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Mark – What adaptive sports interest you?

Mark – What adaptive sports interest you?

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I was fortunate that about six months after my injury, that in the city of Philadelphia, there was a program called Rec Day.  It gave people with disabilities an opportunity to go try different things.  So, I went down, I jumped on a hand c... Show More

I was fortunate that about six months after my injury, that in the city of Philadelphia, there was a program called Rec Day.  It gave people with disabilities an opportunity to go try different things.  So, I went down, I jumped on a hand cycle.  I had a very experienced person help me get started, and I loved it.  I was hooked, and a month after that, I found a way through people’s support to buy a hand cycle.  It was great.  It helped to build my confidence, it gave me the ability to improve my transfers, and build my strength up.  I think what I loved most about hand cycling as well is it gave me an opportunity to get out of the chair and fly.  When you go one speed all day every day, well that was pretty awesome.  Later, I was able to take the strength that I had built up through hand cycling, and begin playing wheelchair tennis.  I’d always played tennis before my injury, so this was a chance to pick up the game I loved, just in a different way.  

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Mark – What adaptive sports interest you?

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Injured in 1996 at age 28, paraplegic
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I was fortunate that about six months after my injury, that in the city of Philadelphia, there was a program called Rec Day.  It gave people with disabilities an opportunity to go try different things.  So, I went down, I jumped on a hand cycle.  I had a very experienced person help me get started, and I loved it.  I was hooked, and a month after that, I found a way through people’s support to buy a hand cycle.  It was great.  It helped to build my confidence, it gave me the ability to improve my transfers, and build my strength up.  I think what I loved most about hand cycling as well is it gave me an opportunity to get out of the chair and fly.  When you go one speed all day every day, well that was pretty awesome.  Later, I was able to take the strength that I had built up through hand cycling, and begin playing wheelchair tennis.  I’d always played tennis before my injury, so this was a chance to pick up the game I loved, just in a different way.  

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