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Colorado’s 2016 Adventure Team Challenge Documented in New Videos

Grand Junction, CO  – Videographer Ed Shank has released three new videos featuring action from World T.E.A.M. Sports’ inclusive Adventure Team Challenge Colorado. The videos, including interviews with participating athletes, are part of a series of short films Shank is creating in support of the challenging event.

Held in the high Colorado desert west of Grand Junction September 23-25, the Adventure Team Challenge featured 12 teams of five athletes, two on each team being adaptive with disabilities ranging from loss of limb to paralysis to Post-Traumatic Stress. Teams work closely together to successfully complete each stage, using teamwork, innovation and creativity. During the weekend, teams rode mountain bikes off-road, rafted the Colorado River and Highline Lake, climbed a red sandstone monolith and navigated by map and compass through back country terrain.

“I’ve never done extreme sports in my life,” explained George Burnard, a British-born athlete from San Francisco-based LIM Innovations. Yet, Burnard was impressed by his colleagues in the competition. “I’ve never seen anything like it.”

Robert Spotswood, another LIM Innovations athlete from California, noted the Challenge was the “most amazing two days I’ve had in a long time.” Through collaboration with his fellow team members, Spotswood said at the Challenge conclusion that it is “a remarkable experience – I’m so proud to be a part of this.”

Shank’s short videos include action from the Challenge along with athlete interviews. “I looked for interesting stories and perspectives that highlight the uniqueness of this event,” explained Shank. “As much as possible, I tried to use the movement of individual athletes shot from interesting angles.”

A military public affairs officer with 30 years of service, Shank has experience as a combat journalist. “Much of that time has been spent telling stories about U.S. service men and women around the world, including two tours in Iraq and one in Afghanistan,” he said. For the Adventure Team Challenge, Shank filmed and photographed to document, but to also provide support for later education and marketing efforts. “We focused on trying to capture as much of the feeling and excitement surrounding the Challenge in order to educate people who know nothing about the organization, as well as to document activities for those who participated.”

Encouraged to contribute as a member of the event’s media team by U.S. Marine Col. Jim Kuhn, Shank said he found the Challenge to be compelling. “I think the thing that impressed me most was seeing teammates who had never met being introduced for the first time, then filming them hugging and cheering each other on by the last day of the race. I’ve never seen individuals become so close so quickly in any environment other than combat.”

Though the remoteness of the Challenge – held in primitive regions of the Bureau of Land Management’s McInnis Canyons National Conservation Area near the Utah state border – results in limited interest by television and print media, Shank believes the media will come on board in coming years. “Your biggest recruiters are those who have participated or volunteered to support the Challenge,” he explained. “Their enthusiasm is totally infectious! And, with free social media readily available, I wouldn’t be surprised if stories from this year’s event spread to both media outlets and organizations around the world who say ‘I want to be a part of that.’”

For adaptive athletes like LIM Innovation’s Ranjit Steiner, the Adventure Team Challenge impressed him. Noting he participated in the event with a team of office colleagues, he found the Challenge was “the next level of any competition we’ve really been a part of, especially as a group.”

The 2016 Adventure Team Challenge Colorado from World T.E.A.M. Sports was supported through partnerships from American Portfolios Financial Services, Audubon Orthotic & Prosthetic Services, Devens Recycling Center, Ernst & Young, James Benson, LIM Innovations, Napier Park Global Capital, Penske Truck Rental, Presidential Worldwide Transportation, Rutgers University – Department of Athletics, Sila Solutions Group, and Timberline Tours.

About World T.E.A.M. Sports

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.

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Adaptive Athletes Excel at World T.E.A.M. Sports’ Tenth Annual Adventure Team Challenge

Grand Junction, Colorado – Under picture-perfect sunny skies September 25, the 11 teams competing in national non-profit World T.E.A.M. Sports’ tenth annual Adventure Team Challenge Colorado paddled to the sandy Highline Lake shore and triumphantly passed underneath the arched finish line.

For many of the participating adaptive and able-bodied athletes, the conclusion of the three stage race in western Colorado’s Highline Lake State Park was a moment for heartfelt celebration and cheer. Yet, as everyone departed for homes across the continent a few hours later, athletes and volunteers recognized with pride and satisfaction they had been part of something exceptional.

