Triangle Serves - Our Mission in Action
Triangle Serves is the umbrella for the numerous service projects Triangle undertakes each year. The primary objective of these efforts is to improve access to sport to those who are disabled, disadvantaged, or otherwise unable to participate in sport.
Triangle’s service to the physically disabled began in 2011 when Triangle established a partnership with Bridge II Sports, a Paralympic sport club located in Durham, NC. This partnership led to the creation and ongoing operation of Triangle’s sitting volleyball open play program which is held monthly on the second Sunday [230-4pm] at Triangle’s facility.
Volleyball for All, Triangle's former service umbrella, was introduced at MAPL Raleigh 2012 to create awareness of the need for sport opportunities for those with physical differences. At MAPL Raleigh, a large indoor juniors’ volleyball tournament, Triangle highlighted Paralympic volleyball [sitting] by hosting Paralympic exhibition matches between the women's sitting teams from Team USA and Team Netherlands prior to the 2012 London Paralympic games.
Triangle Serves was introduced in the Spring of 2014 with the announcement of our first Courts for Kids mission trip to Costa Rica.
Triangle Serves accomplishments, events, and ongoing projects:
- Sitting Volleyball Open Play-held every second Sunday each month [230-4pm] those with physical disabilities join staff, athletes, and family members for an afternoon of fun at Triangle. Regular tournaments as well as open play occur throughout the year.
- Durham VA [Veteran's Affair] Outpatient Recreational Therapy - every first and third Tuesday of the month the veterans from the Durham VA Recreational Therapy group come in to train and play sitting volleyball. In 2018, we expect to host our first competitive, veteran sitting volleyball team.
- Valor Games Southeast-Triangle is the official sport chair for sitting volleyball at the annual ‘Valor Games’ held each May in the Triangle area. The Valor Games is a southeast regional event much like the ‘Wounded Warrior Games’. Triangle is responsible for providing the coaching and instruction for 10+ teams. These teams will include both standing and sitting volleyball players. The athletes themselves will have a range of disabilities including amputation(s), Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder [PTSD], and Traumatic Brain Injury [TBI]. The ‘Games’ are considered to be part of their physical and mental recovery.
- MAPL Raleigh Sitting Volleyball tournament and exhibition - every year Red Hat sponsors a sitting volleyball tournament and adaptive sport exhibition at our premier convention center event.
- Courts for Kids Mission Trip-every other year a team comprised of Triangle staff and student-athletes participate in a mission trip with our Courts for Kids partner. Courts for Kids seeks to transform lives through building courts and cultural exchange. Teams fully immerse themselves in the culture for 8-10 days to build a durable multi-sport court and interact with the people in the community.
- 2014 | Ciudad Neily, Costa Rica - a team of 23 staff and athletes to assist the community of Ciudad Neily, Costa Rica with building an outdoor court.
- 2016 | Guayajayuco, Dominican Republic - a team of 27 staff and athletes went to Guayajayuco on the border of the Dominican Republic and Haiti.
- 2018 | Peru! July 10-19. Details TBD.
- Triangle Cup - Originally introduced in the 2017 season, the “Triangle Cup” is an in-house, club-wide, team-based service and support competition for Triangle student-athletes and their coaching staff. The goal is to create team bonding opportunities through service and support in a friendly competitive environment. Teams will compete in four (4) categories - Triangle SUPPORTS Triangle, SERVICE (both inside and outside of Triangle), LEADERSHIP, and CHARITABLE DONATIONS. The Triangle Cup season typically kicks off at Retreat Day. Athletes are welcomed and encouraged to bring ideas and leadership to Triangle Cup initiatives.
- Special Olympics North Carolina | Wake County-since 2010 Triangle staff and families have been instrumental in establishing and supporting the Wake County Special Olympics volleyball program.
- Speaking Engagements-Triangle’s Assistant Director, Jenna Hinton, was invited by the U.S. Olympic Committee to speak at the 2013 Paralympic Leadership Conference on the benefits of a collaborative approach on a local and national level to addressing adaptive sports. Jenna was also a panelist and exhibitor at the 2013 NC Rehabilitation Association & NC Assistive Technology Program ‘Discovering our Treasures’ conference.
- Adaptive Sports Camps-Triangle holds multiple times each year Adaptive Sports Camps where both able-bodied and disabled play and compete together in adaptive sport play. The important feature of these camps is the fusion between the participants where the focus is on the similarities they share rather than the physical differences.
- AND MORE! Triangle supports the following area organizations by providing gym access and staff support
- Durham VA [Veteran's Affair] Outpatient Recreational Therapy - we provide regular weekly access to our gym for other recreational therapy activities such as goal ball, bocce, shuffle board, and more.
- Gigi's Playhouse - offers direct educational, therapeutic and career building programs to individuals with Down syndrome, their families, and the community.
- The “Striker”-Triangle, along with Bridge II Sports, submitted a project proposal to Duke University’s Department of Biomedical Engineering to design, produce, and put into service a chair to assist physically disabled with support and movement on the floor. The ‘Striker’ was unveiled in December 2012 and is still used today in our gym to help athletes participate in sitting volleyball.
- Numerous fundraising tournament events are held at Triangle
- Rally-4-Ryley - a benefit for former Triangle player, Ryley Hopper, who suffered a paralyzing spinal cord injury
- Heels for Healing - a benefit for UNC Children's Hospital