Adaptive Training Foundation @adaptivetrainingfoundation
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357 Posts
265 Following
Athlete Spotlight! Meet Tony Brink! . Tony Brink graduated from Richardson High School in Richardson, Texas with the class of 2006. Tony entered the military right after high school, where he served in Iraq from November 2007 until February 2009. He received many military awards, including the Army Commendation Medal, Combat Infantry Badge, Army Good Conduct Medal, Valorous Unit Award, National Defense Service Medal, Iraq Campaign Medal, Army Service Ribbon, and Overseas Service Ribbon. When Tony returned to the states, he attended Brookhaven College from 2012-2015 in their emergency medical services education programs. . In November of 2015, Tony was involved in a car accident while taking his daughter to preschool. Tony ended up in a coma for two weeks with a very serious TBI. After waking up, Tony had no memory of anything and had to start from scratch, relearning to do the things we take for granted like walking and talking. . Tony is a determined and dedicated person who loves to work out and achieve any goal he sets for himself. He brings a great spirit to his classmates and has already achieved his main goal of walking again without his cane. Tony is overcoming many obstacles right now and eventually would like to get back out into the world and start working again. . Follow more of his story on our website #ATFTribe #ReDefine #ClassXII
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MASSIVE thank you and shoutout to @mrrestore for not only finalizing ATF’s move to our new HQ, but having their little one ask for kind bar donations to ATF for her birthday instead of presents. We are continually humbled and honored by their efforts. #ATFtribe #qulityparenting #kindbar
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Athlete Spotlight! Meet Tina Hurley! Tina is a 33-year-old former gymnast and Division 1 competitive cheerleading athlete. She has an undergraduate degree in Exercise Physiology/Nutrition and a graduate degree in medicine. Four years ago she was diagnosed with a rare blood vessel condition in her legs called Popliteal Artery Entrapment Syndrome after it became increasingly difficult for her to walk and use her calf muscles without pain. In July 2016, after things got critical and all surgeries had failed, she underwent a left below-knee amputation to regain some quality of life. Shortly after her initial amputation, she suffered a complicated postoperative course resulting in a large wound requiring significant wound care for eight months prior to a revision amputation in March 2017. In October 2017, she had another amputation revision, which went well and after 13 surgeries, hopefully will have been the last of the left leg surgical saga. The loss of her leg allowed her to discover that she had been lost that whole time. It took the dissolution of everything she leaned on for stability, to realize she needed to find stability within herself. She’s lived through repeated trauma, tremendous loss, and core shattering pain... but this is not her story. Her story is one of adaptation, enhancement and the pursuit of inner happiness. It is a story about the realization that life is not about finishing with 10 fingers or 10 toes; it is about developing inner constancy, building virtue in yourself, an and getting the honor of being of service to the world. Over the past year, she has taken up adaptive Crossfit and qualified for the OG Series (the equivalent of the Crossfit Games for adaptive athletes) last summer and took 2nd place at Wodapalooza in early January 2018, just 3 months post-op. However, she recognizes her need for further development and redefinition in the wake of so much change physically, mentally and spiritually. She feels tremendously lucky that ATF entered her life serendipitously at the most perfect moment to facilitate her transition from just surviving to thriving. Follow more of her story on our website #ATFTribe #ReDefine
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@mizzenandmain #repost: Kris Biggs, 35, was born and raised in Abilene, Texas. At 19 he joined the military and was based at Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri. A month into his second tour in Iraq a suicide car bomb struck his vehicle, killing two people. Kris sustained multiple broken bones, two shattered legs, and a brain injury. In 2009, after a year of rehab, he was medically discharged. It was a rough transition after leaving the military. He moved back to be with family and friends, but struggled to communicate with others. As a result, he self medicated for about 10 years. In 2016, Kris joined ATF (@adaptivetrainingfoundation). He knew it was the right move for him but he expected it to be a lot easier than it was. Despite his best efforts to hide things he suppressed from his past, his friends at ATF saw past that and pushed him toward more. “Turns out I was a hot mess and they called me on my stuff. Community is what it’s all about.” After his introduction to ATF, he went through rehab in Oklahoma City, with the support of his ATF family, and this July he’ll be making the transition back into normal life. Kris’s looked up to his stepfather throughout his life. He taught Kris to “never be a man of society. Do the next right thing. Leave no room in your life for grey area. Keep everything black and white so there’s nothing to question.” - From now through Father’s Day, we want you to share with us the best dad advice your father or father figure has given you. Simply post a picture and in the caption write the best advice you’ve received, and use the hashtag #Dad#Dadvice. For every #Dadvice post, we’ll donate a shirt to an ATF family. Help us support our friends at @adaptivetrainingfoundation by posting the best piece of fatherly advice you’ve received.
