Invictus Games 2016

The Invictus games are a true test of the inner athlete existing in our disabled veterans.  The event was inspired by William Ernest Henley’s poem for strength through adversity:

Out of the night that covers me,
  Black as the Pit from pole to pole, 
I thank whatever gods may be 
  For my unconquerable soul.

In the fell clutch of circumstance
I have not winced nor cried aloud. 
Under the bludgeonings of chance 
  My head is bloody, but unbowed.

Beyond this place of wrath and tears 
  Looms but the Horror of the shade,
And yet the menace of the years 
Finds, and shall find, me unafraid.

It matters not how strait the gate,
How charged with punishments the scroll,
I am the master of my fate:
I am the captain of my soul.

For more on this event taking place in Orlando Florida May 8th-12th see website below.

Image  from http://invictusgames2016.org/in-our-own-words/

Hurdles

Volunteering to Raise the Bar

Citius, Altius, Fortius

by: Christopher S. Hendrix-Buxton

Billions of years from now legends may or may not be remembered decades from now, even those in particular whose moments made our spirits soar.

We will never get to live this life again, so we all try to run faster, soar higher or become stronger mentally, physically & spiritually together. The Olympic creed embodies the essense of sport in the world and no one can or should ever change it.  We should all remember that those three simple words are to inspire each one of us on how to live. 

Every four years athletes have the opportunity in the summer or the winter to shine on the global stage and ascend up onto the podium.  Children, gentleman & ladies all over the world have the same feelings inside when we all hold our breath in that solitary instant, that moment in time, when the athlete we hold dear in our hearts comes up next.  Hoping one and the same to win.

Tim Bell

      “That was not my best, but it was perhaps the one that has meant the most.”

        -Timothy Bell

Tim Bell is captured here in the midst of his ascension over the bar.  It is a picture perfect moment of when he won his South Eastern Conference title during the Indoor National Collegiate Athletic Association Championships in Arkansas.  Just a few seconds in time where everything mattered to someone.  He was also a part of a winning effort which broke off the Razorbacks streak of consecutive NCAA titles in the sport of Track and Field only a few weeks later where the Tennessee Volunteers won it all.

Tim, also know as “Tele-Tim”, gave everything to clear the bar on that day and this photograph is proof that he reached an unbelievable 17′ 2.5”. To this very day and certainly an infinite many more to follow, will aim to fly nearly as high in the sky as he did and unite fight with flight either in this sport or another. No matter who you are or what you believe in, one thing is certain, this young man could soar.  

However here is the truly remarkable fact of the story that we wish to tell.  The part about healing and overcoming adversity when no one who used to care isnt looking anymore.  The seldom known fact about him is that in 2002, after a devastating knee surgery, he made a remarkable comeback.  Here at Healing Heroes With Sports, we believe that this kind of life changing effort can come about when others are there to help you get there. It begins with you, each other and ideally us all.

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It was an honor and privilege to call Tim a teammate while attending the University of Tennessee. Unfortunately, I had to quit the team, my mother was diagnosed with cancer this a second time and I missed out on the team title run.  As an eventual undergraduate as a George Mason Patriot and a Volunteer Assistant Coach there, my mother got me there and will always be my inspiration.

Now this story is not all about Tim and it is especially not about me. Tim did say it best to me over a few recent conversations however, “…in every sport imaginable, dreams of making that last second buzzer-beater, golden goal, the touchdown, sinking that 20ft putt or simply crossing the line 1st instills in us what it means to be excellent.”  It is about how that moment or person of inspiration means eveything to someone on our planet at one point in time, in all of our lives, one way or another.

Tele Tele_Tim Tim is now teaching language arts.

 

 

Relief and Resiliency Outreach

Gary Sinise – Serves Those in Need with Honor

Operation Ben Concert

Since 9/11/01Gary Sinise has the attitude that cares and here at Healing Heroes With Sports our mission is essentially the same. Mr. Sinise is one of the most active celebrities when it comes to giving back to the troops. The CSI actor has been to Iraq and Afghanistan to volunteer and visit with wounded soldiers.  Task and Purpose, which is an online publication quotes him as saying, “We can never do enough for our heroes”. He’s part of various Department of Defense organizations that assist the families of deployed soldiers, and he has founded Operation Iraqi Children, which ships school supplies and other donations to Iraqi school children.  And if that isnt enough to prove his intergrity, then click here to learn more.

Precise and Prestigious

 

by Christopher Hendrix-Buxton

Major General Robert M. Marquette Jr.

On August 26, retired generals and admirals came together to form a publication. It was addressed to Speaker of the House John A. Boehner, Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid.  The publication link will take you away to where you can learn more where you will find a letter to Congressional leaders. It is signed along with nearly 200 other retired Generals and Admirals, one of which is Major General Marquette Jr..  

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An “Innovative Agreement” amongst scientist, generals & ambassadors one day gathered under the auspices of peace on the 12th of August last year in 2015. According to The United Institute of Peace Major General Robert M. Marquette Jr. signed on to strengthen the war on keeping the peace forever.  He signed up to make a difference with his endorsement and the weight of his career along with it.  The gravity of terror and inhumanity was lifted that much more thanks to him.  We owe this man our gratitude and countless others a thank you.

Now, the only reason we are even sharing this hero’s story is because of an acquaintance.  Just a guy paying his rent talking it up with one of the employees that works the grounds. During that brief time at the office, we shared stories.  One of those stories was about his grandfather and the other was about Lieutenant General Jerry Sinn.  Major General Robert M. Marquette Jr.’s nephew and I became friends and it started with a story about two great men who we respect greatly and regard as heroes.

