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Best Moments in Life
Christopher Di Virgilio

One Wyoming women captures the spirit of living life with a disability and lands this year's Get Out, Enjoy Life top spot


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Day on the Lake

From the SNS Video Series, we head out to Bartlett Lake in Carefree, Ariz., for the 21st Annual Day on the Lake.

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Twelve signs you're not drinking enough water



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:: SPOKE OF THE WEEK ::
Photo of the week

This year's Get Out, Enjoy Life third-place winner is New York resident Ismael Arenas and his Columbian ATV photo. 

September 2009 Table of Contents

The Magic of Memories

Although it almost didn't happen, this annual junior competition turned into a successful venture and showed off some of the nation's best young talent.

Rain on the Parade

The race was supposed to be the toughest and most competitive in history. According to most participants, it delivered as promisedand then some.

Road to Redemption

Hundreds of people from all walks of life attend the National Veterans Wheelchair Games. The competition is intense, and the athletes come away with medals of all colors. But often it's the journey to and from the Games that's most impactful.

Paving the Path to Discovery

A unique event informs, educates, and motivates people to try new devices and activities they may not have thought possible.

Paris Calling

Young athletes enjoyed great competitive action with a good dose of international flavor and spirit.

Also in this issue:

In My Opinion

From the January 1991 Sports 'N Spokes, Cliff Crase talks wheelchair sports and the need for volunteer reporters.

Sailing

Sailors from the United States, Israel, Ireland, Canada, and Antigua compete in 2009 North American Challenge Cup at Chicago Yacht Club's Belmont Station.

Billiards

Aaron Aragon and Jon Pakiser are winners in Rocky Mountain Shootout, while Charlie Hans and Barry McQuillen take NWPA U.S. Open 8-Ball Championship top spots.

Racing

Survivor Harbor 7 race director: "Our goal with this race was to get people to realize that being engaged in activity improves the mind, body, and spirit."

Basketball

Rules of Twin Basketball allow people with functional limitations in their arms and hands to enjoy the basketball experience. Also: Basketball tournaments are looking for teams to sign up and winners of the 2009 NWBA Spirit Award.

Scorecard

BlazeSports America hosts U.S. Boccia National Championships. Also: Thunder in the Valley Games draws a record 74 participants, plus weightlifting and quad rubgy news.

Fishing

South Dakota firefighters and paralyzed veterans gather for fishing fun. Also: Cal-Diego PVA holds fourth annual One-Day Salt Water Fishing Trip.

Juniors

Eighteen U.S. junior athletes enjoy experience of International Wheelchair and Amputee Sports Games event in Switzerland.

Health & Fitness

Lowering salt intake will mean a more healthy you!

Players

After 16 successful years with the U.S. Adaptive Cross Country Ski Team, Bob Balk retires. Also: Mike Dempsey, a medal-winning table-tennis player who was chosen by fellow athletes to carry the flag at the 2000 Paralympic Games, passes away.

Playbook

Winner of 12 Paralympic gold medals, Sarah Will is inducted into the U.S. Olympic Hall of Fame, Class of 2009. Also: Wheelchair ballroom and Latin dancing offered at no cost to participants at Sharp Grossmont Hospital in San Diego.

Timeout

Tammy Wilber discovers an adaption for manual wheelchairs that allows her to get off the beaten path.



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