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Athlete Spotlight! Meet Roy Tuscany! . Roy is from Waterbury, Vermont where he graduated from the University of Vermont with a degree in Mechanical Engineering and dreams of being a professional free-skier, when he then headed out west to ski in the big mountains. Living the Tahoe area, Roy had the support of numerous sponsors and was beginning to realize his dream of becoming a professional skier. In 2006things changed, Roy suffered a life-altering injury that left him paralyzed from the waist down. On April 29th, he was on Mammoth Mountain where he overshot a ski jump. He went 130 feet on a 100 foot jump resulting in a huge impact with the snow fracturing his T-12 vertebrae. Roy’s injury didn’t slow him down though and lead to the creation of High-Fives. He turned the financial and community support of his own recovery into a “pay-it-forward” adventure with the creation of High-Fives Non-Profit Foundation. He received the “Spirit Inspires” award from Disabled Sports USA in 2011 and once held the world record for the most high-fives in a 24 hour period. Roy now lives in Reno, Nevada and enjoys finding fun in everything he does. He and the High-Fives Foundation continue to support the adaptive community and hosts the Military to the Mountains ski trip where the ATF Class 11 was able to take their #ReDeploy trip. . Follow more of his story on our website #ATFTribe #ReDefine #ClassXI
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Highlights from our #ClassXI #ReDeploy trip with @hi5@hi5sfoundation bringing our Military Veterans to the slopes to test their new found abilities #ATFTribe . . Thanks to @squawalpine @achievetahoe @cityofreno and 💯% fueled and inspired by @hi5sfoundation
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Athlete Spotlight! Meet Andre “Tony” Lampkin! Andre Lampkin, a.k.a Tony, is from Fort Worth, Texas where he graduated from L.D. Bell High School with a full ride scholarship to Cisco Junior College to play football. Unaware of the risks of living in dorms, Tony started school without his vaccinations. After going home for winter break, he started feeling unwell. He ended up being diagnosed with bacterial meningitis, which ultimately stopped the blood flow to his hands and feet. This resulted in a quadruple amputation in August of 2009 after spending a year in the hospital. This challenge has not slowed Tony down, literally. When he got his first set of prosthetics, he taught himself to walk through grit and determination for his independence. Now Tony is running and participating in track and field at the USA Paralympic level. Tony is an athlete at heart and continues living his life as such, regardless of being an amputee. He plays wheelchair rugby and uses his competitiveness and football prowess to help him excel in this as well. While his life has changed completely, Tony says “I have kept a great attitude towards life and continue making my strides!” Check out more of his story on our website #ATFTribe #ReDefine #ClassXII
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Athlete Spotlight! Meet Chase Hennings! Born and raised in Texas, Chase is a Texan through and through. He went to Coram Deo Academy through high school and upon graduation, attended North Central Texas College to complete his basics. Chase then transferred to the University of North Texas for his remaining classes and graduated in the Fall of 2016 with a degree in Entrepreneurship. When Chase was three years old he was diagnosed with an autoimmune illness where his immune system attacked itself affecting his joints, resulting in pain and inflammation. While over the years this has gotten under control, it has left him unable to walk and he has had to use a wheelchair for the past ten years. Chase however has not let his situation limit himself. He believes that we all have challenges, regardless of physical ability, but he refuses to allow those challenges to win. He has been able to travel to many places, do many things, and feels blessed by his family and friends to continue to support anything he sets his mind towards. Chase has his real estate license along with an FAA license to fly drones commercially. He is currently using these skills to create his own company built around social media marketing and aerial photography. Check out more of his story on our website #ATFTribe #ReDefine #ClassXII
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