Recreation, Sports, Leisure, Athletics

TEAM RIVER RUNNER INC

Veterans on the River to Recovery

Rockville, MD

Mission

Our Mission is to provide all veterans and their families an opportunity to find health, healing, community purpose, and new challenges through adventure and adaptive paddle sports!

Ruling Year

2014

Executive Director

Mr. Joseph Mornini

Main Address

5007 Stone Road

Rockville, MD 20853 USA

Keywords

Adaptive sports

EIN

20-3838651

 Number

1550737920

Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Other Recreation, Sports, or Leisure Activities N.E.C. (N99)

IRS Filing Requirement

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Programs + Results

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Our programs

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SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

65 Chapter Paddling network

Where we work

Our Results

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Number of community events or trainings held and attendance

TOTALS BY YEAR
Population(s) served

No target populations selected

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context notes

These numbers reflect the paddling activities reported each year by our chapters.

Average dollar price for classes

TOTALS BY YEAR
Population(s) served

No target populations selected

Related program

65 Chapter Paddling network

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context notes

Team River Runner programs are provided free of cost to participants

Number of adults engaging in regular physical activity

TOTALS BY YEAR
Population(s) served

No target populations selected

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context notes

These numbers reflect the unique veterans participating in our programs each year. Unique means that these are individual veterans not counted more than once.

Charting Impact

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What is the organization aiming to accomplish?

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What have they accomplished so far and what's next?

Team River Runner (TRR) believes that every veterans of all eras deserve the chance to embrace new challenges, regain purpose, obtain/renew leadership skills and rekindle camaraderie. TRR aims to provide regular opportunities, across our nation, for adaptive kayaking, paddlesports, and healthy adventures for these veterans and their families.

TRR has developed a national volunteer effort in 65 Chapters in over 30 states to focus on our core beliefs. We train, equip, support, and monitor lifestyle paddling programs in all of our national chapters. Weekly paddling programs are provided by TRR chapter coordinators and volunteers at VA hospitals in pools and on lakes, bays, and rivers across the country. TRR has a system of regional and national trainings called Leadership Clinics. Volunteers and veterans come together in these clinics to network, learn to paddle, become acquainted with new adaptive technology and adaptive instruction, and deepen skills needed for a successful chapter to operate. Annually, the National Leadership conference brings together chapters, VA clinicians & collaborators for a learning and bonding experience that confirms that healing power of TRR programs.

TRR's systematic organizational plan requires all proposed new chapters to meet specific criteria before gaining official status to obtain funding, volunteer training, equipment, etc. An extensive collaborative network of adaptive sports organizations has been built to link resources and create an infrastructure for paddling venues and boat/gear storage. Finally, TRR has developed a safety-first Inclusive Paddling Skills Training Program, with two main components - Adaptive Technology and Adaptive Instruction.

An On-Line Reporting System gathers metrics of attendance and activities. With this data, we determine program effectiveness regionally and make adjustments accordingly in terms of needs/usage. Clinic/program evaluations help us improve the veteran experience. Testimonials from participants, family members and volunteers affirm the positive impact of TRR. Chapter coordinators participate in monthly conference calls to analyze data and inspire/share/discover material related to safety, teaching techniques and adaptive equipment.

in 2015 we successfully held another major kayak football tournament (a home grown sport), had two of the most successful biathlons in Colorado and Washington DC in our history as well as raised an incredible amount of funds to fully support our leadership training held in St.John every year in November. Probably one of our biggest milestones was reaching over 2,000 veterans served. We hope to surpass this in 2016 and in years to come.
TRR needs to find new partners nationally to meet the adaptive sports need of veterans in areas of the nation where we do not have chapters. Additionally, we are constantly looking for ways to spread outreach efforts to those veterans who have "gone dark" and are unavailable and/or house bound. We must continue to extend connections and outreach to get more veterans involved in our programs or as we like to say "butts in boats".

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TEAM RIVER RUNNER INC

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Board Leadership Practices

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BOARD ORIENTATION & EDUCATION

Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations?

Yes

CEO OVERSIGHT

Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year?

Yes

ETHICS & TRANSPARENCY

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Yes

BOARD COMPOSITION

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Yes

BOARD PERFORMANCE

Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years?

Yes