THE MISSION:

Veteran Empowerment Through Motorsports (dba VETMotorsports) is an award winning program founded in 2012 by Pete Cline. Since that time, VETMotorsports has become a national, non-clinical outreach program that relies on community-based settings to help facilitate our engagement programming. By the end of 2017, VETMotorsports had assisted over 180 active military, injured warfighters and family members/caregivers participate in 80 motorcycle and auto racing events across the United States.

The VETMotorsports program provides its participants with actual hands-on experience and immersion in a unique format, engaging our participants over a sustained period of time and providing access to real-time activities and leadership roles in a high-stress motor sports environment. These events help empower our participants, providing the same adrenaline rush and sense of vitality and teamwork felt in active duty. They engage, participate, and contribute in events that focus on ability and moving forward rather than disability and the past.

Our program is successful because it provides participants and their families a unique wellness activity focused on developing resiliency in mind, body, and engagement; exhibit empowerment; enhanced mental health; and are provided opportunities in leadership and peer mentoring. The program connects participants with their peers and engages the local community about veteran empowerment and value.

2017 Accomplishments

  • Expanded our veterans group and transition based organization network.

  • Developed a strategic partnership with the Sports Car Club of America.

  • Increased opportunities in the four-wheel market space.

  • Increased donorship and sustainability opportunities.

  • Increased board member commitment with our Strategic Plan.

  • Drew attention to and make an impact on the current veteran suicide rate of 22 veterans a day.

2016 Accomplishments

  • Continued to network with the veterans groups and transition based organizations.

  • Continued strategic alliance with Triumph Motorcycles North America and Castrol Moto.

  • Increased opportunities in the four-wheel marketspace.

  • Increased donorship and sustainability opportunities.

  • Created alliances and collaborations to increase brand recognition.

  • Increased board member commitment.

  • Drew attention to and make an impact on the current veteran suicide rate of 22 veterans a day.

2015 Accomplishments

  • Continued to network with the veterans groups and transition based organizations.

  • Completed an independent fiscal audit.

  • Created a tiered participant structure.

  • Engaged in 124 injured warfighters in 49 motorcycle and auto racing events across the United States.

  • Continued to launch national fundraising initiatives to maintain sustainability.

  • Raised awareness of injured warfighter value and empowered the local veteran community.

  • Draw attention to and make an impact on the current veteran suicide rate of 22 veterans a day.

2014 Accomplishments

  • Provided more unique wellness activates nation wide.

  • Continued to build our trust and relationships within the local veteran community.

  • Ensured the continued improvement of our programs by distrubuting post-event evaluations.

  • Developed and courage the continued improvement for veteran mental and physical health by providing programming with hands-on engagement.

  • Collaborated with partners to develop and implement a well-run, financially successful, and sustainable organization.

  • Continued to ensure that events are held in locations and facilities that provide an optimum balance between the needs of the veterans, those attending, and the event sponsors.