During the long weekend, the athletes had successfully completed stages at Highline Lake and in the Bureau of Land Management’s McInnis Canyons National Conservation Area, just east of the Utah state line. Considered by experienced adventure sports athletes to be one of the most demanding adventure races in the United States, the Challenge sends teams of five athletes, two being adaptive, one a wheelchair user, into the high desert terrain.

This year’s stages included hiking, off-road bicycling, rafting on the 173-acre Highline Lake and a ten mile float along the swift-moving Colorado River. Athletes also climbed rocks and used maps and orienteering to successfully navigate the course. The Challenge is not a showcase for individual athleticism, but an opportunity for athletes of all abilities and backgrounds to work together through innovation, cooperation and ingenious teamwork. Reaching goals is possible for these teams of men and women when they work supportively together.

Designed by Eco Challenge finisher Billy Mattison of Vail, the 2016 course saw athletes transferring from bicycles and hand cycles to rafts provided by partner Timberline Tours. A low-level zip line offered one technical challenge, as did rocky and sandy single track trails, unfamiliar high desert terrain and a climb to the top of a surprisingly slick red sandstone spire. With many athletes meeting for the first time on the evening prior to the Prologue, teams had to quickly learn each members’ strengths and weaknesses.

As unsettled weather moved into western Colorado the morning of September 23, athletes that afternoon and the following day benefited from the cooler afternoon temperatures, but they also had to manage occasional rain showers and gusty winds. The early fall storm dampened the dust on the trails, but left muddy sections and puddles to negotiate.

Fortunately, September 25 dawned warm and sunny, allowing athletes to enjoy their final stage of the Challenge. Hiking, bicycling and rafting at the popular state park north of Loma, the athletes showed they had mastered the race’s cooperative team nature and finished as coordinated, supportive teams.

This year’s Challenge included a September 22 welcome talk in Grand Junction by former Colorado Governor Bill Ritter Jr., and visits to the Highline Lake camp by Third District Congressional Representative Scott Tipton and Colorado Outdoor Recreation Industry Office Director Luis Benitez. Each came away impressed with the participating athletes and a greater understanding of the incredible spirit of adaptive sports.

The 2016 Adventure Team Challenge Colorado from World T.E.A.M. Sports was supported through partnerships from American Portfolios Financial Services, Audubon Orthotic & Prosthetic Services, Devens Recycling Center, Ernst & Young, James Benson, LIM Innovations, Napier Park Global Capital, Penske Truck Rental, Presidential Worldwide Transportation, Rutgers University – Department of Athletics, Sila Solutions Group, and Timberline Tours. 

About World T.E.A.M. Sports

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.

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World T.E.A.M. Sports’ Adventure Team Challenge Supported by Global Advisory Services Leader Ernst & Young

Holbrook, New York – National non-profit World T.E.A.M. Sports welcomes global advisory services leader Ernst & Young as a partner in the organization’s annual Adventure Team Challenge in western Colorado September 23-25. Selected EY staff members will travel to Grand Junction September 22 to participate in the three-stage, multi-sport event hosted in rugged McInnis Canyons National Conservation Area and Highline Lake State Park.

“World T.E.A.M. Sports is proud to welcome Ernst and Young to our Adventure Team Challenge Colorado,” said Van Brinson, the organization’s CEO and President. “This event presents every participant with a unique leadership and team building opportunity. I am certain that the Ernst and Young athletes will gain a new perspective from the experience. We welcome their participation and look forward to partnering with them on future Challenges.”

Since the inaugural Challenge in June 2007, the event has brought together adaptive and able-bodied athletes from across the United States in a competitive team challenge. Sporting activities in three stages in the high Colorado Plateau near the Utah state line include off-road bicycling, river rafting, orienteering, and rock sports.

Participating Challenge teams each include five athletes. Of these five, two are adaptive athletes, one being a wheelchair user. As all team members are required to complete stages together, cooperation and teamwork is critical in efficiently solving multiple technical challenges along the route.

“EY is a proud sponsor of the Colorado Adventure Team Challenge,” said Samuel Hughes, Partner, Ernst & Young LLP. “Our firm has a long history of leveraging diverse teams to produce exceptional results, and we look forward to supporting an event that also celebrates camaraderie and achievement.”

Adaptive athletes who compete in the Challenge have included paraplegic and quadriplegic athletes, athletes with prosthetic limbs, blind and deaf athletes, and athletes who live with Post Traumatic Stress and Traumatic Brain Injuries. Through this inclusive competition in a challenging back country environment, the athletes create lasting friendships. More importantly, their inspirational experiences together are shared with family, friends and colleagues.

