Rockville, MD—May 23, 2011— Disabled Sports USA (DSUSA), one of the largest sporting organizations for people with a physical disability, and the Capital of Texas Triathlon, announced they will sponsor Team Warfighter Sports’ participation in the 2011 Capital of Texas Triathlon (CapTexTri) on Memorial Day, May 30 in downtown Austin, Texas.
Severely injured service members, including some who have fought in the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, will participate in this race, where triathletes, from first timers to professionals, will compete in the different distances offered. The team is also supported by CapTexTri organizers and volunteers who come together to enable the service members to experience one of the most accessible and thrilling events of its kind.
“Disabled Sports USA is pleased and honored to partner with the Capital of Texas Triathlon to provide an opportunity for severely injured service members to compete and excel as athletes,” said Kirk Bauer, JD, executive director of Disabled Sports USA and a disabled Vietnam veteran.
“Our association with Disabled Sports USA and Team Warfighter Sports also goes beyond swimming, biking, and running. As important as it is for the event to provide the opportunity for these service men and women to compete in the triathlon, it is even more important that we are able to bring a heightened public awareness to their sacrifices and give them the honor that they and their comrades have earned as part of this Memorial Day event. We are also proud to present the Wounded Warrior Dinner fundraiser on Wednesday, May 25, where 100% of the net proceeds go directly to support participation of wounded warriors in the CapTexTri,” said CapTexTri event director Rick Margiotta. Disabled Sports USA’s Warfighter Sports program is a calendar of endurance events that test and reestablish the skills of the severely injured service members. The team will consist of seventeen disabled members; each will swim, bike, and run.
Competitors on Team Warfighter Sports include the following: Army LTC Patty Collins; Army National Guard SPC Craig Vogtsberger (Highlands Ranch, CO); Army SPC Juliet Madsen (Parker, CO); Army CPT Jesse Acosta (New York, NY); Army National Guard 1LT Brian Hicks (Pike Road, AL); Army MSG Dexter Durrante (Fayetteville, NC); Navy CPO Dan Hathorn (Virginia Beach, VA); Air Force 1Lt James Bell (San Antonio, TX); Navy HM3 Jose Ramos (Arlington, VA); Army SGT Tim Gustofson; Marine Cpl Hector Delgado (North Pachogue, NY); Marine LCpl Justin Parker (San Diego, CA); Army SGT Ruben Pedro (Augusta, GA); Army SSG Christian Hughes (Watertown, NY); Army SPC Bobby Nuss (Glenshaw, PA); Army MAJ Anthony Smith (Blytheville, AR); and Army CPT Ryan Miller (Staten Island, NY).
About Disabled Sports USA
A member of the United States Olympic Committee, Disabled Sports USA (DSUSA) is a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt charitable organization founded in 1967 by disabled Vietnam veterans that provides opportunities for individuals with disabilities to develop independence, confidence, and fitness through participation in sports. A national multi-sport, multi-disability organization serving more than 60,000 youth and adults annually, DSUSA offers programs in more than 30 different sports through its nationwide network of more than 100 community-based chapters operating in 37 states. The vision of Disabled Sports USA is that everyone, regardless of ability, has an equal opportunity to participate in sports and recreation in their communities. For schedules and additional information, click here.
About the Capital of Texas Triathlon
CapTexTri has taken place in Austin since 1991, making it one of Austin’s oldest endurance sports events and a nationally recognized event. For more information, click here.