WCMX Extreme Athlete, Tony Torres, gives back with his time and resources to future athletes

Tony Torres’ passion for wheelchair motor cross (WCMX) – and giving kids access to these activities – drives him. Born with spina bifida, when Tony discovered WCMX he immediately knew he wanted to learn the sport. Inspired by the sport’s founder, Aaron “Wheelz” Fotheringham, Tony adapted his first action sports wheelchair and started teaching himself. […]

Dance & Fitness: A Fun Way to Bring People Together while Social Distancing

For the non-disabled community, the COVID-19 pandemic stay-at-home recommendations have been quite a culture shock, especially for those that enjoy fitness and a healthy lifestyle. Losing access to establishments like gyms and fitness centers has caused challenges to staying fit. For many in the disabled community, access to accessible and welcoming gyms and fitness centers […]

On Ice, Rock, or Indoors, Paradox Says Climbing Is for Everyone

Editor’s Note: This year, Wheel:Life is partnering with Paradox Sports, a nonprofit dedicated to adaptive climbing. Throughout 2020, we’re excited to bring you interviews with Paradox ambassadors, adaptive ice climbers, and more. This month, we talked to Paradox development manager Becky Lindstrom about their upcoming climbing trips, educating gyms across the country on adaptive techniques, […]

Jayden Chapman Shares His Pursuit of New Goals Post-Injury

Editor’s Note: As a lover of movement, all aspects of Jayden Chapman’s life included physical activity, from his involvement in sports to the various jobs he held. So when he broke his neck in a car accident eight years ago at the age of 26, he sought out new ways to participate in the activities […]

Chasing Adventure: How These Storytellers Do It and Yoocan Too

Think back to the last time you experienced a little adventure in your life. How did it make you feel? We know from numerous studies that participating in outdoor recreational activities can reduce stress and increase mental and physical well-being. However, due to the necessity of attending to everyday life, it’s easy to push fun-time […]

Creating Opportunities for Inclusive Cycling around the World

Editor’s Note: When Greg Milano started volunteering for an adaptive outdoor recreation group over 20 years ago, he quickly recognized the impact the activities had on people’s lives. That volunteer position evolved into a career path for Milano when he became a manager for an adaptive sea kayaking program in San Francisco. From there, he […]

RISE: Putting the Fun in Functional Fitness for Wheelchair Users

Editor’s Note: When Wheel:Life writer Betsy Bailey overheard her booth neighbors at Abilities Expo San Mateo talking to attendees about wheelchair users working out at their gym, she knew she needed to find out more information to share with our readers. After introducing herself to Reed Snook and Rachel Galaraga, she found out they were […]

Wheelchair Rugby Paralympian Jeff Butler on Tokyo 2020 and Beyond

In 2003, Jeff Butler was on his way home from his middle school football game when the car he was riding in was t-boned. The accident resulted in a broken neck at C5-6 for the 13-year-old and several months at various rehabilitation facilities across the United States. Thanks to a family friend, Butler discovered wheelchair […]

Boy with Spina Bifida Surprised with Custom Handcycle

Editor’s Note: Diagnosed with spina bifida before birth, nine-year-old Charlie Krouse uses a wheelchair for mobility but has full use of his upper body. Earlier this year, Freedom Concepts teamed up with the Tampa Bay Lightning NHL team, two Florida charities (Wheelchairs 4 Kids and Charlie’s Champs), and Pediatric Therapy Services to create a custom […]

Road to Tokyo: Yoocan Storytellers Pursue Paralympic Dreams

With less than a year before the 2020 Summer Paralympic Games, these athletes (who have each shared their stories on Yoocan) have their nose to the grindstone as they fight for the chance to represent their country in Tokyo. Will they realize their dreams of competing alongside the world’s most elite athletes? Keep reading to […]

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