By Richard Rhinehart
August 20, 2014, Patchogue NY – Participants of World T.E.A.M. Sports’ Coastal Team Challenge relaxed this afternoon at the tropical-themed Dublin Deck restaurant in Patchogue, New York, following the successful conclusion of the non-profit organization’s two-day, 22 nautical mile sea kayak journey from Westhampton.
The ten disabled athletes and ten able-bodied participating athletes were welcomed to this central Long Island community by friends, family and supporters upon their arrival at the Leeward Cove Marina.
Teams completed today a transit of Narrow, Bellport and Patchogue Bays along the southern coast of Long Island from their early morning departure from Smith Point County Park, where they camped overnight on the beach. Fortunately, weather for the two-day event was warm and sunny, with none of the heavy rain that crossed the region last week, resulting in a seven-day postponement of the Challenge.
Like all World T.E.A.M. Sports events, the Coastal Team Challenge provided an opportunity for disabled and able-bodied athletes to work together to successfully complete sporting challenges. For the ten participating developmentally and physically-disabled athletes from Long Island’s Independent Group Home Living Program, the two-day sea kayak journey offered an outdoor adventure that will be long-remembered. It is through their exceptional effort that the teams successfully reached Patchogue.
Sponsors and partners for World T.E.A.M. Sports’ 2014 Coastal Team Challenge included Independent Group Home Living Program, American Portfolios Financial Services, TimeCapital and Capital One Bank. Each partner provided valued support for the success of the Challenge, from sponsorship funding to logistical support to volunteer assistance.