Category Archives: Around the Community

Wheelin’ Team 457 brings deer hunting to the disabled sportsman

Meet Don McLaughlin (center).  He is a resident of Evergreen Grove in Otter Lake, Michigan, an avid sportsman and retired Marine.  As Director of Sports and Recreation for Wheelin’ Team 457, Don is dedicated to the idea that all people should be able to pursue the activities they love.  He works to connect people with resources and adapted sporting events that enable them to participate despite physical barriers.  The goal of Wheelin’ Team, Don says, is to “get people off their butts and active!”

Across Michigan and in parts of Ohio, he coordinates competitive activities for athletes including adaptive equipment and enough volunteers to keep events competitive yet open to a spectrum of abilities.

Wheelin Team 457

He and the Team participated in a 4-day adapted hunt last October that included athletes from all over the State.  The hunt was sponsored by Ray C’s Extreme Sports and AdvisaCare Home Health Care and had  23 hunters with conditions such as spinal cord injury, amputation, multiple sclerosis, and muscular dystrophy using adaptive equipment such as sip-n-puff trigger pulls and stands to operate shot-guns and bows and arrows. They rode with volunteers on ATVs and maneuvered 4-wheel-drive wheelchairs at various hunting sites throughout lower Michigan.  It was a successful hunt that harvested a total of 8 deer- 3 bucks and 5 does- and yielded many more great stories.  At the end of the 4-days, there was a dinner reception at the Lions Club Bear Lake Camp in Lapeer, MI. including an awards ceremony where every hunter gladly shared their tales.

This was an opportunity to take part in the traditional hunting season that makes up Michigan’s heritage and was just one of the many programs athletes (and the casual sportsman) can access in order to get out there and be active.  For more information and to get in touch with Don and Wheelin’ Team 457, visit the website at or call (810) 210-6910.

AdvisaCare is a proud sponsor and supporter of Wheelin’ Team 457

Run, Run, Rudolf!

Run in a sea of SANTAS!

 myTEAM Triumph Wings of Phoenix will be participating in it’s first race on December 10, The 12Ks of Christmas. Please join us, cheer on our teams (or be a part of one!). Here’s the info:

12Ks of Christmas

12Ks of Christmas

Saturday, December 10, 2011 10am
Freestone District Park, Gilbert Arizona

We need Angels, Captains, and Volunteers!

Check out the flyer below and visit our website

Bowling for Brain ’11 is HUGE success for BIAAZ!

The Brain Injury Association of Arizona is one of those special organizations that knows how to help a family overcome the unimaginable affects of TBI, educate decision makers to change safety policies, and provide awareness and unwavering support to the community, all at the same time.  Every day, they inspire hope, strength, and the power of teamwork!

Last weekend, the BIAAZ held their 2nd Annual Bowl for Brain Injury event at four Brunswick bowling alleys across Phoenix and Tucson, Arizona.  Over 100 teams registered to bowl and collect sponsorships- many with a goal of over $1,000!

We (AdvisaCare) had a team in both Phoenix and Tucson this year and raised about $4,500 for the BIAAZ.  In Tucson, our team included a doctor and her son, PBA Hall-of-Famer Paul Colwell, a father and son, and Robert McQuoid, AdvisaCare Arizona Regional Manager.  In Phoenix, our team included our CEO, Kris Skogen and family, Tony Paul and family, and yours truly, Ashleigh Justice.

By the end of the day, the Brain Injury Association of Arizona was able to raise over $100k in gross sponsorships for valuable programs & services and for their annual camp, Kamp Kan Do.  We are very proud to be a part of such a great cause and we thank the BIAAZ for their continuing support of the TBI community!

For more information about the Brain Injury Association of Arizona, please visit their website:

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