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What is Team Fuse?
Team Fuse is the awareness arm of Athletes Joined Against Spondylitis (AJAS), a non-profit entity based in Cincinnati Ohio. Specifically, it is a competition paintball team captained by AJAS founder, Brian Warner.
A little about Ankylosing Spondylitis (AS) — AS is a systemic autoimmune disease, is a type of arthritis that affects the joints between the vertebrae of the spine, especially those found in the lower back. AS causes inflammation in the areas where tendons or ligaments attach to bone, which then makes the vertebrae merge — or fuse — together. Gradually, the disease moves up, affecting joints
higher and higher on the spine. Besides the joints, the bowels, lungs, heart and eyes can also be affected. Two-thirds of all patients, such as the entertainer Ed Sullivan, end up with a curved, forward-stooping posture.
Team Fuse has been charged with raising awareness of AS, specifically though paintball. Specifically, we to increase the awareness of ankylosing spondylitis by:
Promoting AS awareness through banners, uniforms, appearances and pamphlets in a new, quickly growing market that is covered by
Four prime-time cable television stations (Spike TV, Fox Sports, ESPN 2, and Versus (formerly known as the Outdoor Life Network)
National trade publications
Over 2,000 commercial, team and independent Web sites
Live National Professional Paintball League sporting events attended by audiences of more than 100,000 people;
Becoming a model for athletes with a disability by competing in NPPL and PSP national events each year;
Chronicling the team’s quest for the national title on paintball Web sites;
Raising awareness, support and contributions for AS research and treatment through extreme sports, including paintball through multiple channels of information: Web, print, television, radio;
Giving the disabled and underprivileged a role in our sport and creating opportunities for them to enjoy the game at whatever levels their abilities will allow.
While the genesis of this project is paintball, its scope is not limited to this one sport. AS patients are predominantly young men; extreme athletes are predominantly young men. Paintball is the third largest “extreme” sport in terms of revenue, behind only skateboarding and in-line skating, and is the only sport of its kind that promotes a teamwork environment, which is why it is appealing as the launch point for AJAS. In recent years paintball’s popularity and growth has attracted prime-time television coverage from Fox Sports, ESPN and more, as well as team and event coverage from numerous trade publications and Web sites.
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