This year’s Challenge is scheduled to include 12 participating teams with athletes from California to Massachusetts. Like all World T.E.A.M. Sports events, the Adventure Team Challenge changes lives for the better through sports.

The 2016 Adventure Team Challenge Colorado from World T.E.A.M. Sports is supported through partnerships from American Portfolios Financial Services, Audubon Orthotic & Prosthetic Services, Devens Recycling Center, Ernst & Young, James Benson, LIM Innovations, Napier Park Global Capital, Penske Truck Rental, Presidential Worldwide Transportation, Rutgers University – Department of Athletics, Sila Solutions Group, and Timberline Tours. 

About Ernst & Young 

Ernst & Young is a global leader in assurance, tax, transaction and advisory services. The insights and quality services we deliver help build trust and confidence in the capital markets and in economies the world over. We develop outstanding leaders who team to deliver on our promises to all of our stakeholders. In so doing, we play a critical role in building a better working world for our people, for our clients and for our communities.

EY refers to the global organization, and may refer to one or more, of the member firms of Ernst & Young Global Limited, each of which is a separate legal entity. Ernst & Young Global Limited, a UK company limited by guarantee, does not provide services to clients. For more information about our organization, please visit ey.com.

About World T.E.A.M. Sports

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.

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American Portfolios Sponsor of World T.E.A.M. Sports’ Adventure Team Challenge

Holbrook, New York – New York’s American Portfolios Financial Services, an independent broker/dealer that serves affiliated financial advisors nationwide, returns as a leading financial sponsor for national non-profit World T.E.A.M. Sports’ September 23-25 Adventure Team Challenge near Grand Junction in western Colorado.

A sponsor for the inaugural Adventure Team Challenge from World T.E.A.M. Sports in June, 2007, hosted at the Rancho del Rio Resort north of Eagle, Colorado, American Portfolios has offered support for the Challenge in many years since. The firm also has supported other inclusive sporting events from the organization.

“American Portfolios is one of our most supportive partners,” said World T.E.A.M. Sports CEO and President Van Brinson. “They are annual sponsors of our Face of America ride in addition to the Adventure Team Challenge. We welcome their participation and look forward to partnering with them on future Challenges.”

American Portfolios’ CEO, CIO and President Lon Dolber became involved with World T.E.A.M. Sports with the organization’s January 2007 Return to Kilimanjaro expedition to Africa. As a member of the team that successfully summited the 19,341-foot peak, Dolber was encouraged to participate as an athlete in the Real Deal Inclusive Sports Adventure, the predecessor to the Challenge.

“For the last ten years, American Portfolios has been a proud participant and sponsor of several World T.E.A.M. Sports events,” said Dolber. “An unfathomable idea that became a reality was Adventure Team Challenge, which I had the privilege of doing in 2007 alongside some incredible and inspiring athletes. It was a humbling experience, whereas teammates out in the elements competed under extreme physical conditions – it equalized us.”

Since the beginning Challenge in 2007, the Colorado event has featured teams of five athletes, two being adaptive. In each team, one of the adaptive athletes is a wheelchair user, which requires exceptional teamwork and cooperation between the athletes for the team to successfully complete each stage in the wild and unpredictable back country.

Surviving a harrowing experience in a series of challenging whitewater rapids on the Colorado River in rugged Gore Canyon, Dolber is supportive of the Challenge and the power shared adventure and risk has in bringing together athletes of all abilities.

“Nine years later, Adventure Team Challenge has been going strong, bringing together teams each year with a diverse mix of physical capabilities and disabilities, to be united as one in achieving a rigorous outdoor wilderness challenge,” he said.

The 2016 Adventure Team Challenge from World T.E.A.M. Sports is supported through partnerships from American Portfolios Financial Services, Audubon Orthotic & Prosthetic Services, Devens Recycling Center, Ernst & Young, James Benson, LIM Innovations, Napier Park Global Capital, Penske Truck Rental, Presidential Worldwide Transportation, Rutgers University – Department of Athletics, Sila Solutions Group, and Timberline Tours.

