Triumph Foundation Blog

3rd Annual Adaptive Sports Expo at VA Long Beach!

May 10, 2017

Wheelchair Sports Festival April 29th & 30th, 2017

April 13, 2017

Superheroes Triumph! 5K

April 13, 2017

FREE Sled Hockey Clinic

March 23, 2017

Wheelchair Over The Line Tournament in San Diego

March 23, 2017

Join Casa Colina's Outdoor Adventures Program on their Next ADVENTURE!

March 23, 2017

Santa Clarita Skate Jam

September 27, 2016

Over-the-Line Wheelchair Baseball Tournament

September 21, 2016

Saturday, October 22, 2016, Triumph Foundation is holding our 3rd Annual Over-the-Line Wheelchair Baseball Tournament at the Barry A. Sanders Sport Field located at Lake Balboa Park 6300 Balboa Blvd. Van Nuys, CA 91316. Everyone's welcome to attend!

LIMITED TO FIRST 48 PLAYERS TO REGISTER
To Register, email Randi@Triumph-Foundation.org

Over-the-Line is a modified baseball game where players form small teams, attempt to hit a ball "over the line" into fair territory without their opponents catching it, and keep score. There will be a bracket where teams will have to win their way to the championship.


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September 5, 2016

Best News All Day

July 2, 2016

Outreach Update


Last month Triumph held our Wheelchair Sports Festival and we had many people say it was the highlight of their year.  Watch the video

But I know many of you would argue that it is not the best event we put on.  The best is our Let'em Roll Casino Night!

Get ready for the party of the year on Saturday, July 30th!!

The event will feature Texas Hold 'em Poker Tournament, Craps, Blackjack, and Roulette.  Plus Prime Rib Dinner, Dancing, and Silent Auction.  

All for only $100 if you buy your tickets before July 1st. It will be the best hundred bucks you spend all year.  Buy Tickets
Not only is the Casino Night fun and great for a date night, it is a celebration of all that we've accomplished and is our main fundraiser that supports our programs.  It is not about the games, it is about the cause. 
   
Read the Outreach Update below to see what you have made possible. It may be the best news you read all day. 

Even if you can't personally attend our fundraiser, please consider buying a ticket for someone who otherwise could not afford one.  


Thank you for your support,

  
Andrew Skinner
(661) 803-3700

Wheelchair Sports Festival

Our Wheelchair Sports Festival weekend had over 800 participants plus spectators and everyone had a chance to push the limits of their ability!  It was our BIGGEST EVENT EVER and we had many new people come out to play. 

Watch the video:


All of the events were a success; Diveheart held an amazing scuba diving program in the pool, participants in the WCMX rocked the skate park, people were challenged to race in our Powerchair Rodeo, many found their creative talents at our Artists for Trauma painting workshop, the Resource Fair increased awareness of community assets, and we opened many eyes and hearts to the number of people that live in our community with disabilities.  


The Wheelchair Sports Festival was an all inclusive, all fun, all safe, adapted athletics free-for-all. It doesn't get much better than that.
Check out Michael Hansel's pictures from Day 1 and Day 2


Paralympic Sport Club

Triumph Foundation is proud to announce that we have become the Paralympic Sport Club of Los Angeles.  This will allow us to develop our programs to help para-athletes participate in more sports and hopefully grow and nurture some future gold medalists!  

Click here for more information on Paralympic Sport Clubs


Care Basket Outreach

Our Care Baskets & Backpacks are the first line of support providing the injured person and their family with resources to guide their way. They are a tool-kit to help someone rebuild their life after becoming paralyzed. 
NORTHRIDGE HOSPITAL
Brenda and her fiancé Darrack recently moved to California from the East coast to start their lives together. While 4 months pregnant, Brenda fell off the bed and broke her neck suffering a C4-6 spinal cord injury.  Thank God the baby is perfectly fine. She is getting good movement back on one side already and is getting better every day.  We pray for her recovery and health for the baby.
 
NORTHRIDGE HOSPITAL
We met Terry, a software engineer from Venice Beach who recently had a procedure done during a operation on his neck that went wrong. He had damage to his spinal cord at the C5-6 level. He is getting a lot of return of function back and is able to walk a little already. He has a good attitude and a great support system with his girlfriend Anna, and we are optimistic about his transition home.
LONG BEACH MEMORIAL
We met Michael who has a rare autoimmune disease who needed some rehab to regain strength.
 
RANCHO
Our ambassadors connect with patients at Rancho Los Amigos hospital to deliver Care Baskets.
CARE MERIDIAN
We recently met Jose at Care Meridian's Oso House in Chatsworth who recently got into a car accident suffering an L2 spinal cord injury.  He is making a great recovery and is able to move his legs.  We plan to help him get the proper equipment to return home and regain mobility.
 
BALLARD REHAB
We met L.T. at Ballard Rehab. L.T. suffered a spinal cord injury from a gunshot wound while he was protecting a friend's house from a home invasion six months ago. We gave him a Care Backpack full of resources and information to help him rebuild his life.
UC IRVINE MEDICAL CENTER
We met Hank and his girlfriend Marissa at UC Irvine Medical Center. Hank was riding his motorcycle when someone pulled out in front of him crashing into his bike. He suffered multiple fractures including injury to his T4 vertebrae resulting in a spinal cord injury. He has an awesome attitude and a great support system. He is determined to ride again. We are excited to help him and Marissa transition back to life.
 
TUSTIN REHAB
We met Leonard at Tustin Rehab. He recently suffered a spinal stroke suddenly becoming paralyzed. He has an awesome outlook on life and was grateful for a visit. He had lots of questions on normal activities of daily living and is anxious to get back to the good life of hanging out at home with his wife by the beach, drinking gin martinis and enjoying each day. We look forward to joining him for happy hour.


