Sean O'Grady via Crowdrise
December 28, 2011
BENEFITING: ACCESSPORTAMERICA INC
ORGANIZER: ACCESSPORTAMERICA INC
EVENT: 2012 Boston Marathon
EVENT DATE: Apr 16, 2012
I did my first marathon in 2008. Following my first Chicago Marathon adventure, I had the opportunity to celebrate my 40th by returning to my hometown and running the 40th NYC Marathon in 2009. In 2010, the heat in Chicago impeded my goal to qualify for Boston. I returned in 2011 to the Chicago field, and with the help of the Hansen Brothers training program, the exception support of family and friends, and somewhat favorable weather conditions, I finally achieved a qualifying time for Boston. And of course, the field was closed for 2012. So, I have partnered with Access Sport America to support their mission of inclusion for people with disabilities - and my lifelong dream to run Boston in 2012.
ACCESSPORTAMERICA INC wrote -
AccesSportAmerica, a national, non-profit founded in 1995, inspries higher function and fitness for children and adults of all disabilities through high-challenge sports and training.
AccesSportAmerica was founded by Executive Director Ross Lilley in 1995. At the time, Rev. Ross Lilley was the Minster at the South Acton Congregational Church in Acton, Massachusetts. Ross left his position in the summer of 2001 to devote his efforts full-time to AccesSportAmerica.
Prior to founding AccesSportAmerica, Ross had been adapting and teaching windsurfing for people with disabilities since 1984. A pioneer in adaptive equipment and training techniques, Ross serves as chief instructor and inventor for AccesSportAmerica so that windsurfing and other high-challenge water sports are possible for children and adults living with disabilities. AccesSportAmerica was the first to adapt the sport of windsurfing in the United States.
AccesSportAmerica first came to national attention when The Boston Globe reported on Ross and his son, Joshua born in 1985 with cerebral palsy and quadriplegia, windsurfing off the coast of Cape Cod. National coverage on ABC Good Morning America with Medical Editor Dr. Tim Johnson and in major windsurfing magazines soon followed.