About American Portfolios

Headquartered in Holbrook, N.Y., APFS is a full-service, independent broker/dealer and member firm of FINRA and SIPC, offering a complete range of financial services, including personal financial and retirement planning, securities trading, mutual funds, access to investment research, long-term care planning, insurance products and tax-free investing. Fee-based asset management is offered through its sister subsidiary, American Portfolios Advisors, Inc., (APA), an SEC Registered Investment Advisor. Both entities, along with technology division American Outsources, LLC (AO,) collectively reside under the legal entity American Portfolios Holdings, Inc. (APH). Full-service securities brokerage is available through a clearing firm relationship with Pershing, LLC, a BNY Mellon firm, the securities of which are held on a fully disclosed basis. The company currently serves 807 independent investment professionals located in 366 branch locations throughout the nation. It was named Broker-Dealer of the Year (Division III) by Investment Advisor magazine in 2015 and 2016, as well as the No. 1 Best Small/Mid-Size Company to Work for in the state of New York for 2016 by the New York State Society for Human Resources Management (NYS-SHRM) and the Best Companies Group (BCG).

About World T.E.A.M. Sports

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.

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World T.E.A.M. Sports’ Dralla Foundation ATC D.C. Brings Together Athletes

 

 

National non-profit World T.E.A.M. Sports’ inclusive Dralla Foundation Adventure Team Challenge Washington D.C. is returning to the Chesapeake & Ohio Canal National Historical Park on Saturday, September 17. The outdoor adventure race will include adaptive and able-bodied athletes from the Washington region competing in a three-stage, single day event.

In the three Adventure Team Challenges in Washington since June 2011, nearly 60 teens and young adults have participated in off-road bicycling, hiking and canoeing. In this year’s event, 15 adaptive athletes will be teamed with 15 able-bodied athletes selected by non-profit Best Buddies Capital Region. Volunteers from the Falls Church, Virginia organization will assist World T.E.A.M. Sports in the management of the event, which will feature meals and snacks for athletes provided by SUBWAY of the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center and Edible Arrangements of DC and Arlington.

Competition begins at 8 a.m. Saturday at the Carderock Recreation Area just outside the Washington beltway. Athletes will hike one mile on a local trail, ride bicycles seven miles along the gravel C & O Canal pathway, and then paddle one-half mile along the historic canal in canoes. The Challenge concludes at the Boathouse at Fletcher’s Cove, where athletes will be joined by family and friends for a celebration and awarding of completion medals.

Challenge athletes commonly include individuals with medical and developmental conditions ranging from autism to Down syndrome to Cerebral Palsy and Asperger syndrome. For many of these exceptional athletes, this outdoor adventure along the Chesapeake & Ohio Canal represents their first sporting experience in paddling a canoe or riding a bicycle.

The 2016 Dralla Foundation Adventure Team Challenge Washington D.C. is presented by Dralla Foundation, in partnership with Best Buddies Capital Region. Additional support is provided by SUBWAY of the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center and Edible Arrangements of DC and Arlington.

About Dralla Foundation

Dralla Foundation was founded by Peter Allard, President of Allard USA, a manufacturer of a range of orthopedic devices designed to improve physical function and enhance the quality of life for individuals with physical challenges. The testimonials of the wearers of these devices inspired Peter to give back to individuals with physical challenges and start Dralla Foundation. Dralla will award grants to other organizations who share their mission.

About Best Buddies 

Best Buddies Capital Region is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to establishing a global volunteer movement that creates opportunities for one-to-one friendships, integrated employment and leadership development for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD). The IDD community that Best Buddies serves includes, but is not limited to, people with Down syndrome, autism, Fragile X, Williams syndrome, cerebral palsy, traumatic brain injury and other undiagnosed disabilities. Best Buddies is the world’s largest organization dedicated to ending the social, physical and economic isolation of the 200 million people with IDD. For individuals within this community, Best Buddies helps them form meaningful friendships with their peers, secure successful jobs, live independently, improve public speaking, self-advocacy and communications skills, and feel valued by society.

About World T.E.A.M. Sports

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.

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The International Snow Science Workshop Returns To Breckenridge, Colorado After 24 Years

BRECKENRIDGE, Colo. (September 14, 2016) – The International Snow Science Workshop (ISSW), the world’s marquee conference for snow and avalanche professionals, returns to Colorado Oct. 3-7, 2016. The five-day event will allow expert researchers and practitioners in the field of avalanche and snow science to merge theory and practice in one of the nation’s premier ski destinations.

The ISSW, which features daily lectures, poster sessions and panel discussions covering a variety of topics in the snow science field, gives attendees the opportunity to learn about the latest research and discuss best practices for avalanche forecasting and mitigation.