Equipment & Supply Exchange

Triumph Foundation helps repurpose old, used, and extra durable medical goods by giving them to people who are in need.  We call this our Equipment & Supply Exchange program. If you are in need or have items you'd like to donate, check out our website's Exchange to see what items are listed. 
Our friend Alfonzo is a frequent user of
our Exchange. He often uses it to find catheters and other urological supplies when his insurance won't cover enough to get him through the month.  Recently, while he was searching he saw a post by someone who was giving away two standing frames. Both were in need of work but Alfonzo was up for the challenge. 

He picked them up and spent time repairing them back into working condition. Keeping one standing frame for himself, he kept his eyes and ears open for someone else who was in need. 
A short time later he reconnected with 
his friend Rob who had been wanting for one for years but never was able to afford to purchase one. 







Alfonzo can say the rest:
"When I heard about (Rob's) situation I had to pay it forward and I gave him one of the standing frames that I got from the Exchange program. I took it to him, he was so happy, he hadn't really stood up since his accident four years ago. That made my day, that I can pay forward something that Triumph Foundation did by opening the Exchange program on there website.  From myself and Rob, thank you Triumph Foundation."





We met David at our Scripps Encinitas SCI Life Series Group. He has been injured just over 1 year and has gained a healthy amount of  weight back and had outgrown his wheelchair. He was very uncomfortable and looked awkward in a small wheelchair.  

Triumph came to the rescue.  We found him a loaner wheelchair that fits him much better and delivered it to him in San Diego.  He can keep it as long as he needs it. 









Nick Van Hecke was Athlete of the Year at our Wheelchair Sports Festival and helped us coach racquetball at the event.  He told us he has been looking for a better high performance wheelchair. His chair had seen some miles on it and Nick was looking for an upgrade.  It just so happened that our Ambassador Erik St. Amant had donated one of his old wheelchairs that was very aggressive and built for someone with good chair skills. Nick was a perfect match. 








Jaelynn is seven years old, a paraplegic, and lives in Montana. We received an email from her dad saying she was in need of a second wheelchair to use offroad to get around outside around their home in the country. Her dad was wondering if there was anyway we could help their family.  We had a small Zephyr wheelchair in our inventory that has been waiting for a good home. We shipped it out to Jaelynn and with some slight modifications by her dad, it fit perfectly and has some room for her to grow and use it for a number of years.   

 



Casino Night Fundraiser

     
You are invited to Triumph's Let'em Roll Casino Night Fundraiser on Saturday July 30, 2016 at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in Valencia.  The event will feature Texas Hold'em Poker Tournament, Craps, Blackjack and Roulette. It will also include Prime Rib Dinner, Dancing, and Silent Auction. 

This is our main source of funds to support our programs.  Please help us carry on our outreach. 

We need sponsors and silent auction items.  


Thank you


Your support of these programs changes lives.  

If you liked what you read, please join us in celebration of life after spinal cord injury at our Let'em Roll Casino Night fundraiser.  Download the flyer
 
Please consider giving monthly to Triumph Foundation.  A small gift each month helps keep our focus on serving.  It is an easy and affordable way for you to invest in people with disabilities.  

We are so thankful for your support,

  
Andrew Skinner
www.Triumph-Foundation.org

SAVE THE DATE - Cottage Rehab's 2016 Junior Wheelchair Sports Camp

June 14, 2016

2016 Land Meets Sea Sports Camp Registration is Open!

June 3, 2016

Walking Trout Camping Trip

May 24, 2016

DIVEHEART INSTRUCTOR AND BUDDY TRAINING COURSE

May 17, 2016

Triumph Foundation becomes a Paralympic Sport Club!

May 13, 2016

PARALYMPIC SPORT CLUB LOS ANGELES IS TRIUMPH FOUNDATION!

Triumph Foundation is now a recognized Paralympic Sport Club with the United States Olympic Committee! As a Paralympic Sport Club we are dedicated to increasing awareness of Paralympic Sports AND to bring athletes into the "Paralympic Pipeline."

The Paralympic Games immediately follow the Olympic Games. They are an elite level international competition for athletes with physical and/or visual disabilities hosted in the same venue as the Olympic Games.

The primary objectives of Paralympic Sports Clubs include:

  • To develop community-based sports clubs that recruit and involve youth and adults with physical disabilities in sports and physical activity regardless of skill or interest level.
  • To develop a comprehensive, community-based Paralympic Sport Club network as a foundation for a Paralympic athlete pipeline.
  • To provide community-based sport program opportunities for injured service members to continue sport participation upon their release from Military Treatment Facilities.
  • To create a national, unified, community-based Paralympic Sport Club network that provides a "grass-roots" branding campaign to educate America on the opportunity and benefits inherent in sport and physical activity as practiced by persons with physical disabilities.

To find out more about the paralympics, visit www.usparalympics.org.

SDSU Adaptive Fitness Clinic Party

April 21, 2016

PVA Adaptive Sports Expo April 22nd, 2016

April 8, 2016

Wheel To The Sea on May 7, 2016

April 7, 2016

Wheelchair Sports Festival 2016

February 18, 2016

Over-the-Line Tournament

October 27, 2015

On Saturday, October 24, 2015, Triumph Foundation held its 2nd Annual Wheelchair Over-the-Line Baseball Tournament at the Barry A. Sanders Sport Field located at Lake Balboa Park 6300 Balboa Blvd. Van Nuys, CA 91316.

Over-the-Line is a modified baseball game where players form small teams, attempt to hit a ball "over the line" into fair territory without their opponents catching it, and keep score. There is a bracket where teams will have to win their way to the championship.

Click here for more pictures