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Ambassador Paul Bremer Joins World TEAM Sports as President and Chief Executive Officer

Washington D.C., November 18, 2010World T.E.A.M. Sports, a 20-year-old not-for-profit organizer of non-competitive athletic events for disabled citizens, announced today the appointment of Ambassador Paul Bremer as President and Chief Executive Officer.  WTS Chairman Jim Benson said of the appointment, “Paul Bremer brings a wealth of talent and experience to World T.E.A.M. Sports.  His leadership and energy will help WTS expand its activities in the years ahead.”

Ambassador Paul "Jerry" Bremer and the Sea to Shining Sea riders approach Pittsburgh on July 14, 2010. U.S. Army photo by Staff Sgt. Michel Sauret.

Bremer comes to World T.E.A.M. Sports after a 40 year career in government, business and the not-for-profit sector.  He served as American Ambassador to the Netherlands and Presidential Envoy to Iraq.  In the private sector, he was Managing Director of Kissinger Associates and then as Chairman and CEO for Marsh Crisis Consulting.  He and his wife are founders of the Lincoln/Douglass Scholarship Foundation.  Bremer serves on numerous not-for-profit boards and for the past two years, has been on the Board of WTS.  He is an accomplished athlete.

Bremer follows Jeffrey Messner as President, who headed WTS since 2009.  During Messner’s tenure, the organization increased the size and number of athletic events for disabled citizens, including two new projects:  “Sea to Shining Sea,” a 4,000 mile coast-to-coast bicycle ride with wounded warriors; and “Soldiers to the Summit,” an expedition to the base camp of Mount Everest in Nepal for eleven wounded veterans.

“Jeff has provided critical leadership in an intense period of reorganization and growth.  By stabilizing WTS and forging important new relationships, he has positioned the organization for a bright future,” said Benson.  “We owe a debt of gratitude to Jeff and his wife, Kabao, for their tireless efforts on behalf of the WTS team.”

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About World T.E.A.M. Sports

Since1993, World T.E.A.M. Sports has organized athletic events for disabled citizens with three objectives:  the disabled athletes build self confidence and physical fitness; they provide an inspirational example to other disabled citizens to become physically active; and the disabled athletes are a model to all citizens of how courage and determination can overcome any obstacle.  In the past, these events have included mountain climbing, long distance bicycle rides, adventure racing and kayaking. World T.E.A.M. Sports is a registered 501(c)(3) organization.  To learn more, or to make a contribution, please visit our official website.

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