April 02, 2012

By definition, TEAMWORK is defined by the actions of individuals, brought together for a common purpose or goal, which subordinate the needs of the individual to the needs of the group. In essence, each person on the team puts aside his or her individual needs to work towards the larger group objective. The interactions among the members and the work they complete is called teamwork.

We have a strong set of values that guide the behavior of all those who work, play and compete at Sportable and this idea of teamwork or team spirit is at the core!

Our TEAM takes a broad approach and includes our staff, board of directors, volunteers, coaches, partners, and community supporters.  It is this team approach to achieving our mission that allows Sportable athletes to realize their true potential, and we pride ourselves on working together to create an environment that allows each individual we serve to  see beyond their limitations.

The month of March was filled with perfect examples of this… from the 10k Training Team and first ever “official” wheelchair division of the Ukrop’s Monument 10k (in partnership with Sports Backers) to our Paralympic Experience Day and the special guest appearance of VCU Men’s Basketball Team (in partnership with their Center for Sports Leadership)– Sportable is successful because of our ability to collaborate and work with others.  I am proud to say that we truly value each athlete, volunteer, staff person, board member, community partner and what each bring to the table as we work to create opportunities and transform lives of people with physical disabilities through sport.

I am very fortunate for being able to sit back periodically and see how far we have come through the efforts of so many people who share the passion for ensuring that EVERYONE benefits from sports and leading a healthy active lifestyle.  I was blown away by the feedback from our friends in the Richmond sports community as they stopped by our table at the Anthem Health & Fitness Expo…Sportable is surely gaining momentum and the community is seeing the impact we can have.

The smiles on the faces of the Jrs. Wheelchair Basketball players as they gave pointers to the VCU Men’s Team on how to maneuver the sports wheelchair and the sheer determintation on the faces of our athletes in the Monument 10k are what get me out of bed every morning.  As a member of this great Sportable team,  this does not go unnoticed and I personally do not want to let my teammates down … so, I continue to fight to ensure that Sportable will always be there for the betterment of the community and more importantly for each of our athletes who before may not have even known what their true potential was without having had the opportunity to participate in sport.

As Henry Ford once said “Coming together is a beginning, staying together is progress, and working together is success.”   I look forward to continuing to work together with all Sportable teammates who wish to support our mission of creating opportunities and transforming lives!