“Recovery Through Sport”
Made up of more than 50 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.
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Wounded Military Veterans Take On Utah Mountains
Twenty injured military veterans have been in Utah attending the first-sever Semper Fi Fund and America’s Fund Mountain Biking Camp.
Tyler Burdick is one of them. He is originally from Salt Lake City, and is a United States Navy veteran and is a double below-the-knee amputee. He competes in many Team Semper Fi events such as the mountain biking camp. In addition to his Team Semper Fi events, he is a U.S. Paralympic Snowboarder.
Wounded veterans back in the saddle
Canton, MS – There was always one soothing thought commanding officer John Mayer would share with his machine gunner Carlos Rochel during the difficult times of two tours of duty in Iraq, “nothing is better for the inside of a person than the outside of a horse.”
Rochel is one of 16 veterans, 14 of which are Marines, in Canton through the weekend competing in the inaugural Dixie Challenge through the Jinx McCain Horsemanship Program, which is sponsored by the Semper Fi Fund.
For Rochel, who is an air conditioning repairman in Chicago, Friday was his first time on a horse.
“I was always afraid because I had seen horses buck up people, but this has been very relaxing,” Rochel said. “She’s got her own personality, Ms. Kitty.”
For two days, veterans train like cowboys and ranch hands in western trail, roping and cattle sorting. On Sunday, they will put their training to the test with the challenge competing for trophies, belt buckles and bragging rights.
Mayer, who dreamed of being a cowboy while growing up in Willow City, Texas, retired from the Marine Corps after 33 years last year and took over the horsemanship program last year. The primary goal of the program taps into the concept of “recovery through sport” for soldiers who became wounded or ill while in service.
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Injured veterans take on triathlon camp, body and mind
Pensacola Beach will be home to some 20 injured veterans over the next two weeks as they take part in training for upcoming triathlons sponsored by teams Semper Fi and America’s Fund.
Beginner and advanced athletes will have the opportunity to hone their swimming, cycling and running skills while regaining the sense of teamwork and camaraderie of military life.
“Part of the camp is triathlon,” said Petty Officer 2nd Class John Murray of Team MPI, Multisport Performance Institute, and triathlon camp head coach. “And part of this is getting together with other folks that have been through the same things.”
Vets ride to raise awareness, but not for themselves
Navy veteran Josh Sharpe, who lost the use of his legs in a car accident in 1994, will use a handcycle to travel the 180 miles from Houston to Austin, Texas, to raise awareness for his cause. Another 14 injured veterans will join, too, in the hopes of more public attention.
But it’s not a military cause, or one dealing with injured veterans or their struggles.
Rather, it’s an annual fundraising ride for multiple sclerosis research, an illness to which the veteran riders have only tangential connections.
“As injured veterans, we can identify with people struggling with this terrible disease,” Sharpe said.
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Team Semper Fi and Team America’s Fund take part in the BPMS150
The Semper Fi Fund is proud to partner with BP America to send 15 Team Semper Fi and Team America’s Fund athletes to ride alongside Team BP in the BP MS 150, April 18-19, 2015.
Over two days, these 15 veterans will bike 180 miles in support of those with disability due to multiple sclerosis. Team Semper Fi and Team America’s Fund athletes know what it’s like to face everyday challenges because of a disability. Through conviction and commitment, our athletes have overcome the odds and now continue to serve and inspire. At the BP MS 150, they will ride to encourage others facing their own ongoing physical challenges. Together, they’ll show that disability isn’t inability. Click here to read more!
Rico Roman, U.S. Paralympic star, helps open 2014 Warrior Games presented by Deloitte
BY SCOTTIE BIBB | SEPT. 28, 2014, 10:30 P.M. (ET) | Link to Article
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. — Paralympic gold medalist and retired Army Staff Sergeant Rico Roman — alongside fellow Paralympic teammate and retired Marine Corps Corporal Paul Schaus — lit the cauldron to kick off the fifth annual Warrior Games presented by Deloitte at the Olympic Training Center today in Colorado Springs, Colorado. Read the rest of this article…
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Semper Fi Fund Supports Service Members and Families at 2014 Warrior Games!
COLORADO SPRINGS, CO – Every year, thousands of injured, ill and wounded service members vie for just 200 coveted slots in the annual Warrior Games, a six-day, Paralympic-style competition for the five branches of the military. Next week, the exceptional athletes who made the cut for the 2014 games will go head to head in seven different sports starting September 28 and running through October 4. Thanks to the Semper Fi Fund, their friends and family will be at the games to cheer them on. Read the rest of this article…
Horsemanship offers veterans relief from the traumas of combat.
In 2002, Chris Lowe was a teenager from a small Texas town, a 19-year-old community college student with an ambition to serve his country. Following a family tradition of military service, he enlisted in the U.S. Marines. Two years later, he was in Iraq, on a combat deployment in the chaotic hotbed of Fallujah, providing security for an explosives disposal team, when an enemy mortar exploded just feet away from him. Only luck saved his life. Read the rest of this article…
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…