Some 30 military veterans were among 75 athletes who competed in the 2022 U.S. Paralympics Cycling Open in Huntsville, Alabama. Over the April 8-10 event, co-presenting sponsor Raytheon Technologies and many of its employees turned out to help, as they did last year.
We love seeing Raytheon Technologies’ leadership and team members embrace these races,” said Erin Koshut, an event organizer and executive director of the Cummings Research Park in Huntsville.
The three-day competition attracted top para-cyclists from around the world who are vying for spots in upcoming World Cup races in Europe. And it was another opportunity for Raytheon Technologies to show its support for Huntsville. Rocket City, as it’s known, is the only place in the world where all four Raytheon Technologies businesses have a physical location.
The U.S. Paralympics Cycling Open is an inspiration for the whole family,” Koshut said, “Many of the company’s employees not only brought their spouses and children to cheer on the athletes, but they also volunteered during the race activities.
In support of their local community, employees from across the company, along with their families and friends, pitched in. Most were marshals, keeping the courses clear of debris, traffic and pedestrians in two locations: the time trials and road races took place in Cummings Research Park while the hand-cycle team relays were held around Big Spring Park.
Some Raytheon volunteers formed a corps of nine photographers dedicated to documenting the purpose and spirit of the event. Here are some of the moments they captured.
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