August 9 Adventure Team Challenge – Washington DC Empowers Disabled Competitors

By Richard Rhinehart

Washington, D.C., July 29, 2013 – Parents of children and teens with developmental and physical disabilities are encouraged to register their children to participate in the August 9 Adventure Team Challenge – Washington DC from the national non-profit World T.E.A.M. Sports.

Held at the scenic Chesapeake & Ohio Canal National Historical Park along the Potomac River in Washington and suburban Maryland, the Challenge provides disabled children and teens the opportunity to hike, mountain bike and canoe in a supportive team event. Participants are teamed with able-bodied athletes who provide support and assistance during the single day event’s three stages.

Assisting a 2011 Challenge participant.

Able-bodied volunteers assist a participant of the 2011 Adventure Team Challenge – Washington DC. Photograph by Van Brinson.

“This event took our son to the next level of self-confidence, said Bonnie Linen-Carroll, whose son Jerry participated in the inaugural 2011 Adventure Team Challenge – Washington DC. “He left feeling so empowered, so confident in himself.”

Partnering with Dreams for Kids DC, Push America, Bikes to Borrow and The Boathouse at Fletcher’s Cove, World T.E.A.M. Sports provides the Challenge at no cost to adaptive participants. Lunches are provided by Subway of the Bethesda Naval Hospital, with fruit baskets from Edible Arrangements for nutritious snacks.

“Dreams for Kids DC is so grateful and honored to be partnering again with World T.E.A.M. Sports on what will truly be another inspiring Adventure Team Challenge – Washington DC,” said the non-profit’s Executive Director Glenda L. Fu. “Despite their disabilities, these children will hike, cycle, canoe through miles of forest, water and much more!”

“This year, Push America’s Build America team will be involved with World T.E.A.M. Sports for their Adventure Team Challenge – Washington DC. Each Build America participant will be paired with an individual with exceptional abilities and it will be their goal to complete a series of challenges together,” said Kevin Quinn, Push America’s Logistics Coordinator. “This event will come at the end of Build America’s six week tour of the United States where they have been building accessible amenities for summer camps that serve children with disabilities.”

“These Adventure Team Challenge – Washington DC events are some of the most rewarding events that we organize. The joy that these kids express while participating in these unique events makes all the effort worthwhile,” said Van Brinson, Chief Operations Officer for World T.E.A.M. Sports.

Online registration is currently open for the 2013 Challenge, with a limited number of spaces remaining for children from the Washington region. The event will include from 12 to 15 children with disabilities with able-bodied college volunteers providing on-course assistance.

“This event challenged his disability. He accomplished new goals that I didn’t think he could accomplish, but would never say to him,” said Linen-Carroll of her 19-year-old disabled son, Jerry, who is registered to participate in his second Challenge.

Said Fu, “The best part is seeing how the volunteers and coaches from World T.E.A.M sports empower these children to succeed! This clinic is different than all of other extreme recesses because of its length, physicality, and mixture of different activities–and we could only hold it with the support of World T.E.A.M.!”

“At the end of the trail walk, Jerry was asked why did you do it?” recalled Linen-Carroll of the 2011 Challenge. “He said, ‘because I’m a winner, not a loser, a winner.’ My son said it, but most of all, World T.E.A.M. helped him to believe it.”

Richard Rhinehart serves as Director of Communications for World T.E.A.M. Sports.

Paddling a canoe at the 2011 Challenge.

A team paddles their canoe at the 2011 Adventure Team Challenge – Washington DC from World T.E.A.M. Sports. Photograph by Van Brinson.