With the Capital of Texas Triathlon being held on Memorial Day, event organizers wished to honor our brave men and women of the armed forces and ensure the significance of Memorial Day was not lost as triathletes raced by the Capitol. The mission to recognize service members serving their country, culminated with the participation of wounded warriors in the race, began what is expected to be a long tradition – The Wounded Warrior Dinner.
- In 2010, the CapTexTri community held the first Wounded Warrior Dinner benefiting the Wounded Warrior Disabled Sports Project – a Joint Venture between Wounded Warrior Project and Disabled Sports USA who provides year-round sports programs as an integral part of tramatic injury rehabilitation for severely wounded service members returning from Iraq and Afghanistan and fighting the global war on terriorism.
The combination of these two programs is the corner stone for the hopeful recovery of disabled veterans by reinvigorating their lives with athletics and building confidence in their abilities.
“…ensure the significance of Memorial Day was not lost…”
The 2012 dinner beneficiary is the Challenged Athletes Foundation – Operation Rebound; a premier sports and fitness program for American military personnel, veterans and first responders with permanent physical disabilities. It provides unparalleled opportunities to pursue active, athletic lifestyles by offering access to funding for equipment and training and competition expenses, Military Medical Center Physical Training (MMCPT) and sports clinics.