SPORTS ‘N SPOKES (S’NS), the sports and recreation magazine of the Paralyzed Veterans of America, has teamed up with UroMed’s nonprofit program Life After Spinal Cord Injury (LASCI), and the online community Wheel:Life, to encourage people with disabilities to “Get Out & Enjoy Life This Summer”. Beginning July 15, S’NS, Wheel:Life, and LASCI social media sites will feature a state-by-state listing of accessible vacation spots, outdoors programs, and other events.
This year’s GOEL theme centers on Extreme Sports, and the program will spotlight activities like wheelchair rugby, accessible amusement parks, assistive scuba diving, and other unique outings.
View the full program details at this link.
According to the National Spinal Cord Injury Statistical Center, nearly 265,000 Americans are living with spinal cord injury today. Most (81%) are male, and about half the injuries (56%) occur in people who are ages 16 to 30. Less than 1% of people with spinal-cord injuries (SCI) experience full recovery. The Get Out, Enjoy Life event is meant to encourage people who use wheelchairs to pursue a full and active life after their injury or diagnosis.
“As a quadriplegic, I understand the role that personal independence combined with community support plays in achieving a full, successful life after spinal-cord injury,” LASCI founder Bert Burns says. “The best part of this program is that we are encouraging SCI survivors to get out and enjoy life while giving them a list of ways they can do so more easily. Having a place to start makes all the difference when moving beyond a life-changing injury.”
GOEL 2013 Extreme: How To Play
From July 15 to July 28, 2013, the S’NS, Wheel:Life and LASCI Facebook groups will share links to each of the featured accessible programs, places, and events, spotlighting one per day on each social media page. Viewers can comment on the posts to be eligible to win daily prizes that include a sports backpack courtesy of Hollister Incorporated.
Participants also may submit photos of related family vacations and weekend outings to be considered for one of four Grand Prizes. Photos do not need to be of extreme sports in order to qualify.
Winners from the related photo contest will receive the Get Out, Enjoy Life Prize Pack and the grand prizes listed below. SUBMIT YOUR PHOTOS at this link.
- The first place winner will receive a brand new Invacare Top End Excelerator stock hand cycle courtesy of Top End and other prizes.
- The second place winner will receive a set of Morph Wheels courtesy of Maddak, Inc. and other prizes.
- The third place winner will receive a $200 gift certificate courtesy of At Home Medical supply company and other prizes.
- A Participation Award will be designated for a fourth prize winner that includes a free accessible van rental for one week, courtesy of AMS Vans and other prizes.
Contest details and official rules viewable at this link.
Play Along Via Facebook
View our promo video featuring prior photo entries.
Event sponsors include:
Invacare Top End
At Home Medical