Aside from the daily meetings, attendees are encouraged to enjoy themselves in and around the scenic high mountain town of Breckenridge. To break up the indoor meetings, organizers have set up multiple field trips on Wednesday, including tours of the recent Gazex installation on Loveland Pass, a tour of the avalanche program at Breckenridge Ski Resort, guided mountain bike rides, paddle boarding, whitewater rafting and golf. Nightly social events are scheduled; ranging from a “Taste of Colorado” on Monday, to a banquet with professional skier Chris Davenport as the keynote speaker on Thursday.

Researchers who study avalanche and snow science, as well as those who practice it in the field, are encouraged to visit the ISSW website to register for this year’s conference. Discounted rates are available for lodging at the Beaver Run Resort. While registering the option will also be given to purchase passes to social events and field trips.

The week is shaping up to be both informational and entertaining. For any further inquiries visit issw.org.

About the ISSW:

The International Snow Science Workshop has its roots in meetings held informally in the 1950s and early 1960s when practitioners realized the importance of interdisciplinary exchange of ideas and experiences. The first meeting that brought together government agencies, industries and users dedicated both to snow and avalanche science was held in April, 1960 in Santa Fe, New Mexico. Following the 1960 meeting sporadic and informal meetings on snow science and safety were held until 1982. In 1982 a group of Montana State University snow researchers established the ISSW as a bi-annual meeting between snow scientist and practitioners. The ISSW has continued meeting to this day, rotating between locations in the US, Canada and Europe to discuss the latest scientific findings and most effective practices in the field.

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World T.E.A.M. Sports’ Adventure Team Challenge Brings Together Adaptive and Able-Bodied Athletes

This September 23-25, 60 athletes from 13 states across the country will travel to Grand Junction, Colorado for World T.E.A.M. Sports’ tenth annual Adventure Team Challenge Colorado.

The three-stage adventure race sends teams of five athletes, including three able-bodied and two adaptive athletes, one being a wheel-chair user, along narrow single track mountain bike trails, rafting through the Colorado River’s raging rapids, hiking up rugged rock outcroppings and through backcountry regions following a detailed map.

To successfully complete the Adventure Team Challenge, it takes physical stamina, strategic decision-making, exceptional cooperation and solid teamwork between the entire team.

“This was one of the best experiences of my life,” said an able-bodied athlete following the September 2015 Challenge. “It was a challenging event in a beautiful location. Being provided the chance to compete with disabled athletes – who are more athletic than me – was amazing.”

Adaptive athletes in the Challenge include military veterans who were injured in the line of duty, along with civilians and first-responders who have experienced life-changing accidents or illnesses. Participants have included paraplegics and quadriplegics, amputees, blind and deaf athletes, and athletes living with traumatic brain injuries and post-traumatic stress.

For all of the participating athletes and volunteers, camping out under the stars throughout the Challenge creates long-lasting friendships that continue long after they return home.

The success and participation of teams and athletes is made possible through charitable donations from friends, family, and a host of other companies and organizations directly involved in the support of persons with disabilities and our injured military veterans.

About World T.E.A.M. Sports

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.

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Adaptive Athletes to Compete in World T.E.A.M. Sports’ Adventure Team Challenge New York

Harris, New York – National non-profit World T.E.A.M. Sports’ popular Adventure Team Challenge New York returns to Harris and the grounds of The Center for Discovery September 8-9. Bringing together teams of developmentally-disabled athletes and able-bodied coaches, the annual outdoor sporting event features bicycling, water sports, mountain climbing, geocaching, and a multi-activity obstacle course.

“World T.E.A.M. Sports is proud to once again bring the Adventure Team Challenge back to New York,” said Van Brinson, the organization’s CEO and President. “This is the seventh year we have held this event and we hope to continue it for many years to come. This event directly impacts the lives of the participants.”

With 78 participating athletes and coaches, the 2016 Challenge will include 32 adaptive athletes from the non-profit Center for Discovery’s residence homes. Many of these athletes have not previously participated in outdoor sporting activities, so assistance and support from the coaching team will be invaluable. Coaches include staff from The Center for Discovery, employees from the Holbrook, New York American Portfolios Financial Services, and skilled athletes who have participated in other inclusive World T.E.A.M. Sports sporting events.

