World T.E.A.M. Sports 2016 Annual Review World T.E.A.M. Sports Annual Report 2016 - Page 6

MISSION STATEMENT CHANGING LIVES THROUGH SPORTS ATHLETE SPOTLIGHT JOSE SANTIAGO The AXA World Ride beginning in March 1995 was ATHLETE | VOLUNTEER the first event from the new organization. In this Face of America 2013-2016 13,000-mile bicycle adventure through 16 countries CanAm Veterans’ Challenge 2014 over nine months, World T.E.A.M. Sports showed that by going “all in,” a core team of cyclists could Medically-retired Fort Carson, Colorado Army circumnavigate the planet. Creating inclusive, challenging events that demonstrate the exceptional power of teamwork together in the spirit of friendship and cooperation, in a variety of outdoor environments was the basic Raising money support of Face of America these athletes inspire in not only themselves, but also with premise behind this organization’s 1993 founding. his team, Santiago encourages first-time veterans the public. Following the successful 1987 Ride Across America that an ongoing non-profit organization could to join his team on the ride to Gettysburg each year. the April 2016 ride, the Warriors 4 Life Whether the At athlete is an adaptive military veteran, a disabled team youth raised or more an able-bodied funds than any civilian, other joining veterans together doesn’t change lives through sports—it team in the only event’s history. continue to create such inspiring events. brings together communities. by World T.E.A.M. Sports, bringing together athletes with and without disabilities is critical. 4250 Veterans Memorial Hwy, Ste. 420 E Holbrook, NY 11741-4020 855.987.8326 medic Jose Santiago built upon his positive riding his governs. bicycle in World T.E.A.M. Today, experiences the same philosophy Athletes Sports’ Face of two America CanAm are challenged by the days and of cycling to Veterans’ historic Challenge to transform his informal cycling Gettysburg, by paddling the coastal waters along club into southern Warriors shore, 4 Life, by a competing growing non-profit Long Island’s on organization healthy lifestyles for mountain bikes and that rafts creates in western Colorado’s military and challenges their families. With more high desert and veterans by solving in New York’s than 300 members across the United States Catskill Mountains. and Puerto Rico, Warriors 4 Life athletes ride World their T.E.A.M. bicycles Sports and athletes hand cycles overcome in events physical, as emotional and improve their varied as technical Ride the challenges, Rockies in Colorado’s high physical fitness, gain and create mountains and confidence La Vuelta Puerto Rico new in the friendships for more satisfying lives. By working Caribbean nation. At every outdoor sporting event created and managed 2 BE ALL IN and 1990 Kilimanjaro Confidence Climb, founders James Benson and Stephen Whisnant recognized Visit us online at WorldTeamSports.org, or find us on social media (Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and GooglePlus). Santiago is pleased with his organization’s impact to date. “We have been a stepping stone to other organizations at the Island that now are stepping in strong and helping veterans, all thanks to Warriors 4 Life. We feel proud of our accomplishments in the U.S. and especially at the Island,” said Santiago.