World T.E.A.M. Sports 2016 Annual Review World T.E.A.M. Sports Annual Report 2016 - Page 13

NO. 3 BE A ROLE MODEL Adaptive military veterans from across the United States, Puerto Rico, Canada and Denmark pedaled more than 100 miles on two routes to historic Gettysburg in April 2016. Joined by Most athletes participate in outdoor sports active duty military, retired military and civilians, the nearly simply for personal enjoyment. Yet, through their serve cyclists as a model for others 600 actions, Face of they America arrived together at the AllStar to follow. Expo Complex united in honor of veterans who have sacrificed so paralyzed much in veteran service who to their country. A hand pedals her cycle two days to Gettysburg is an inspiration. Her accomplishment not only motivates those Participating adaptive who travel with her, but veterans, the public as well. Riding Face of America offers surpassing 130 riders for the second a path for these veterans to regain year, included individuals with loss boy their sense of community and A young, developmentally-disabled of limbs, who rides paralysis, a bicycle blindness, for the first Post- time and personal worth. For many veterans Traumatic he Stress and discovers loves the Traumatic speed and motion who have become disabled during Brain Injury. For inspirational. many, life after injury his of riding is also Through their national service, returning or illness never be the same. action, he will encourages others. home to civilian life breaks close ties with colleagues and friends Role models illuminate the path to life’s enjoyment. with whom they have served. Without this personal support network, the veteran can feel isolated and alone, even if surrounded by family and pre-service friends. Face of America’s two-day ride to Gettysburg’s historic Civil War battlefields allows adaptive athletes to recognize that a challenging sports activity can be a strong healing force. Riding provides important social connections with other veterans from all service branches who have similar life experiences. Together, they can create a supportive network of understanding that lasts long beyond the ride’s conclusion. REVIEW Completing difficult sporting challenges can encourage others, both disabled and able-bodied, to follow. 13