Disabled Sports USA’s Team Warfighter Sports Competes in Two Events This Weekend

September 6, 2013

Wounded warriors participate in Three Notch Century Ride and the Nation’s Triathlon.

Disabled Sports USA will sponsor teams of wounded warriors to participate in the Three Notch Century Ride in Lincoln, N.H. the weekend of September 6-8 and the Nation’s Triathlon in Washington, D.C. The events will allow 13 wounded warriors and military medical staff to test their endurance and strength as part of their rehabilitation.

The Three Notch Century Ride is a grueling 100 mile bike ride through the White Mountains of N.H. Four members of Team Warfighter Sports, including DSUSA’s Executive Director, Kirk Bauer, will complete the ride in one or two days. Three Notch Century Ride is hosted by Northeast Passage, a chapter of Disabled Sports USA.

Nine wounded warriors and medical support staff from Walter Reed National Military Medical Center will take part in the Nation’s Triathlon on Sunday, September 8. The 8th annual Nation’s Triathlon is a certified International distance triathlon which includes a 1.5K swim in the Potomac River, 40k bike course and 10k run, all with views of Washington DC’s historical landmarks. Support for the Warfighter Sports triathlon team comes from The Heisman Trophy Trust.

“Disabled Sports USA is proud to once again be able to support these teams of severely injured service men as they participate in these demanding events,” said Kirk Bauer, executive director of Disabled Sports USA and a disabled Vietnam veteran. “These events are two of the many examples of how our wounded warriors are achieving their goals and gaining independence through sports post-injury.”

About Warfighter Sports
Warfighter Sports, a program of Disabled Sports USA, offers sports rehabilitation for severely wounded warriors in military hospitals and communities across the U.S. through a nationwide network of over 100 community-based chapters. Since 1967, Disabled Sports USA has proudly served wounded warriors, including those injured in the Iraq and Afghanistan wars, offering over 30 winter and summer sports at more than 100 events each year. Warfighter Sports rebuilds lives through sports by improving self-confidence, promoting independence and uniting families through shared healthy activities.

Contributions cover all expenses for participation, including individualized adaptive instruction, adaptive sports equipment, transportation, lodging and meals for the warrior and a family member. Since 2003, more than 7,000 of the most severely wounded and their families have been served, including those with amputations, traumatic brain injury, spinal cord injury, visual impairments, and significant nerve and muscle damage. For more information, visit http://www.warfightersports.org.

About Heisman Trophy Trust
The Heisman Memorial Trophy Trust annually recognizes the most outstanding college football player in the United States. Winners epitomize great ability combined with diligence, perseverance, and hard work. The Heisman Trophy Trust ensures the continuation and integrity of this award. The Trust, furthermore, has a charitable mission to support amateur athletics and to provide greater opportunities to the youth of our country.

About Northeast Passage
For over 20 years, Northeast Passage has been a nationally recognized leader in therapeutic recreation. A non-profit affiliated with the University of New Hampshire (50 miles north of Boston), we provide innovative solutions for children, adults, and military veterans with disabilities. We do this by developing, delivering, and evaluating innovative barrier-free recreation and health promotion programs. Our guiding principles are promoting client independence through education and problem solving, creating opportunities, and collaborating with others to create a strong network of accessible recreation.

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