A little off-roading never hurt anyone
Get Out, Enjoy Life 2013
It's Get Out, Enjoy Life's third year and we're doing it extreme
Summer is passing in epic fashion and many of you have already embarked on extreme adventures. Our former SPORTS’N SPOKES Junior Athlete of the Year winner, Ryan Chalmers, just completed pushing his race chair across America. In turn, and just as impressively, Gabriel Cordell is finishing up his push to New York City in his daily chair, and our friend and Paralympic medalist Angela Madsen attempted to cross the Pacific in nothing more than a row boat.
So what better way to celebrate summer than in extreme fashion? It’s time for the Get Out, Enjoy Life 2013 contest with SPORTS ’N SPOKES, Life After Spinal Cord Injury (LASCI), and our newest partner, Wheel:Life. Three sponsors. Triple the chances of winning. Extreme!
In 2011, we introduced you to the idea of exploring your world and sharing those experiences with us by submitting your outdoor sporting or recreation pictures. And share you did. Just check out this year’s promotional video we put together of you getting out and enjoying life.
Here's a unique way of seeing under the ocean.
Oh yeah, we also handed out some really cool prizes, put the winner on our September 2012 cover, and gave out a brand-new race chair courtesy of Top End.
Well, now’s your chance to get in on the action during the Get Out, Enjoy Life 2013 contest. Join SPORTS ’N SPOKES, Wheel:Life, and LASCI starting July 15 as we highlight the many accessible destinations across the country and beyond.
Last year we expanded the contest to our Canadian and European friends, and rightfully so, as Canada is home to one of the most extreme guys we’ve ever met. You may have seen photos of Lonnie Bissonnette base jumping from the New River Gorge Bridge in his wheelchair during Bridge Day 2012. If you’re not in the know about this extreme guy, check out the S’NS Spokesclusive we did with him last year.
So, get packed and be sure to check in daily on the S’NS, Wheel:Life, and LASCI Facebook pages for a chance to win daily. Don’t forget to bring the camera and send us those outdoor and recreational pictures. You could win big! Just can't wait? Submit your photos here.
About The Program:
Each day beginning July 15, you’ll find an accessible outdoor opportunity listed on the S’NS, Wheel:Life, and LASCI Facebook pages. And, the best part is, when you comment on the postings, you’ll automatically be entered to win a prize associated with that event, program, or location. It could be a free pass to a park, tickets to a sports event, travel guides or accessories, or any number of exciting gifts!
If you’re not already following us, click on the links to “LIKE” our Facebook pages, and you’ll be ready to roll! Remember, to be eligible to win the daily prizes you MUST COMMENT on the posts of places and programs we mention. Winners will be selected for each post each day after comments are reviewed.
The Get Out, Enjoy Life Family Snaps photo contest. We want to see the places you visit and the sports and recreational activities you enjoy. At the end of the contest - July 28 - three grand-prize winners will be selected from those who share pictures of themselves getting out and enjoying life this summer. Pictures can be posted using this simple form.
Three winners total will receive a Get Out, Enjoy Life Prize Pack that includes an S’NS T-shirt, luggage tag, and carabiner all conveniently packaged into a Hollister fanny pack. First-place winner will win a brand-new TopEnd handcycle courtesy of Invacare as well as the opportunity to have their winning photo make the September 2013 cover*. In addition, winning photos may be included in various S’NS, Wheel:Life, LASCI, and sponsor presentations, both online and print.
This year we decided to reward the individual who participates most during the contest. This could include most comments to our daily destinations up to the most photos submitted. It's our way of saying thanks, and a great way for you to increase your chances of winning one of the top-three prizes.
About our Friends at Wheel:Life:
Wheel:Life is a global initiative that assists people in addressing the many questions and challenges that come with using a wheelchair. Wheel:Life resources help people find quality health and medical resources, and related research and news, as well as networking within peer support groups and enjoying a full and active life as a wheelchair user. Visit us at www.wheel-life.org.
About our Friends at LASCI:
LASCI founder Bert Burns is a C7 quadriplegic who first read S’NS in his early days of recovery after a life-changing car accident. “Every month as I was in rehab, I would go through the pages of SPORTS ’N SPOKES, amazed by the athletes they featured and hoping I could be one, too,” Burns says.
In 10 brief years following the accident, Burns made his own amazing advances as a recreational therapist for the Shepherd Center and in a lengthy career as a wheelchair racer. From 1991 to 1992, Burns was featured in 15 consecutive issues of SPORTS ’N SPOKES as his results from international wheelchair racing competitions hit the newswires. Burns competed as a wheelchair athlete on a global scale for 15 years, winning many gold medals in international events over the years, including one in a 4x400 relay at the 1992 Paralympics.
Burns formally began Life After Spinal Cord Injury as an outreach program in 2010 after more than 20 years of working with peer groups and the SCI community. It’s a motivational program that takes place in rehabilitation hospitals and other locations, to assist disabled youth and adults who have recently learned they will be permanently using a wheelchair.
As part of the program, Burns travels five to six times a month and answers questions during the programs regarding dating, marriage, sports, jobs, and more. “They’re basic topics, but they’re the kinds of things you don’t even think about until your life is changed forever,” he says.
Life After Spinal Cord Injury is sponsored by UroMed, one of the largest urology medical supply companies in the country. Burns is also the founder, having started the company more than 15 years ago with the hope of making a difference in the level of urological care provided to people with neurogenic bladder, spinal-cord injury, spina bifida or multiple sclerosis.