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FACE OF AMERICA RACHAEL ROSEN APRIL 22-24 PARTICIPANTS ATHLETES: 594 | VOLUNTEERS: 90 ATHLETE SPOTLIGHT BRINGING A NATION TOGETHER ATHLETE | STAFF Sea to Shining Sea 2012 // Staff Face of America 2010, 2012 // Athlete At age 17, Rachael Rosen joined her uncle in riding Face of America. The 2010 ride had a profound effect on her life, and after riding Face of America to Gettysburg in 2012, she was invited to spend her summer as a staff member with World T.E.A.M. Sports’ Sea to Shining Sea cross-country ride with adaptive military veterans. In 2016, she graduated from University of Washington School of Medicine with a Master’s degree in Prosthetics and Orthotics, a degree she reports was attributable to her experiences with the many exceptional World T.E.A.M. Sports athletes she met from across the country. “I really don’t like the term ‘disabled’ athletes,” Rachael said. “If anything, I think ‘adaptive’ is a term which is much more applicable to these athletes. They can do any sport that you or I can do—and in my case, probably much better than I can. They approach athletics in a slightly different way.” 6 10 Currently serving in her “dream” prosthetic and orthotic residency at the University of Mississippi Medical Center in Jackson, Mississippi, Rachael is looking forward to encouraging and assisting adaptive athletes throughout her life.