2018 World T.E.A.M. Annual Review 2018 World T.E.A.M. Annual Review - Page 5

LETTER FROM THE PRESIDENT >> THE EXCEPTIONAL ATHLETE MATTERS “Unless you try to do something beyond what you have already mastered, you will never grow.” - Ralph Waldo Emerson 2018 was a remarkable year for World T.E.A.M. Each program was yet another display of how the organization truly does change lives. Our Special Abilities Initiative continues to develop and positively impact the lives of individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities. What drew me to World T.E.A.M., first as a participant, was the people. I have seen individuals from around the country and the world, with diverse backgrounds and skill levels, come together as a team to accomplish incredible goals. Each of these programs has, at its core, a focus on inclusivity that enables us to showcase how The Exceptional Athlete Matters. You matter. They matter. We all matter. And that is the gift of World T.E.A.M. Each of the stakeholders of World T.E.A.M. – sponsors, participants, board members, volunteers, and staff – play a vital role in this success. Now, as President and CEO, I am honored to be able to lead this incredible organization as we expand our outreach and share our mission. Empower. Enable. Engage. This year, we grew. Our Military Initiative, through the Face of America programs, raised more funds than ever. Our Adventure T.E.A.M. Challenge Colorado, the staple of our Adventure Initiative, has become the premier inclusive adaptive adventure program. Our goal in 2019 is to empower even more lives, and we hope you join us in this challenge. Share our story. Share YOUR story. It is truly inspiring to see how all of our supporters have an impact on each other and develop relationships that are meaningful. This is what keeps us motivated to continue creating the opportunities that expose people to the strengths and diversity of our participants. Thank you for your support in my first full year leading this organization. Thank you for contributing to the change we are able to bring to the communities around us. Thank you for being a member of our T.E.A.M. JON BRIDEAU WORLD T.E.A.M. SPORTS PRESIDENT AND CEO TEAM > INDIVIDUAL 3