Stories

For Paul, completing the Face of America ride in 2009 was a watershed moment. He cycled beside a young man that had lost his lower right arm to a sniper in Sadr City, Baghdad, Iraq at the same time Paul was serving there. Already an avid cyclist, Paul enjoyed the ride, but upon its completion he also knew he wanted to do more with World T.E.A.M. Sports.

He joined the Board of Directors in 2010 and served as one of the team leaders for that year’s Sea to Shining Sea, a cross-country bicycle and hand cycle ride with injured veterans. The story of one military member in particular again made a big impact on Paul’s ride. In California, he met Kristi Hall, whose brother Bryan had been killed in Iraq the previous year. Kristi had several American flags with a small picture of Bryan attached. “I took one and promised Kristi that to honor his service and sacrifice, I would ride Bryan and the flag all the way to Virginia Beach.”

Paul completed the ride with Bryan on his handlebars and promptly sent the flag back to Kristi for her to keep. Paul continues to participate in as many World T.E.A.M. Sports events in as many capacities as possible. He coined the phrase “Changing Lives through Sports” because he saw firsthand that it was true. And, in addition to his bike gear, Paul carries with him those veterans he served with and continues to meet through World T.E.A.M. Sports events.