From surfing to rock climbing, nothing is off limits to UCP program participants. As part of the recreation program, individuals took part in the Life Rolls on Surfing Event on July 23rd.
Held at Rockaway beach, Life Rolls On empowers people with mobility issues to experience the freedom of mobility by riding a wave with adaptive equipment and volunteer support.
This program has the unique ability to engage and bridge the able-bodied and disabled communities, as they collaborate to push the bounds of possibility for those with a disability.
With options of a boogie board, a wave ski and a lay-down paddleboard, there was a way for each individual to adapt to their needs and enjoy their time in the water.
Watch a brief news segment from the day here.
This was the 3rd year that individuals from UCP of NYC got to experience surfing. In recent years, athletes from UCP of NYC have also participated in adaptive Skiing, Rock Climbing, SCUBA Diving, Glider Plane Flying, Rowing and Ballroom Dancing.
The Life Rolls On foundation also aims to shift negative stereotypes of the paralysis community, as the public is able to learn, through watching or by participating in this program, what is truly possible beyond paralysis. Founded by world champion quadriplegic surfer Jesse Billauer, Life Rolls On is dedicated to improving the quality of life for young people affected by spinal cord injury. Believing that adaptive surfing and skating could inspire infinite possibilities beyond paralysis, Life Rolls On began in 2001 and now touches the lives of hundreds of thousands.