World T.E.A.M. Sports Offers Adventure Teen Challenge in Washington, 8/9
For a developmentally or physically disabled child or teen, the August 9 Adventure Teen Challenge from national non-profit World T.E.A.M. Sports offers these exceptional individuals the opportunity to explore the natural world outside of cities and pavement.
Held at the Chesapeake & Ohio National Historical Park along Washington's Potomac River, the event brings together 12 Washington area competitors ages 10 to 18 who will be paired with able-bodied teens for a day of hiking, bicycling and paddling. Providing guidance and assistance through the multi-mile, three-stage course, volunteers from Push America will work closely with their disabled teammates to safely complete the stages within the allotted period of time.
"The Challenge is unique because it teaches disabled and abled bodied teenagers to work together to complete a common goal," said World T.E.A.M. Sports Senior Event Manager Kimberly Warpinski. "It is a beautiful thing to see the teens interact with one another and overcome obstacles they otherwise would not have been able to complete on their own. The event really teaches the able bodied teens the struggles of living with disabilities. With a little teamwork, you can accomplish anything you put your mind to."
Participants of the Teen Challenge will hike one mile on a Carderock trail, ride seven miles along the C & O Canal pathway on bicycles, and paddle the canal by canoe one-half mile. Following the final stage, participants will gather with parents and family for a celebration and the awarding of medals.
"Seeing teenagers who have never been removed from a city atmosphere or on a bicycle complete a mile hike and seven mile trail ride along a canal" is memorable for Warpinski, whose participation in the August 2011 Adventure Teen Challenge was her first event with the non-profit. "Although it wasn't easy for some, you could tell how proud they were of themselves upon completion of the event."