the previous two Challenges, disabled athletes were teamed with able-bodied athletes and undertook stages including hiking, bicycling and canoeing.

For many of the athletes, the Challenge offered their first opportunity to experience the outdoors and to undertake challenging sporting activities. This was memorable not only to the athletes, but also to their parents.

2013 Adventure Team Challenge Washington D.C. Brings Competitors

Non-profit World T.E.A.M. Sports‘ second Adventure Team Challenge Washington D.C. at the Chesapeake & Ohio National Historical Park along Washington’s Potomac River included a large group of competitors from the greater Washington D.C. region.

The team at the Challenge conclusion.

Team members and volunteers at the conclusion of the 2013 Adventure Team Challenge Washington D.C. Photograph by Van Brinson.

Through the strong support of partners and sponsors Dreams for Kids DC, Push America, The Boathouse at Fletcher’s Cove, Subway of the Bethesda Naval Hospital and Edible Arrangements, the participating developmentally and physically disabled teen competitors completed three stages, including hiking, mountain biking and canoeing.

Under sunny, warm skies, the event concluded with a festive awards ceremony, in which participants received completion medals and certificates for their remarkable accomplishments.

Although the Adventure Team Challenge Washington D.C. is only a single day, the adventure experienced by the participants will last a lifetime.

Teen Competition at Inaugural Adventure Team Challenge

The 2011 Challenge, presented with Push America and Dreams for Kids, was a unique and powerful outdoor sporting event for disabled and able-bodied Washington area teenagers.

Full group image of the 2011 Adventure Team Challenge Washington D.C.

The full team at the 2011 Adventure Team Challenge Washington D.C. – participants, volunteers and staff. Photograph by Van Brinson.

The August 9-10, 2011 Adventure Team Challenge Washington D.C. brought together 19 teenagers aged 13 to 18, who worked together as teams, completing each stage of the multisport event to cross the finish line together. Held in Washington, D.C. and Montgomery County, Maryland, in the Chesapeake and Ohio Canal National Historical Park along the banks of the Potomac River, the Challenge included eight teams. Each team consisted of one disabled and one able-bodied teen. Working together, the participants navigated an orienteering course, rode mountain bikes and finished with a canoe race.

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