Eric McElvenny has athleticism, determination and passion engrained in his pedigree. Eric excelled in both baseball and football throughout high school and went on to major in Mechanical Engineering at the U.S Naval Academy. He carried on his love for sports as a member of the Naval Academy Rugby team.
Following graduation and Marine Corps training, Eric deployed three times to the Middle East. On this third deployment to Afghanistan, Eric was working with Afghan soldiers and stepped on an IED in December 2011, suffering the loss of his right leg below the knee in the explosion. It was difficult for Eric to leave his fellow marines behind and return early from deployment, but after a few months of physical therapy, Eric is back in action – this time in the world of triathlon.
With the support of the Challenged Athletes Foundation’s Operation Rebound program, Eric raced in his first two triathlons just 6 months after taking his first post-injury steps. Eric hopes to “inspire and motivate others, disabled or able bodied, athletes or non, to get out there, be active, accomplish goals, overcome adversities, build confidence and enjoy life”.
“I hope to give back to others as much as Operation Rebound has given to me.” –Eric McElvenny
The generosity of supporters like you has given Eric the opportunity.