Hope you were able to catch some of the Paralympic action. All of us at Ride developed a personal connection to the US Men’s Wheelchair Basketball team when Matt Scott (front and center) visited shortly before the Games, looking for a more optimal connection with his wheelchair.
While at Ride, Matt allowed us to film him speaking about his wheelchair basketball story and the importance of seating to his health and career as a professional athlete.
A five-time Paralympian, now a two-time gold medalist, Matt was also voted by Team USA to be the flag bearer at the closing ceremonies — well done!
Five US military Branches (Army, Air Force, Navy, Marines, Special Operations)
Three international countries (Australia, Canada, United Kingdom)
”The Warrior Games were established in 2010 as a way to enhance the recovery and rehabilitation of wounded, ill and injured service members and expose them to adaptive sports. The Games encourage them to stay physically active when they return to their local communities, and inspire and promote opportunities for growth and achievement.”
This was my third year acting as the Competition Manager for the Track & Field competition at the Warrior Games. In this role, I rely on my 19 years of experience coaching athletes with disabilities and hosting events to help coordinate as close to a Paralympic-style competition for the athletes as possible. This includes full production values, announcers, big screens and this year, even having a parachute team delivering the flag to the venue before the start of competition.
Coordinating all of the technical elements is truly a team effort and I was able to work with many of the best Paralympic Track & Field minds in the country to help pull off an amazing athlete experience. For that is what this event is about, the athletes.
It has become a critical point of focus for the service members and veterans who have encountered a life altering situation, which has redefined their existence. But the impact does not stop there. It has impacted all who surround them, their families, social networks and the chain of command within which they operate.
I have been blessed in the skill set, experiences and network that I have developed. I see delivering a seamless competition, run as professionally as possible as the least that I can do to support everyone who sees so much value in this great event. It is a distinct honor.