These two men may not be wounded as those that we here at Healing Heroes With Sports persevere to support, but we all do have many of the same goals.

A tribute to Lieutenant General Jerry Sinn

 

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Lieutenant General Jerry Sinn

Please join us in thanking him for those 39 years of selflessness, and wish him well in his future endeavors.

Throughout his youth in North Dakota, Jerry Sinn thought he would follow in his parents’ footsteps, raising cattle and growing wheat.  Recently The Association of the United States Army’s Council of Trustees voted unanimously at its April 28 meeting to appoint Lt. Gen. Jerry Sinn, USA, Ret., as the Association’s vice president for finance and administration, to succeed Lt. Gen Thomas G. Rhame, USA, Ret., who retired from this position on April 14, 2014.

As the director of the Army budget and the military deputy for budget to the assistant secretary of the Army for financial management and comptroller he did an exceptional job.

Sinn owned and operated Quadrate, LLC, that provided engineering, project management and business development services, and earlier was the senior vice president, land warfare strategy and planning, DRS Technologies, Inc., and then as president, DRS Technologies Tactical Systems Group. 

 “General Sinn brings to this critical AUSA post a wealth of knowledge and experience – both from his key military assignments in the Army and his challenging executive positions in the private sector.” Gen. Gordon R. Sullivan, USA, Ret., Association president and chief operating officer, said.

Adding, “As a former Army assistant chief of staff for resource management at U.S Army Materiel Command; the director of operations and support for the assistant secretary of the Army for financial management; and as the commanding general of the North Atlantic Division for the Corps of Engineers, Jerry Sinn has a proven track record of successfully tackling and resolving complex managerial and financial issues.

 “We welcome him and his wife, Cheryl, to the AUSA family

 – See more at: Healing Heroes with Sports on its Facebook community page.

Who We Are and How We Plan To Do It.

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You can support us by donating to healing heroes by clicking here.  Our social media pages are all currently under development, so we need the support please.  The resources will have some unique features in addition to information about the Company and a unique “Nominate” tab where friends and family of an injured Hero has the ability to write a letter as to why their loved one deserves to be chosen for a family vacation.

There will also be a “Dream” tab where we discuss how the idea came about and what sponsors helped us take this from a dream to an active, fully functioning program.

The “Wall of Honor” tab annually recognizes one Hero that has participated in our program. The Wall of Honor section includes an in‐depth account of their story, how they have overcome their injuries, and what they are doing to help better the lives of other wounded Heroes.

Any donation tab will honor and recognize all Platinum, Gold, Silver and Bronze donors (if they wish) along with our Corporate Partners to give recognition to those who are helping launch and build this program. Some of the adaptive sports and recreational activities that we expect to provide for them are: inshore and offshore fishing, golf, snorkeling, scuba diving, cycling/hand‐cycling, tennis, yoga, target/skeet shooting, wheelchair basketball, sled hockey, roller and ice skating, archery, horseback riding, swimming, table tennis, bowling, badminton, volleyball, tubing, wake‐boarding, kayaking, rowing, stand‐ up‐paddleboard and windsurfing.

Each hero and their families will choose the activities in which they wish to participate during their stay. All activities will have an adaptive trained director to teach the Heroes and help them reach their full capabilities to ensure maximum success and enjoyment.

Through the activities and programs offered, America’s Disabled Veterans and injured first responders will live more independent and enriched lifestyles that will raise their level of personal dignity. Other Opportunities‐ In addition to the above programs, HHWS will also specialize in designing, providing, and manufacturing adaptive sports and recreational equipment for athletes and other individuals with special needs.

Our Florida‐based manufacturing and assembly facilities, as well as overall sales and operational activities, to train and employ wounded Veterans looking to transition into civilian careers.

Some of the current products and services include, but are not limited to:

● The Patriot Putter that is a 20‐in‐1, dual patented and USGA approved golf putter that is adaptable to any golfer, from both a standing or seated position.

● Adaptive Carts‐ Both golf and general leisure/mobility carts.

● Proprietary Training Programs: Teaching adaptive athletes and those who work with them how to most effectively participate in both leisure and competitive activities.

● Specialized equipment to support rehab service programs.

● Research and Development of next‐generation adaptive products and services.

● Other custom products that have general and adaptive appeal. HHWS plans to capitalize on its unique expertise in this niche market through the development of these and other products that can than be branded and then donated or sold.

This will help HHWS to be able to raise some of its own funds rather than be 100% reliant on funding by donations. Potential Foundation Programs:

● The Adaptive Golf Education Program‐ HHWS will work in conjunction with an internationally‐recognized body of golf instructors to develop a series of ongoing courseware; accreditation; and continuing education materials geared towards instructing both adaptive athletes and the trainers/coaches who work with them. This will include access to golf courses that are designed specifically to meet the requirements of adaptive needs athletes and their families.

● The Adaptive Community Recreational Initiative ‐ A pilot program to integrate adaptive facilities into a municipal recreation department. The program will feature education/awareness training for the municipal employees, as well as recommendations and implementation assistance for ensuring that recreational facilities (and other municipal services) are compliant with adaptive needs.

● The Adaptive Lifestyle Awareness Initiative‐ A program for elementary school‐age children that will promote the understanding and awareness of adaptive lifestyles. The program will be available for implementation through school districts nationwide.

● The Adaptive Lifestyle Community (Formal Name TBD)‐ HHWS will be instrumental in creating an online portal that will become the singular resource for bringing together this specific target audience through a global, open environment conducive to education, information, communication and shared life experiences.

HHWS 501c3 corporation number‐ N15000002361