An Inclusive Adventure Specifically for Teenaged Competitors
Adventure Team Challenge – Washington DC Promises Excitement
It’s clear that the Adventure Team Challenge – Washington DC from World T.E.A.M. Sports provides the participating developmentally disabled children and teens 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 Challenge in August, 2011.
“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 Challenge. “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!”
The Adventure Team Challenge – Washington DC returned to Washington and Montgomery County, Maryland on August 9, 2013. Partners for the inclusive event for disabled and able-bodied Washington area teenagers included Dreams for Kids, Push America and The Boathouse at Fletcher’s Cove. Subway of the Bethesda Naval Hospital provided lunches, and Edible Arrangements provided fruit baskets.
The Adventure Team Challenge – Washington DC offers an exciting opportunity for developmentally disabled children and teens to participate in an outdoor sporting event with able-bodied participants. The 2011 and 2013 Challenges featured hiking, mountain bicycling and water sport stages.
Adapted from World T.E.A.M. Sports‘ successful Adventure TEAM Challenge in western Colorado, inclusive teams of athletes navigated 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.
2013 Event Schedule
Thursday, August 8, 2013
2:00 p.m.: Volunteer walk-through and planning at Carderock, Chesapeake and Ohio Canal National Historical Park
Friday, August 9, 2013
8:30 a.m.: Participant arrival at Carderock, Chesapeake and Ohio Canal National Historical Park
10:00 a.m.: Challenge begins – Hiking event
11:00 a.m.: Bicycling event
12:00 p.m.: Canoe event
2:00 p.m.: Challenge conclusion
2:30 p.m.: Awards ceremony
3:00 p.m.: Participants depart
Adventure Team Challenge – Washington DC Partners and Sponsors
World T.E.A.M. Sports‘ Adventure Team Challenge – Washington DC enjoys the valuable support of the following companies and organizations.
Partner – 2011, 2013. Push America is a nonprofit organization headquartered in Charlotte, North Carolina and is dedicated to raising funds and awareness for people with disabilities. Originally created as the national philanthropy of Pi Kappa Phi Fraternity, the majority of Push America programs bring college fraternity men together with the disability community to participate in events highlighting the abilities of all people and providing leadership experiences unlike any other. Whether it is constructing accessible amenities at camps serving people with disabilities, raising funds through a cross-country cycling event, or teaming up to provide adaptive recreation opportunities, Push America impacts the lives of individuals in almost every state and every walk of life. Push America is committed to building leaders of tomorrow by serving people with disabilities today.
Partner – 2011, 2013. World T.E.A.M. Sports is partnering with the volunteer-based Washington, D.C. chapter of the non-profit Dreams for Kids to bring together teenagers with disabilities to participate in the Adventure Team Challenge – Washington DC. Founded in Chicago, Illinois in 1989, Dreams for Kids works with homeless and at-risk children, and with children with developmental and physical disabilities. The organization empowers children and breaks down social barriers to end isolation. Dreams for Kids provides children with opportunities to make a difference in local and global communities and be the solution instead of being seen as the problem.
Sponsor – 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 Bethesda Naval Hospital 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.
Sponsor – 2013. EDIBLE ARRANGEMENTS® 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.
Sponsor – 2011. The HSC Foundation is dedicated to improving access to services for individuals who face social and health care barriers due to disability, chronic illness, or other circumstances that present unique needs. The Foundation’s focus is on its Youth Transitions Initiative, a long-range project that supports young people and returning veterans with disabilities, in the Washington metropolitan area and beyond, to move from school to adulthood and into the world of work. The aim of the Initiative is to become a central resource in the field of youth transitions, filling gaps in information and providing support for organizations that are involved with transitioning youth, including youth-led organizations. The Initiative’s ultimate goal is to strengthen transition programs and services and stimulate other investments in the field.
Sponsor – 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.
Partner – 2011. Revolution Cycles was voted a Top 100 Bicycle Dealer In the United States for 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, and 2010. Revolution Cycle’s commitment to service and excellence has resulted in their being selected as the official bike shop for maintaining and acquiring bicycling equipment for the United States Secret Service, including the White House, Naval Observatory and Foreign Mission divisions. Additionally, they provide the same services for several other law enforcement agencies, including the U.S. Capitol Police, The National Institutes of Health, US Mint Police, George Washington University Police, sections of the National Park Service, and several local Washington metropolitan area police agencies.
Revolution’s customers come from all aspects of the cycling community, from children getting their first two wheeler, the racer looking to upgrade, couples considering their first new bike since college or the hard-working courier in need of a quick fix. Their customers are the backbone of the business and they appreciate the confidence their customers place in them to provide an outstanding experience. Revolution Cycles is certified as a Bicycle Friendly Business and a member of the National Bicycle Dealers Association.
Sponsor – 2011. Recreational Equipment Inc. (REI) is a national outdoor retail co-op dedicated to inspiring, educating and outfitting its members and the community for a lifetime of outdoor adventure and stewardship. Founded in 1938 by a group of Pacific Northwest mountaineers seeking quality equipment, REI is committed to promoting environmental stewardship and increasing access to outdoor recreation through volunteerism, gear donations and financial contributions.
The Inaugural 2011 Adventure Team Challenge – Washington DC
The August 9-10, 2011 Adventure Team Challenge – Washington DC 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 8 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.
The Adventure Team Challenge – Washington DC is based on World T.E.A.M. Sports’ Adventure TEAM Challenge in Colorado, in which inclusive teams of disabled and non-disabled athletes work together to successfully complete several outdoor sporting challenges. Through such inclusive competition, disabled participants build confidence and serve as a role model for others, as well as inspiring all competitors.
Spectators at the Adventure Team Challenge – Washington DC on August 10 cheered on the athletes.
Official 2011 Adventure Team Challenge – Washington DC Results
TEAM 7 Brad (disabled competitor)
TEAM 7 Kendan
TEAM 7 Jhonatan
First Place Hike:
TEAM 1 Dashawn (disabled competitor)
TEAM 1 Ryan
TEAM 1 Glenda
First Place Bike:
TEAM 7 Brad (disabled competitor)
TEAM 7 Kendan
TEAM 7 Jhonatan
First Place Canoe:
TEAM 2 Cortez (disabled competitor)
TEAM 2 Max
TEAM 2 Andrew
Exceptional Spirit Awards:
TEAM 4 Enjoshua (disabled competitor)
TEAM 4 Zack
TEAM 4 Kirby
TEAM 8 Jerry (disabled competitor)
TEAM 8 Cory
TEAM 8 Douglas
TEAM 8 Alex
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