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In 2017, Adaptive Adventures- Chicago is making dragonboat racing one of our primary focus areas for growth in Veterans programming. With a new club partnership and training location, we're focused on ease of access and exposure in the center of Chicago. Team Blue Chicago will expand on events in collaboration with local adaptive sports groups, veterans organizations, and rehabilitation hospitals. 

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Adaptive Adventures has been chosen again as the primary charity for the Chicago International Dragon Boat Festival and was the charity of chocice at GWN National Championships in 2015! Adaptive Adventures has developed the first ever Veterans Category at the 2015 Nationals Club Championships. 

In Chicago we will continue to support and strengthen national finalist Veteran teams this 2016 season.

Adaptive Adventures Wounded Warrior Alumni Team (Competitive Wounded Veterans team that have served post 9/11 with a physical disability) 

United States Veterans Administration Team (Competitive veterans team of all era's with a physical disability) 

For those interested in competing within a competitive vs recreational focused team, we will lhave fitness and performance standards in place for the 2016 teams. 

Head Coach- Greater Chicago Dragon Boat Club

Assistant Coach- Greg Zbrzezny

Veteran Captain-  David Thompson


May 7-8 Orientation Clinic and Additional Training Dates: (4 week training phases noted)





Chicago International Dragon Boat Festival- Arlington Heights, IL July 30  

Lake Superior Dragon Boat Festival – Duluth, MN  August 22-23    


Mile High Dragon Boat Festival– Denver, Co July 30-31

Wallgreens Colorado Springs Internaitonal Dragon Boat Festival- Colorado Springs, Co August 27


Rose Dragonboat Festival- Las Vegas October 8-9 (based on team qualification and fundraising)


If you are interested in joining one of our IL Veterans Dragon Boat Teams, Please click to apply here or contact National Dragonboat Director.