Athlete Spotlight – Angela Everett: Empathic and Gracious
January 14, 2022 | Story by Megan Trexler | Commander, Navy Installations Command
WASHINGTON – QMC (Ret.) Angela Everett joined the U.S. Navy in November 2000. Everette said, “I joined the Navy because I wanted to fulfill one of the missions my grandmother had for me. She wanted me to be of service to people… I wanted that for myself, too.”
Everett shared that she chose the Navy for its humanitarian efforts. During her over 19 years on active duty, Everett supervised personnel in a dynamic war-fighting environment and successfully completed eight deployments.
After joining the Navy Wounded Warrior family, Everett started participating in adaptive sports. During her first Navy Wounded Warrior adaptive sports camp, Everett said, “I had mixed feelings. Being engaged with sports normally calms me. But also, I was guarded because of my chronic PTSD and anxiety.” Everett shared that once she was able to understand the program and talked with the Adaptive Sports staff, she realized that she “just needed to get out of her own way.”
Everett’s advice for someone going through a challenging time is, "The most important person in the world is you. Everyone has a personal journey and will learn something important in the process, so trust the process and keep pressing forward to victory." Everette said that she openly shares her testimony to help break the stigma of mental health challenges.
The veteran Team Navy athlete was slated to compete in cycling, field indoor rowing, powerlifting, and track during the 2021 Department of Defense (DoD) Warrior Games.
Navy Wounded Warrior is the Navy’s sole organization for coordinating the non-medical care of seriously wounded, ill and injured Sailors and Coast Guardsmen and providing resources and support to their families.
The Warrior Games are a Paralympic-style competition among more than 200 wounded, ill and injured service members from all branches of the U.S. military, as well as from international armed forces. The 2021 Department of Defense Warrior Games would have been hosted at Disney’s ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex in Orlando, Florida from September 12-22, 2021. The invitation-only event was going to feature 12 sports: archery, cycling, field, golf, indoor rowing, powerlifting, shooting (precision air), sitting volleyball, swimming, track, wheelchair basketball and wheelchair rugby. The 2021 DoD Warrior Games were canceled due to ensure the safety, health and well-being of our service members and local communities as the COVID-19 Delta variant continues to affect the country.