Rico is a Portland, OR native. In March 2001, he enlisted in the U.S. Army and served on a peace keeping mission in Kosovo and later deployed on 3 combat tours in Iraq. On 22 August 2009, Rico was injured by an IED blast. The blast injured both of his leg and ultimately lead to the amputation of his left leg above the knee.
Rico was first introduced to CAF at the Center for the Intrepid “Mini- Try”. In October of that year, Rico participated in CAF’s San Diego Triathlon Challenge. In addition to triathlon, CAF Operation Rebound provided Rico support for his first set of sled hockey equipment.
Today, Rico is a member of the 2014 Gold Medal Winning U.S. Paralympic Sled Hockey Team.
“CAF gave me the support that I needed to make the team.”- Rico Roman
CAF helped Rico reach the pinnacle in his sport. Your generosity and support continues to give Rico the opportunity to excel in life through sports and inspire others to do the same.
How Does Operation Rebound Help?
Operation Rebound provides unparalleled sports opportunities and support to our troops and veterans of any branch of service and first responders who have served honorably and have suffered permanent physical injuries. Grants are awarded for event travel, lodging, entry fees, training and equipment.
How Can You Help?
Make a tax-deductible contribution to Challenged Athletes, Inc., (dba Challenged Athletes Foundation) a non-profit 501 (C) (3) organization. To make a donation, please call (858) 866-0959, send a check to the address listed below, or make a secure payment through our website: www.challengedathletes.org.