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nO LIMITS 4250 Veterans Memorial Hwy, Ste. 420 E Holbrook, NY 11741-4020 855.987.8326 Visit us online at WorldTeamSports.org, or find us on social media (Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, and GooglePlus). 2 World T.E.A.M. founders James Benson and Stephen Whisnant understood the exceptional power of outdoor sports. In 1987, they created a successful cross-country bicycle ride that included adaptive and able-bodied athletes. Three years later, they followed with an inclusive ascent of Africa’s 19,341- foot Kilimanjaro. Inclusive outdoor sporting events that challenge athletes continue to direct World T.E.A.M. a quarter century after its 1993 inception. At Face of America and Face of America Liberty, adaptive military veterans pedal bicycles and hand cycles alongside the able-bodied to Gettysburg and to New York City. At Adventure Team Challenges in Colorado, New York and Washington, D.C., teams of adaptive and able-bodied athletes work together overcome physical, emotional and technical challenges on land and on water. Teams of adaptive and able-bodied athletes paddle sea kayaks cooperatively along the Long Island coast during the Coastal Team Challenge. At every World T.E.A.M. event, participants with disabilities build self-confidence and enhance their physical fitness. Adaptive and able-bodied participants work together to overcome physical, emotional and technical challenges. Through these events, participating adaptive athletes inspire able-bodied participants and spectators, who see that individuals with disabilities can thrive by overcoming challenges. In addition, other disabled citizens see these participants as role models, encouraging them to undertake physical outdoor activities that can absolutely change their lives. WORLD T.E.A.M. SPORTS ANNUAL REVIEW 2017