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 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 to 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 USA and Netherlands women’s sitting teams prior to the 2012 London Paralympics.
Triangle Serves was introduced in the Spring of 2014 with the announcement of the Courts 4 Kids mission trip to Costa Rica.
Triangle Serves accomplishments, events, and ongoing projects:
- Sitting Volleyball Open Play-held every second Sunday each month 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.
- 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; a patent application and mass production work is currently underway.
- Southeast Valor Games-Triangle is the official liaison 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.
- 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.
- Courts for Kids Mission Trip-in July 2013 Triangle is partnering with Courts for Kids [C4K] to send a team of 20+ staff and athletes to assist the community of Ciudad Niely, Costa Rica with building an outdoor court. Our team will immerse themselves in the culture for nine days to build the court and teach volleyball with the people in the community.
- Wake County Special Olympics-since 2010 Triangle staff and families have been instrumental in establishing and supporting the Wake County Special Olympics volleyball program.