Recreation, Sports, Leisure, Athletics

World TEAM Sports

  • Holbrook, NY
  • www.worldteamsports.org

Mission Statement

World T.E.A.M. Sports changes lives through sports.

For more than 20 years, we have used athletics to challenge disabled men, women and children to accomplish goals they never thought possible. In all our events – whether mountain climbing, biking, white water rafting or many other sports – we include both disabled and able-bodied participants.

Main Programs

  1. Face of America Bike Ride
  2. Adventure Team Challenges
  3. Coastal Team Challenge
Service Areas

Self-reported

International

Participants come from all 50 US states and Puerto Rico, as well as Europe and Australia.

ruling year

1993

Principal Officer

Self-reported

Van Brinson

Keywords

Self-reported

sports, inclusive, TEAM, powerful, unity, teamwork, leadership, disabled, athlete

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EIN

56-1827893

 Number

4348176196

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Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Alliance/Advocacy Organizations (N01)

Amateur Sports Clubs, Leagues, N.E.C. (N60)

IRS Filing Requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990 or 990-EZ.

Programs + Results

How does this organization make a difference?

Programs

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What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Program 1

Face of America Bike Ride

We create powerful inclusive sports TEAMS like our Face of America 3-day ride that teams able-bodied and disabled participants together.

Category

Recreation & Sports

Population(s) Served

Disabled, General or Disability Unspecified

Military/Veterans

Budget

Program 2

Adventure Team Challenges

From Colorado to New York, the Adventure Team Challenges from World T.E.A.M. Sports is a series of outdoor adventure events that bring together teams of athletes with disabilities with able-bodied athletes.

Challenge events are held in Colorado, New York and suburban Washington D.C. For many exceptional athletes with disabilities, participating in a team challenge offers a chance to explore our natural world, from paddling on lakes and rivers to hiking and biking through deep woods to climbing high mountains and jagged rocks. For participating able-bodied athletes and coaches, the Challenges offer a memorable and inspirational experience that will not be forgotten.

Category

Recreation & Sports

Population(s) Served

Disabled, General or Disability Unspecified

Children Only (5 - 14 years)

None

Budget

Program 3

Coastal Team Challenge

The 2016 Coastal Team Challenge from national non-profit World T.E.A.M. Sports brought together teams of developmentally and physically disabled and able-bodied athletes for a two-day, 20 nautical mile, non-competitive sea kayak journey along the beautiful coast of Long Island, New York. Paddling by hand and by foot pedal along the island’s southern coast, camping out under the stars and working together, teams overcame obstacles and challenges, eliminated barriers for participating adaptive athletes and inspired those who are able-bodied.

Category

Recreation & Sports

Population(s) Served

Disabled, General or Disability Unspecified

Adults

Budget

Charting Impact

Self-reported by organization

Five powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

  1. What is the organization aiming to accomplish?
    Through every World T.E.A.M. Sports event:

    1. Participants with disabilities build their self-confidence and enhance their physical fitness.
    2. The disabled and able-bodied participants learn to work together as a team to overcome physical, emotional and technical challenges.
    3. The disabled are a moving inspiration to able-bodied participants and to spectators who see that disabled individuals can meet challenges beyond anyone's imagination.
    4. Other persons with disabilities see the participating disabled participants as a role model, encouraging undertaking physical activities.
  2. What are the organization's key strategies for making this happen?
    World T.E.A.M. Sports organizes and executes world-class inclusive and adaptive athletic event that allow people with disabilities to team with able-bodied athletes to complete goals they never would have thought possible.

    As an organization, we ensure that our events are challenging yet obtainable and are supported by scores of volunteers to offer support, organization and safety.

    Our strategy is to open our events to people of all different abilities and put them in a team environment where people work toward a common goal.
  3. What are the organization's capabilities for doing this?
    Our team, which includes staff, Board of Directors, Special Advisors, and volunteers are well versed in the field of adaptive athletics. Additionally, they are a group of highly energetic and committed people who enjoy serving this population.

    The vast experience of all people associated with World T.E.A.M. Sports makes our organization extremely capable of meeting our goals.
  4. How will they know if they are making progress?
    World T.E.A.M. Sports measures success one person at a time. If we can change one life, we know we have met our goals and objectives. A change in one life trickles down to a participants network of family, friends, job and community.

    We also know that are making progress by the number of athletes of all abilities eager to participate in our events. Each year, we have waiting lists for two or three of our events. Additionally, we work to balance the number of new athletes to returning athletes, knowing that the combination of inexperienced and experienced supports teamwork.

    Anecdotally, we receive numerous testimonials that support that our mission is working.
  5. What have and haven't they accomplished so far?
    World T.E.A.M. Sports is eager to address some important unmet needs including offering more challeges to young adults with disabilities and focusing on invisible injuries including Post Traumatic Stress and Traumatic Brain Injuries. As the conflict in the Middle East persists, we see the trend toward addressing invisible injuries and would like to work toward a more inclusive approach and focus for this population.
Service Areas

Self-reported

International

Participants come from all 50 US states and Puerto Rico, as well as Europe and Australia.

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WORLD TEAM SPORTS
Fiscal year: Jan 01-Dec 31
Yes, financials were audited by an independent accountant.

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World TEAM Sports

Leadership

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Principal Officer

Van Brinson

BIO

As Chief Executive Officer and President of World T.E.A.M. Sports, Van Brinson is responsible for the overall operations of the non-profit organization. an first became associated with World T.E.A.M. Sports during the inaugural Face of America ride in 2000. Having seen the difference that athletics made in the lives of wounded service members, he became more actively involved with the organization, participating in Face of America rides and directing the rides beginning in 2011. He rode his bicycle across North America in World T.E.A.M. Sports' 2010 Sea to Shining Sea Bike Ride and rode segments with the 2012 Sea to Shining Sea ride. He served as the organization's Chief Operations Officer from November 2010 to October 2013.

Van enlisted in the United States Marine Corps in 1986 and was selected for a commissioning program in 1988. He was commissioned as a second lieutenant in 1992 after graduation from North Carolina State University. During his service in the Marine Corps, Major Brinson served as a Communications Officer for three years prior to being selected for training as a Naval Aviator. He received his wings in 1997 and was stationed in El Toro and Miramar, California and Quantico, Virginia.

Van participated in humanitarian assistance operations in East Timor, the evacuation of the crew of the USS Cole, and flew in both Operation Enduring Freedom and Operation Iraqi Freedom. Upon his return from Iraq, Major Brinson was selected for duty with the Presidential Helicopter Squadron, HMX-1 where he served for four years. He was assigned to the Operations Department at the Marine Corps Air Facility in Quantico, Virginia. In September, 2010, Van retired from the Marine Corps.

Governance

BOARD CHAIR

James Benson

Benson Botsford

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BOARD PERFORMANCE

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