American Portfolios’ Chairman Lon Dolber created the New York event following his participation in World T.E.A.M. Sports’ 2008 Real Deal Inclusive Sports Adventure in Colorado’s high mountains. In the six years since its inaugural 2010 running, more than 120 developmentally-disabled athletes have participated in New York. While the adaptive athletes greatly benefit from completing the three stages of the Challenge, the coaches also gain an appreciation of the exceptional dedication of the athletes and their drive for success. In addition, the athletes’ enthusiasm creates an enjoyable and supportive atmosphere that will be remembered by all participants long after the Challenge is completed.

Although most athletes will compete in all stages of the two-day event, this year, four adaptive athletes will concentrate on another goal. In the early morning hours of September 9, they will travel 34 miles northeast into the Catskill Mountains. With support and guidance from coaches, they will set off on foot to gain nearly 1,900 feet in the three mile climb of Slide Mountain, the highest peak in the Catskills with an elevation of 4,190 feet.

For athletes and coaches not climbing Slide Mountain, they travel to The Town of Fallsburg’s Morningside Park for the annual Regatta Challenge September 9. Teams will use canoes and paddleboats to complete a water sports stage on Morningside Lake.

In addition to the sporting activities, many athletes will camp the evening of September 8 on the grounds of The Center for Discovery. Participants will enjoy an outdoor dinner hosted by The Carrus Institute and a musical concert before retiring to their tents for the night.

The 2016 Adventure Team Challenge New York is co-directed by Lon Dolber and Richard Humleker, Vice President for Development for The Center for Discovery. American Portfolios’ Sandy White and MaryAnn Rosolino are serving as event coordinators. Sponsorship for the Challenge is by American Portfolios Financial Services Inc., a Holbrook, New York independent brokerage and financial service corporation founded in 2001. The event is presented in partnership with The Carrus Institute and The Center for Discovery, a non-profit Harris, New York organization that has provided educational, health, residential and family support for children and adults with severe disabilities for more than 60 years.

About The Center for Discovery

The Center for Discovery is a Harris, New York-based community of care that enables and encourages people with disabilities by attending to all the aspects of a productive, meaningful, and happy life, by creating a model of an inclusive and welcoming place to belong that supports the well-being of all its members, enriches the regional economy, creates valued work opportunities on Main Street and safeguards and enriches the health and well-being of individuals and the land that sustains us.

About World T.E.A.M. Sports

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.

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Tepui Tents Puts Rooftop Tent Category on the Map with Six Awards at 2016 Outdoor Retailer Summer Market

SANTA CRUZ, Calif. (August 15, 2016) — In only its second year as an exhibitor at Outdoor Retailer Summer Market (ORSM), Tepui Tents, a leading innovator in rooftop tents and shelters, collected six editorial awards and accolades from major media outlets, including Popular MechanicsOutside, Gear Junkie, Men’s Journal, The Manual and Elevation Outdoors.

Each year, more than one thousand of the industry’s leading outdoor and active lifestyle brands gather at Summer Market to introduce the latest outdoor gear and apparel. Attending media recognize a small selection of the most innovative, disruptive products at the event.

“We’re honored to earn this recognition from some of the best, most respected media outlets in the country,” said Evan Currid, founder of Tepui Tents. “We were the first company to bring rooftop tents to the outdoor market, so it’s amazing to see these products burst onto the scene and into more mainstream, outdoor consumers.”

Tepui Tents received awards for its two new tents that debuted at the Summer Market: White Lightning, a rack-ready, hard shell tent and the Baja Series, which introduced the rooftop tent category’s first interchangeable canopy system. The MSRP and availability for the Baja series is to-be-determined. The White Lightning is set to deliver to the marketplace late fall at $3,800 MSRP.

White Lightning is available at a discounted price for pre-orders through the company’s website, www.tepuitents.com.

The Santa Cruz-based brand was founded in 2010 and quickly gained traction in the overland and off-road markets. Since then, Tepui has led the category’s growth in adjacent outdoor markets, among mountain bikers, climbers, surfers and weekend campers who are opting for the comfort, portability and convenience afforded by a rooftop tent.

Earlier this year, Tepui Tents became the first rooftop tent available from REI, the national outdoor specialty retailer and consumer co-op. Following a successful sales trial, REI is expanding its distribution fall 2016 and spring 2017. Tepui will also be available at other major retailers, including Bass Pro Shops, Cabela’s and Backcountry.com.

