Success Stories

Nate DeWalt

 
 

Nathan enlisted in the U.S. Navy in July 2006 as a Master at Arms.  Following basic training, he attended Law Enforcement/Master-at-Arms (LE/MA) School at Naval Technical Training Center (NTTC), Lackland Air Force Base, San Antonio. During his tour at Naval Weapons Station (NWS) in Earle, N.J. Nathan worked in harbor security, base patrol, and Anti-Terrorism Force Protection (ATFP). He also earned a position on Earle’s Rapid Response Team, eventually leading to a Protective Services Detachment billet destined for Afghanistan.  The Navy gave Nathan many life experiences, but most of all prepared him mentally for a traumatic accident that would leave him paralyzed from the chest down, and forcing him to medically retire in 2011.

Nathan was first introduced to Ride 2 Recovery (R2R) in the fall of 2008, when he participated in the Great Lakes Challenge.  Nathan has been a mentor for the program since nearly its’ infancy to present day, transitioning from rider to staff.  He has been fortunate in that he has been surrounded by the Project Hero family and hopes, “to be able to spread the word as much as possible about this amazing organization”.

Nathan DeWalt earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in entrepreneurship from Forbes School of Business at Ashford University in 2014, and has a passion for business and is intrigued by innovation. Nathan has dedicated the last 9 years to investing, cycling, and competing.

Nathan began to compete in sports, and more specifically, paracycling in 2009.  He soon found interest in the sport of Paratriathlon, which has landed him 4 World Paratriathlon Championships (WCH) with Team USA, and many top five finishes at various Paratriathlon World Cups (PWC).  In addition to these achievements, Nathan is also a 3-time gold medalist at the 2017 Invictus Games.  Along with the tenacity to race, Nathan has also received a Navy and Marine Corps achievement medal during his time in service, and a Certified Adaptive Recreational and Sports Specialist (CARSS) certification from the University of Central Oklahoma.

 

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