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Adventure T.E.A.M. Challenge 2018

I cannot express how life enhancing Adventure TEAM Challenge by World T.E.A.M. Sports has been for me. My TEAMmates become life mates. I have so much love, respect, and care for all the competitors, volunteers, and organizers…

What takes place during ATC is so beautiful, I wish it could be bottled up and spread around the world. People from all degrees of life coming together, working in unison, developing a blood-sweat-and-laughter bond.

The Misfits 2018

I learned a while ago that I’d rather be inspired than impressed. There is inspiration in every ATC turn. It’s the coolest thing I’ve ever done in my life… and I’ve done a lot of cool sh*t!

TEAMwork

Thank you everyone who helped make ATC 2018 happen. Without your donations, this magic wouldn’t take place, so make sure you watch the video below. The TEAM crossing the finish line in the video had a wheelchair athlete and a visually impaired athlete on their team. Hiking, mountain biking, whitewater rafting, climbing, rappelling… these are all just one more obstacle they overcame together as a TEAM – with inspiration at every turn!

I NEED YOUR HELP: Adventure TEAM Challenge 2018

The Exceptional Athlete Matters! I want to invite you to be a part of one of the coolest things I’ve ever seen in my life. Adventure TEAM Challenge is an intimate and powerful event that I have been a part of for the past three years. Put together by World TEAM Sports, the racecourse is grueling and beautiful and life changing…but it’s nothing compared to the grit of the competitors.

TEAM RED (USMC) 2016 ATC WINNERS

Each Adventure TEAM is made up of five individuals. Three are able bodied, two are disabled, and one of the two must be in a wheelchair. Disabled doesn’t belong anywhere in the description of these athletes. They come from all corners of the country with so many different and compelling stories, and the one quality all of them share is their ability. 

Donations can be made here:  HELP ATC 2018

Before this experience, I hadn’t spent much time with anyone who might be considered disabled. It took just one Adventure TEAM Challenge weekend to change my view on the power of the human spirit. As exhausted, beaten and cut up as my body was, my mind and heart were being bombarded with inspiration, laughter and new friendships. This is the MOST POWERFUL EVENT NO ONE HAS EVER HEARD ABOUT and I need YOUR help making this magic continue to happen.

Please check out this video of last years event and consider making a donation – your generosity will go to an amazing event!

This is my first time ever fundraising for something I am passionate about, and that’s where you come in. This is strictly an effort to create a impactful and life-changing experience for others, both adaptive and able-bodied. I truly appreciate your help by donating, sharing ATC posts and helping me/us spread awareness about this life changing event. Thank you, PJ

Team Graphite 2017 which I kept calling granite which eventually became
TEAM COUNTERTOPS!  

My Two Cents

The contributions and ultimate sacrifice of heroes are being diluted by politicians, news anchors, and individuals in echo chambers. I can tell you from my own experience, traveling with coffins draped with flags and participating in removal ceremonies, that I know in my bones how much of my life, happiness, and freedom I owe to every heroic service member and their families. It is a constant part of my mindset. It also represents the tiniest fraction of discomfort when compared to the sacrifices of our fallen and their families. Get over yourselves left, right, and center. Feeling like you are right does not give anyone permission to act wrong. This behavior is wrong. Loss requires comfort, listening, and support – at the very least. Those three things are also exactly what is missing from the present political, journalistic, and social media atmospheres. Someone I respect a great deal said these words to me years ago and I feel they are a relevant reminder to our current society… “Get your sh*t together.”