myTEAM TRIUMPH Opens Arizona Chapter


Tucson, AZ (September 15, 2011) –myTEAM TRIUMPH, a national organization inspired by TEAM HOYT that enables… children, teens, adults and veterans with disabilities to ride along in athletic events,  has approved a southern Arizona chapter, according to Steve King, the president of myTEAM TRIUMPH-Southern Arizona.

The Southern Arizona chapter will have its inaugural run Sept. 17 as part of the Diamond Ventures El Tour  10K/5K Adventure Run & Walk Along the Rillito River.  This national designation enables the chapter to borrow ADA approved wheelchairs. King said the chapter has the ADA chairs for 10 “Captains” on loan from the national chapter for the race on Sept. 17. Each captain has three “Angels”, runners who volunteer to push the chairs in the race.

The captains range in age from three to 23 years old, King said.

The organization’s goal is to encourage other families with disabled athletes and hope to raise money for the purchase of at least ten ADA approved running wheelchairs, he said.  The cost of each chair ranges from $850 to $1250, depending on the weight of the rider.

“The need is great. There are at least 100 children in my son’s school who could “Captain” a team if we had the chairs. We have many runners who want to serve as our Angels but we need the chairs,” he said.

To donate to or to find out more about My Team Triumph- Southern Arizona, go to www.mtt-southernarizona.org

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Posted on September 16, 2011, in Around the Community and tagged . Bookmark the permalink. 3 Comments.

  1. I sent an email but will post here as well in case you didn’t get it…
    I have a comment on your first paragraph –
    Tucson, AZ (September 15, 2011) –myTEAM TRIUMPH, a national organization inspired by TEAM HOYT that enables handicapped children, teens, adults and veterans with disabilities to ride along in athletic events, has approved a southern Arizona chapter, according to Steve King, the president of myTEAM TRIUMPH-Southern Arizona.

    I think it could have been worded differently(the red highlighted) as in –
    enables children,teens.adults, and veterans with disabilities

    By your wording of it you’re giving those of us with a disability a double whammy- we’re not handicapped- we’re people with a disability. Don’t worry- before I was injured I had no clue on how to use those terms but now that I have a SCI, we see the world in a whole other spectrum. We’re people first, then our injury then a disability- not handicapped then an adult,child,etc….

    Thanks for listening…

    Karen

  2. Just FYI, you can send you comments, suggestions, and corrections to thequadfiles@gmail.com

    =)

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