Adventure Team Challenge – Washington DC

An Inclusive Adventure Specifically for Teenaged D.C. Competitors

Participants hiking during the 2011 Adventure Teen Challenge

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

Adventure Team Challenge – Washington D.C. Promises Excitement

It’s clear that the Adventure Team Challenge – Washington D.C. from World T.E.A.M. Sports provides 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 2011 Challenge.

The Adventure Team Challenge – Washington DC is scheduled to return in the summer of 2016.

On Saturday, July 19, 2014, the Adventure Team Challenge – Washington DC returned to Washington and Montgomery County, Maryland.Adventure Team Challenge DC Logo

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 two previous 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 Adventure Team Challenge – Washington D.C. offers an exciting opportunity for developmentally disabled children and teens to actively participate in an outdoor sporting event with able-bodied participants. Each Challenge features hiking, mountain bicycling and water sport stages.

For the 2014 Challenge, partners for the inclusive event for disabled and able-bodied Washington-area pre-teens and teenagers included KEEN Greater DC, Push America and Dreams for Kids. SUBWAY of the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center provided lunches, and Edible Arrangements provided fruit baskets.

2014 Event Schedule

C&O Canal

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

Friday, July 18, 2014

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, July 19, 2014

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 2014 Adventure Team Challenge Washington DC was free of charge for all qualified pre-teens and teenagers with disabilities. Participants registered by email prior to the day of the event with the event coordinator. Parents also completed the 2014 Adventure Team Challenge D.C. Participant Waiver Form and bring 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 2014 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 came dressed for outdoor physical activities in hot summer weather. Summer clothing with good footwear is a must; shorts, t-shirts and a ball cap are fine. Be sure to apply sunscreen to the participants to avoid over-exposure in the bright summer sun.

Download the PDF-format Adventure Team Challenge D.C. 2014 Participant Guide.

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

Adventure Team Challenge – Washington D.C. Partners and Sponsors

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

KEEN Greater DC logo

Partner – 2014. KEEN Greater DC is a nonprofit volunteer-led organization that provides one-to-one recreational opportunities for children and young adults with developmental and physical disabilities at no cost to their families and caregivers. KEEN’s mission is to foster the self-esteem, confidence, skills and talents of its athletes through non-competitive activities, allowing young people facing even the most significant challenges to meet their individual goals. What is unique about KEEN? 1. We accept every child regardless of his/her ability or disability. 2. All KEEN programs are run and managed by committed volunteers. 3. Our programs are completely free of charge to the athletes and their families.

Push America logoPartner – 2014, 2013, 2011. 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.

Dreams for Kids logoPartner – 2014, 2013, 2011. 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.

SUBWAY of Walter ReedSponsor – 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 ArrangementsSponsor – 2014, 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.

HSC Foundation LogoSponsor – 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.

The Dralla Foundation LogoSponsor – 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.

Revolution Cycles LogoPartner – 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.

REI logoSponsor – 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.

Past Adventure Team Challenges in Washington, D.C.

2013 Adventure Team Challenge 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 Teen Challenge. 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 the 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 Teen Challenge.

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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