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Former Race Director Van Brinson Named World T.E.A.M. Sports Chief Operations Officer

Washington, D.C., November 23, 2010: World T.E.A.M. Sports, a 20-year-old not-for-profit organizer of non-competitive outdoor athletic events for disabled citizens, announced today the appointment of Major Van Brinson as Chief Operations Officer.

Major Brinson first became associated with World T.E.A.M. Sports during the annual Washington to Gettysburg Face of America Ride. Having seen the difference that athletics made in the lives of wounded service members, he became progressively more active with World T.E.A.M. Sports.  Most recently, he served as ride director for the inaugural Sea to Shining Sea Ride, sponsored by State Farm, in 2010.

Van Brinson is an active cyclist who participated in the Face of America and Sea to Shining Sea Rides.

In 1986, Major Brinson enlisted in the United States Marine Corps and was selected for a commissioning program in 1988. Following his graduation from North Carolina State University, he was commissioned as a second lieutenant in 1992. During his time in the Marine Corps, Major Brinson served as a Communications Officer for three years prior to being selected for training as a Naval Aviator. He received his wings in August 1997.  During his time in the Marine Corps, Major Brinson was stationed in Parris Island, SC; Yuma, AZ; Okinawa, Japan; Pensacola, FL; New River, NC; El Toro and Miramar, CA and Quantico, VA.

Major Brinson has participated in humanitarian assistance operations in East Timor, the evacuation of the crew of the USS Cole and flew in both Operation Enduring Freedom and Operation Iraqi Freedom. Upon his return from Iraq, Major Brinson was selected for duty with the Presidential Helicopter Squadron, HMX-1, in which he served for four years. Upon leaving HMX-1, he was assigned to the Operations Department at the Marine Corps Air Facility in Quantico, VA.  He retired from the Marine Corps on September 30, 2010.

Major Brinson is married to the former Allyson Bright of Lafayette, LA. They have one daughter, Ainsley.

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About World T.E.A.M. Sports

Since 1993, 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 make a contribution please visit us at:

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