About Tepui Tents: 

Founded in 2010, and based in Santa Cruz, California, Tepui Tents makes the highest quality rooftop camping tents and excursion accessories available. Engineered with market-leading designs that utilize premium materials, Tepui Tents are easy to install on almost any vehicle with a roof rack. From off-road warriors at the Baja 1000 to family car camping for a weekend at the lake, Tepui Tents and rugged accessories make any adventure a comfortable home away from home. For more information, visit www.tepuitents.com.

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Cooperative Athletes Complete World T.E.A.M. Sports’ Coastal Team Challenge

Traveling 16 nautical miles by sea kayak along Long Island, New York’s southern coast, 16 developmentally-disabled athletes teamed with 16 able-bodied coaches successfully finished national non-profit World T.E.A.M. Sports’ August 2-3 Coastal Team Challenge.

“Coastal Team Challenge was a tremendous success,” said Alex Rohman of TimeCapital, who directed the event with George Taborsky. “World T.E.A.M. Sports is so fortunate to partner with Independent Group Home Living, a world-class organization. We are grateful to spend time with their athletes and receive incredible support from their organization. Bringing together people from all walks of life with a challenge like this, changes all of us for the better.”

Since the first Challenge in 2014, Long Island’s Independent Group Home Living Program has joined with World T.E.A.M. Sports in identifying and selecting enthusiastic adaptive athletes. Participating athletes pedaled and paddled two-person Hobie Mirage Oasis kayaks through Long Island’s coastal sea lane, making land fall for rest stops and camping overnight at Smith Point. For many of these adaptive athletes, the sea kayak journey was their first water sports event.

“Paddling for two days across the Great South Bay, tackling on whatever challenges encountered, and working through them together as a team, we were able to complete this two-day event,” said Taborsky.

Following departure under cloudy skies, the teams enjoyed improving, sunny weather as skies cleared during their second day on water. Arriving at East Moriches on August 3, the athletes were met by friends, family and colleagues who celebrated their achievement with a gala dinner and post-event party at the Water’s Edge restaurant.

Therese Martin, the Recreation Coordinator for Independent Group Home Living, reported that many athletes told her they greatly enjoyed the Challenge and excitedly looked forward to future participation. “All were excited, and that’s what events like these are all about!”

Developed and managed by World T.E.A.M. Sports to encourage adaptive athletes to become active and confident in participating in challenging outdoor sporting events, the Challenge also shows able-bodied athletes and the public that disabilities should not exclude individuals from active sports. For each of the two-person teams in the Challenge, the adaptive and able-bodied athletes cooperated closely and overcame challenges during their voyage. These challenges ranged from changing tides to wakes from large, sea-going vessels to occasional unfavorable weather conditions.

Sponsored by Long Island’s TimeCapital Investor Advisory Services and American Portfolios Financial Services, the Coastal Team Challenge is one of a series of challenging events hosted nationwide by World T.E.A.M. Sports. Managing sporting events for more than a quarter century, the Holbrook-based organization creates inclusive challenges from lengthy bicycle and hand cycle rides with injured military veterans in New York and Maryland, to team adventure competitions for adults and children in Colorado, North Carolina, Washington D.C. and the Catskill Mountains of New York. Past events have included a world bicycle and hand cycle ride, two climbs of Africa’s Kilimanjaro, a bicycle and hand cycle ride in Vietnam among former military combatants, and two commemorative September 11 bicycle rides in 2002 and 2003 from Manhattan to the Pentagon in Virginia.

Although many nonprofit organizations manage events in honor of veterans or in support of individuals with disabilities, World T.E.A.M. Sports established in a 1987 cross-country bicycle ride that adaptive athletes prefer to participate alongside able-bodied athletes. By encouraging these athletes to work together toward a common goal, such as completing a sea kayak journey, the resulting teamwork and respect increases understanding and support.

Sponsors and partners for the 2016 Coastal Team Challenge provided valuable support for the event, from sponsorship funding to logistical support to volunteer assistance before and during the event. The success of this year’s event depended on these partners.

About Independent Group Home Living Program

Independent Group Home Living Program (IGHL) is a not- for-profit agency in Eastern Long Island dedicated to the enrichment of the lives of people with intellectual disabilities. Today, IGHL operates over 50 group homes and day habilitation centers, as well as a 60,000 square foot Opportunity Center.

About World T.E.A.M. Sports

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 its founding in 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.