Recovery Through Sport
Made up of more than 43 service members who qualify for our assistance, Team America’s Fund is the rehabilitative sports program of the America’s Fund Program, which along with Team Semper Fi make up the Peter Murphy Semper Fi Fund Sports Program. Team America’s Fund is an extension of the assistance we provide.
Members of Team America’s Fund at the 2013 Army Marathon.
The idea for Team America’s Fund was inspired by those wounded Veterans who refused to let their challenges prevent them from competing in athletic events, and whose drive and determination was inspirational to us all.
Working in close coordination with Team Semper Fi, Team America’s Fund is made up of servicemen and women who have overcome significant challenges in their service to our country, and have embraced the fighting, athletic spirit on their road to recovery. They are an inspiration to us all but, more importantly, they are an inspiration to their fellow service members who are also traveling down the road to recovery.
We provide our team with coaches, specialized sporting equipment, entry fees, and travel expenses to athletic events. Team members are also given the opportunity to receive high-level training from former and current Olympic and Paralympic athletes through a partnership with U.S. Paralympics! Grant funding for this program is awarded by U.S. Paralympics, a division of the U.S. Olympic Committee, through funding provided by Veterans Affairs. The grants are provided to facilitate the growth of Paralympic-sport programming for disabled Veterans and disabled members of the Armed Forces.
Team Semper Fi and Team America’s Fund Athletes Saddle Up For Cowboy Challenge
Injured and Ill Athletes Go Head-to Head in the Annual Horseman Competition
Escondido, CA – For the fifth year in a row, the injured athletes of Team Semper Fi and Team America’s Fund are saddling up for an incredible challenge. Ten veteran and active duty service members, some of them amputees, will learn the skills to become cowboys, then go head-to-head in the ring–and they have just three days to do it. Read the rest of the article…