About Us

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Our Organization

Since our very first inclusive event in 1987, World T.E.A.M. creates challenging outdoor athletic programs that bring together adaptive and able-bodied persons of all backgrounds. We change lives through sports as diverse as bicycling, mountain climbing, white water rafting, sea kayaking and more.

World TEAM SportsParticipant fundraising and corporate donations, grants and sponsor support provide funding for our organization and our events. Our corporate Financial Documents page offers detailed financial information about our organization, including IRS Form 990s for most years since 1994 and several past annual reviews.

In 2017, approximately 89 percent of all incoming financial support was applied directly to cover the costs of our events and our participating athletes. Face of America is our primary fundraising event for the year, helping support other inclusive events.

Chartered as a national 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization in 1993, World T.E.A.M. is headquartered in Holbrook, New York.

Our Mission Statement

2017 Annual Review Cover
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World T.E.A.M. brings adaptive and able-bodied athletes together by empowering, enabling and engaging individuals through inclusive athletic programs.

For more than 25 years, our organization has used athletics to challenge men, women and children with disabilities 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 adaptive and able-bodied participants.

In addition to our annual Face of America cycling challenge to Gettysburg, World T.E.A.M. creates and manages other outdoor events for adaptive and able-bodied athletes in several states. These events include Face America Liberty cycling challenge to West Point in New York; our Adventure Team Challenges in Colorado’s high country, New York’s Catskill Mountains and suburban Washington D.C.; and our Coastal Team Challenge along the southern coast of Long Island, New York. Our occasional events include the CanAm Veteran’s Challenge bicycle ride from the United States to Canada, and our ongoing Military Initiative, a series of challenging outdoor events for adaptive military veterans, including our Sea to Shining Sea cross-country bicycle ride and Soldiers to the Summit climbs of high mountain peaks worldwide.

Our Team

As a non-profit organization with a small staff, World T.E.A.M. greatly depends on the tireless support of our valuable volunteers nationwide to help in creating and managing our inclusive sports programs such as Face of America. Without this generous support, our organization would be unable to provide exceptional sporting experiences for our participating adaptive and able-bodied athletes.

Staff members for our organization include CEO and President Jon Brideau, Logistics Director Howard Hill, Director of Development Patti Haley, Financial Specialist Rose Porfido and Director of Communications Richard Rhinehart. The organization is managed by a knowledgeable and experienced board of directors, led by Chairman James Benson and Vice Chairman Lon Dolber.