Sunday, October 27, 2013

Tri-Life: TeamRWB interview with Zack Armstrong

I recently met Zack Armstrong, Midwest Regional Director with Team RWB, and asked for him to answer a few questions about himself and the organization.  I love what Team RWB stands for and it is very easy to get involve with them.  I am a firm believer that endurance sports are more than just competing for yourself and this organization is a great way to give back. 

 
Tell us a little about yourself and your endurance background?  My endurance career started in 2004, as my collegiate baseball career was coming to a close. I immediately immersed myself in the endurance culture and have never looked back. Triathlons were my first passion, and it was not too long before I attempted and completed Ironman Lake Placid (my brother Nick and I will be participating in 2014). Several other events followed including: the JFK 50, American Triple-T, various 70.3's, Marathons, and many more. It would be fair to say that I'm an active person, and endurance sports has provided me the opportunity to meet thousands of friendly people, that I may not have met otherwise. While making new friends within the endurance community, I feel privileged to help bring newcomers to the Team Red, White & Blue Family and share an active lifestyle with them.

What was your appeal with TeamRWB before becoming involved with the organization? I come from a military family. My Grandfather (Otto), Uncle (Greg), & Brother (Nick) all served in the Army (WWII, Korea, Bosnia, Afghanistan & Iraq respectively). My older brother (only brother) means the world to me! To say that Nick is the greatest influence in my life is an understatement. Team RWB has served as an amazing outlet for my family, and has enabled us all to become closer than ever. There is nothing more important to me than connecting our nation's Veterans to their communities and enabling them to serve and lead again!

What is TeamRWB? Team RWB is an all-inclusive non-profit that builds resilient communities by connecting America's Veterans to their community through physical and social activity. Our Chapters & Communities deliver consistent, local opportunities for Veterans and the community to connect through unique and meaningful physical and social activity. We host weekly fitness activities, monthly social and volunteering events, and participate in local races and events together. By doing this, we are able to help active duty and recently discharged Veterans transition back into civilian life. Additionally, Veterans of all ages have joined our ranks to connect with our Team, and enjoy the camaraderie that comes along with Team RWB. We are seeing positive results all across the country by giving our men and women a new sense of "duty" or purpose.

Who can be a part of RWB and how can people contribute?
Team RWB is all-inclusive and it's Free! The best way to contribute is to give part of yourself to the Team and become active. We feel it is critical for Veterans to be connected to their Community. Civilians, or Community Members as we call them, are an important part of who we are at Team RWB and I highly encourage community members to become active in our local chapters.
Taken from TeamRWB's facebook page:  at West Point Triathlon
What are some of your most successful programs used from donations? Donations made to Team RWB directly fund our local programming. We use donations to eliminate barriers to entry for our Veterans to get physically active. We have procured running shoes, bicycle tubes, and swim goggles. Donations have helped local chapters create several unique events such as Stand-Up Paddleboarding on Lake Michigan. In 2011, 90.9% of expenses went towards our programs.

What if someone wants to help out and you don't have a local group formed?? (maybe could be a plug to start new groups?) Team RWB is growing rapidly. We believe Veterans are leaders, and we are looking for our Veterans & Community Members to volunteer and lead in several ways. If there is an interest in volunteering your time as a leader, or in general, please feel free to contact me at zack.armstrong@teamrwb.org If someone is interested in starting a Chapter in their local area, they may learn more here http://teamrwb.org/get-involved/newchapter


Taken from TeamRWB's facebook page

Connect with TEAM RWB:
http://teamrwb.org/
https://www.facebook.com/TeamRWB
https://twitter.com/teamrwb

 

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