TriSoldier Project is a 501(c)(3) non-profit that seeks to help disabled veterans regain a semblance of normalcy through participation of sport. TriSoldier is a member of GuideStar. GuideStar provides information on non-profits to potential donors to provide transparency and enable them to make informed decisions with their charitable donations. 100% of your donation goes to the TriSoldier Project and is tax deductible.
We are VERY small, but we try to make a difference by having NO overhead. We have no employees, no advertising budget and no shiny office. Everything we do is done with volunteers. Except for a small amount spent on stamps and phone calls, the donations go directly back to helping disabled veterans get to their goal events.
Why TriSoldier? By Founder and Executive Director Jeff Trout
As a former soldier, I was moved by these and other stories from soldiers that were wounded and injured in Iraq and Afghanistan. One soldier in particular, Ted Wade, a Sergeant from the 82nd Airborne Division, who had lost an arm and suffered traumatic brain injuries made a statement that stuck with me “Sports is, well, integral to the life of most American boys and men, especially soldiers. People don’t know what it’s like to have that taken away from you. I meet so many veterans for whom losing the ability to run and jump…well, they feel as if they may as well not even be living”.
After reading that paragraph, I knew I had to do something. As Captain Rizer put it not long ago, “there are tons of people that put yellow ribbon stickers on the back of their car and say, I support my troops (and usually its a magnet – so it’s not ever permanent), you really put your money where your mouth is.” That is what TriSoldier strives to accomplish, to make a lasting difference.
The numbers of young, athletic individuals who suddenly find themselves disabled – with traumatic brain injury, paralyzed, missing a limb, or blind are unfortunately growing. However, that doesn’t mean they can’t return to their former activity level, and even set a goal of competing in athletics again.
Donating my time and coaching is the easy part. But, I’ve met so many people who don’t know how or where to help and coaches who would gladly donate their time in their local area if asked. So, in April of 2009, Cadence Performance Lab formed the TriSoldier Project. We are working to raise awareness, set up a network of local coaches across the country who will donate their time to helping disabled veterans any way they can and provide grants to disabled athletes to get them to the race. With a little coaching, we hope that these athletes will then become role models and coaches for others whose lives have been forever altered so that we can live our lives in safety.