Denver, CO, May 17, 2012 --(PR.com
)-- For participants of World T.E.A.M. Sports’ annual Adventure TEAM Challenge, it’s not all about winning the race. Including both disabled and able-bodied competitors on teams of five persons changes the perspective of all the participants.
Created by blind adventurer Erik Weihenmayer following his participation in outdoor competitions including the Eco-Challenge, the Adventure TEAM Challenge brings together experienced adventure athletes, wounded warriors from our nation’s military, corporate fitness enthusiasts and individuals with disabilities, including paraplegics and quadriplegics.
“I don't know of any other experience in the world as powerful as ATC that gets a team thinking creatively and collaboratively to break through barriers and achieve more together,” said Weihenmayer, who has climbed the seven highest summits on the planet. “You can talk these themes until you’re blue in the face, but it’s a big step up when your team is placed in a spectacular rugged environment and forced to live these commitments through its every fiber. That’s when it gets real and real transformation happens!”
Held in the high Colorado desert near Grand Junction and Fruita this May 18-20, the Challenge will feature 14 teams, assuring the 2012 edition to be the largest to date. Presented by Alteryx, the leader in strategic analytics, delivering a complete desktop-to-cloud solution, the 2012 Challenge requires participating teams to work together to creatively solve challenges and meet objectives.
Each team is required to include two persons with disabilities, including one who is a wheelchair user. Negotiating obstacles along the route, including mountain biking, river rafting, climbing and hiking, is particularly challenging as all team members must stay together throughout the Challenge. Successful teams rely not only on strength and endurance, but also on problem solving and innovation.
For additional information about the 2012 Adventure TEAM Challenge, please visit the official event website at http://worldteamsports.org/events/adventure-team-challenge/.
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. For more than 20 years, World T.E.A.M. Sports has organized athletic events for disabled and able bodied citizens – mountain climbing, white water rafting, biking, and more. In all our events – whether mountain climbing, biking, white water rafting or many other sports – we include both disabled and able-bodied participants. 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. 4) The disabled and able-bodied participants learn to work as a team to overcome those challenges. We change lives through sports.