By Richard Rhinehart
McLean, Virginia, February 17, 2014 – Veterans, and active duty servicemen and women often face physical, emotional and psychological challenges that can hinder reintegration into careers and their personal lives. Recognizing these challenges, management technology and engineering consultant and World T.E.A.M. Sports partner Booz Allen Hamilton is hosting a March 11 event to explore this topic at the firm’s headquarters in McLean, Virginia. There is no fee to attend.
Entitled The Benefits of Adaptive Sports and Psychological Wellness Initiatives on Rehabilitation and Reintegration of those with Service-Related Injuries, the event will provide attendees the opportunity to learn from subject matter experts in the field. Speakers will include retired World T.E.A.M. Sports CEO and President Paul Tyler and Col. Gregory Gadson, the garrison commander at Fort Belvoir, Virginia, who rode the 2009 and 2013 Face of America bicycle ride. Also participating are veteran Ballard Hall, a two time participant of the Face of America Ride; Alex Lincoln, Vice President, Tactical Business Development, EXOS API; Dr. Barbara Springer (US Army Ret), National Director, Project HERO, Ride 2 Recovery; Sako Maki Thompson, Senior Associate, Booz Allen Hamilton, Behavioral and Mental Health Expert; Robin Portman, Executive Vice President, Booz Allen Hamilton; and Booz Allen Senior Vice President Andrea Inserra, who will facilitate the discussion.
Through participation in adaptive sports programs, veterans, and active-duty servicemen and women regain a sense of purpose and feel empowered to take positive actions to improve their lives. Events like World T.E.A.M. Sports’ 110-mile two-day Face of America ride from the Pentagon to Gettysburg provide this engagement, and also help create a sense of community that is critical to veterans and service members.
“Adaptive sports and psychological wellness programs are having a positive impact on our service members and their families,” said Inserra. “This event is an opportunity for attendees to learn the achievements being gained to help those with service-related injuries to rehabilitate, reintegrate and build resiliency and how they can get involved to support this community. In April, I look forward to participating in my second Face of America ride to honor our veterans and build camaraderie with riders.”
“At World T.E.A.M. Sports, we are always looking for ways to expand our influence in the world of disabled athletics,” said Van Brinson, the organization’s CEO and President. “Forums such as this allow us a unique opportunity to interact with participants and professionals in this field and adapt our events to ensure that we are continuing to meet the needs of the community.”
Online registration for the conference is now open. Those unable to attend the conference in person are invited to participate online through an Internet web conference. Visit the registration page today!
The 4:00 to 5:30 p.m. event is followed by an hour-long networking reception, in which attendees can personally meet and discuss issues with panelists and other participants. Light refreshments will be served.
Booz Allen Hamilton is a proud supporter of adaptive sports programs for veterans and will be participating in several 2014 events including the National Veterans Winter Sports Clinic in March, World T.E.A.M. Sports‘ Face of America Ride in April, the National Veterans Wheelchair Games in August, and the National Veterans Summer Sports Clinic in September.
World T.E.A.M. Sports is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization chartered in North Carolina and headquartered in Holbrook, New York. Since 1993, World T.E.A.M. Sports has organized athletic events for disabled and able bodied citizens – mountain climbing, white water rafting, biking, and more. Four things always happen at our events: (1) Disabled participants build self-confidence and physical fitness; (2) The disabled provide a role model for other disabled citizens, encouraging them to take up physical activities; (3) The disabled become a moving inspiration to other participants and to spectators when they see that disabled individuals can meet challenges beyond anyone’s imagination; and (4) The disabled and able-bodied participants learn to work as a team to overcome those challenges. World T.E.A.M. Sports changes lives through sports.