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January Chapter Luncheon - David Vobora, Former NFL Player Empowering Injured Veterans
   
**NEW Location: La Cima Club** Today, Vobora runs the Adaptive Training Foundation (ATF), a non-profit organization that empowers military amputees, paraplegics, quadriplegics and with other physically impairments through "sweat and psychology."

 

***UPDATE:  New Location. We have moved the lunch to the La Cima Club in Las Colinas to expand access to other alumni.***

David Vobora, from a long line of Marines, found his way to empower military veterans  - amputees, paraplegics, quadriplegics, physically impaired  - back to a full life. He knows a little something about commitment, pain and suffering as a former NFL football player with his fair share of injuries and an opiate addiction that almost destroyed him.

Vobora was drafted by the Rams with the 252nd and final pick of the 2008 NFL draft -- was a rookie starter at linebacker in St. Louis before eventually landing in Seattle. After four seasons and several devastating shoulder injuries and head trauma, he turned to painkillers. His addiction landed him in rehab where he found the strength to crawl his way out.

August 2013, he and his wife Sarah moved to Dallas, where he eventually opened a for-profit gym for elite athletes, Performance Vault. He began training offseason NFL players, NFL combine hopefuls and Olympians.

Within six months, he met U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Travis Mills, one of five surviving quadruple amputees from the Iraq and Afghanistan wars. Mills changed Vobora’s life. As soon as he saw Mills, Vobora walked up to him and asked, "When is the last time you worked out?" He challenged Mills to come to the gym with him. Soon, Vobora was spending hours researching ways to strengthen Mills' body and give him confidence. This was only the beginning. Mills invited a fellow injured veteran to the gym, and the group soon grew to more than a dozen adaptive athletes.

September 2014, he had founded the Adaptive Training Foundation, which now has an extensive waiting list and selects 10 athletes for each class through an application process. For nine weeks, the group trains for free; each athlete is assigned a volunteer trainer who helps design workouts specific to that athlete's body.

Reflecting, Vobora says if he had not played football he would've been a Marine. His great-grandfather, grandfather and uncle were all Marines; his grandfather served 31 years in the Marine Corps and fought in three wars. Vobora has always respected the bonds formed by those in the military, and now he's helping civilians and injured veterans re-create that bond in a setting in which they feel like they belong.

La Cima Club
5215 Norther O'Connor Blvd
The Tower at Williams Square, Suite 2600
Irving, TX  75039
11:30 - 12:30p


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Event Information
EVENT DATE:
Tuesday, Jan 17 2017 at 11:30am - 12:30pm [ iCal ]
LOCATION:
La Cima Club
5215 North O'Connor Blvd. The Tower at Williams Square, Suite 2600
Irving, TX 75039

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