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 accessibility to sport.
Triangle’s service to individuals with physical disability 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 [dates/times are listed below] available 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 disability. 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:
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 ‘Invictus Games’. Triangle is responsible for providing the coaching and instruction for 6 teams and over 80 competitive athletes. The athletes themselves include Amputees, individuals with Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder [PTSD], and individuals with Traumatic Brain Injury [TBI]. The ‘Games’ are part of their physical and mental recovery.
Gigi's Playhouse – This community partner offers direct educational, therapeutic and career building programs to individuals with Down syndrome, their families, and the community. In 2018, Triangle established our partnership and began providing volleyball and fitness training to both adults and youth with Down’s Syndrome. In the fall of 2018, Triangle will participate in a pilot intern program with Gigi’s Playhouse and sponsor our first special-needs adult intern.
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, including hosting the 2018 Special Olympics Summer Games volleyball events at Triangle's facility.
AND MORE! Triangle supports the following area organizations by providing gym access and staff support
- 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.
- Special Fundraising Efforts - numerous events are held at Triangle to benefit those in need
- 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 held in 2017
- Puerto Rico 4v4 - a benefit to bring Borinquen Coqui 16F to the City of Oaks Challenge tournament after the devasting hurricanes in Fall 2017
- 4v4 "Madness" - A Make-A-Wish Benefit for Madelyn Wilson (current athlete)
- NiaStrong 4v4 to benefit the spinal cord injury recovery of Nia Kearney '18.
- 2023 Holiday Food Drive to benefit the Food Bank of Central and Eastern North Carolina garnered 3000 lbs of food and over $2000 in cash contributions to help families experiencing food insecurity.