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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!

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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!  

Adventure TEAM Challenge 2017

Adventure TEAM Challenge 2017 is in the ! Cherished memories, familiar faces & new lifelong friends made. World T.E.A.M. Sports creates the most life changing events. It’s an education in human strength every time I get the privilege to take part. Thank you Team Graphite, all competitors & volunteers for another unforgettable trek through Colorado 

Photo Credit: Russ Lawry & Mike Barry

Read about my very first experience at the ATC 2015 weekend here: http://www.pjwalsh.com/adventure-team-challenge-chasing-moments-change-life-forever/

Adventure TEAM Challenge: Chasing Moments That Change Your Life Forever

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A couple weeks ago, I was part of my very first adventure race. Running, hiking, mountain biking, white water rafting, climbing, zip lining, rappelling… well, you pretty much name it and it was along the way. Even slingshots and blow darts!

Saturday, we started our journey by traveling 22 miles. Sunday morning, we added another 6 miles. What was amazing about this weekend was not the physical journey, for me, it was the incredible personal shift. As physically demanding as the racecourse was, it paled in comparison to the impact my fellow racers have left on me.

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Here is the simple truth: I really cannot put into words this experience. I will be here for days writing and never do it justice. There are few things in this world that bring that feeling of change, appreciation, wonder and lifetime linger. If I live another 40 years, there will be no doubt I will speak about, share and reference Adventure TEAM Challenge often.

My life has always been about chasing moments. My life is moved by tangible experience, something I can feel with every sense this body can provide me. That is how I remember, how I change for the better, and how I can share a story, lesson or joke. I have to really feel it.

I spent the weekend camping right next to the Colorado River. During the day I could feel the sun beat down on my back and at night I would shiver, staring at every star so prominent in the cold sky. Surrounded by mountains and the freshest air I’ve felt in ages, the setting was spectacular.

There were ten teams made up of 5 individuals: three able bodied and two disabled, one being in a wheelchair. Disabled is a word that should be removed from the description of the event. These athletes came from all corners of the country with so many different compelling stories, but the one quality everyone had is being able. It was their “disabled” teammates who had the biggest impact on the able-bodied participants and volunteers.

I haven’t spent a lot of time with those who would be considered disabled, but after this weekend, I won’t be able to view the power of the human sprit the same. As exhausted, beaten and cut up as my body was, my mind and heart were being bombarded with inspiration, laughter and new friendships.

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My team was made up of four Marines and me. When we were introduced, they said we were all wounded. Pointing at each individually… shot… shot… blown up… then at me… I uttered… emotionally. Solid laugh. I come across people who pretend to be more than the sum of what they are. I live and work in show business so it’s almost a prerequisite. I’m horrible at networking because I hate surface talk. There was no surface talk. These men know exactly who they are, what happened to them, and make no qualms about it. The tip of their pinky finger has been through more fight, pain and recovery than most anyone I know. I often say I get to walk in the shadow of heroes. This weekend I got to team up with them, sweat, bleed, freeze, laugh, eat, sleep, and mostly listen.

Be it the oath I made in my youth or the fact that it’s just where I feel most comfortable, I seem to always gravitate towards people who were in the military. People came from all sorts of backgrounds and lifestyles for this weekend, which was so much more than that. There were no cell phones, Internet or distractions of any kind, just the challenge, the stories, and the individuals fully living a life bigger than themselves. The real stars of the weekend were on the ground. It was the great people that put so much work into making something like Adventure Team Challenge happen and setting up this experience full of moments that change your life forever.

Man, I got extremely lucky to be part of this!

The Adventure Team Challenge in Eagle Colorado.The event gives disabled veterans and civilians a way to challenge themselves not only as individuals, but as small teams. World Team Sports (www.worldteamsports.org) is the organization that puts together this and other events that would be very challenging for people, even if they had not suffered severe injuries. © Vance Jacobs 2015
The Adventure Team Challenge in Eagle Colorado.The event gives disabled veterans and civilians a way to challenge themselves not only as individuals, but as small teams. World Team Sports (www.worldteamsports.org) is the organization that puts together this and other events that would be very challenging for people, even if they had not suffered severe injuries. © Vance Jacobs 2015