Joelton, Tenn. (March 2, 2017) – Thanks to the national nonprofit Hope For The Warriors, and its Team Hope For The Warriors program, Joelton-based Army veteran Staff Sargent Will Himes recently received a donation of a Trek Speed Concept 7.5 bicycle that will assist in his training to compete in his first ironman.
The time trial bicycle, valued at more than $6,650, is designed to be used in triathlons to cut through the wind and air to obtain faster speeds.
Team Hope For The Warriors, one of the Hope For The Warriors’ Sports and Recreation programs, provides athletes of all abilities the opportunity to engage their competitive spirit at endurance events. Warrior Team members are provided adaptive equipment and race support to ensure that they are defined by their achievements rather than by their injuries, supporting their rehabilitation and mental health, while re-engaging competitive spirts.
Himes, injured while deployed in 2008, didn’t want those injuries to keep him from his once-active lifestyle. The father of two started with a goal of completing a 5K and in just three years progressed to competing in half marathons and most recently, three triathlons in 2016. His new goal is to compete in his first ironman with the assistance of his new specialized bicycle.
“Hope For The Warriors has great programs that assist military members and their families and I’m extremely appreciative for the organization’s support,” said Himes. “Through Team Hope For The Warriors, I hope to be an inspiration to other injured military members by demonstrating how a veteran does not have to be defined by their disability. Just like in the military, all you have to do is improvise, adapt and overcome!”
Himes joined the Army in 1997. In 2001, the veteran was awarded a Green to Gold Scholarship to Ohio State University. After graduating in 2005, he served as a 2nd Lieutenant military police officer for two years, then he resigned his commission and re-entered active-duty as an infantryman. During a 2008 deployment to Iraq, Himes was involved in an IED blast resulting in injuries.
After 16 years of service and multiple surgical attempts to repair and rehabilitate after his injuries, Himes retired from the U.S. Army in 2013 with his last post being held as a drill sergeant.
“Sports and recreation are a part of the warrior culture, “said Robin Kelleher, co-founder and president of Hope For The Warriors. “Despite Sgt. Himes injuries, he still has a desire to push the limits of his physical fitness, while being part of something bigger than himself. Hope For The Warriors is excited to assist him with tools such as a specialized bicycle, training and support so he can achieve his goals.”
Celebrating more than a decade of service, Hope For The Warriors assists veterans, service members and military families with a variety of programming including clinical health and wellness, sports and recreation, community and military relations and transition services.