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Kurt is riding to raise awareness & support for two diverse groups: KID FITNESS - RAISING THE ALARM TO HELP SAVE OUR KIDS America’s sedentary Screen-Addicted children NEED DAILY PHYSICAL ACTIVITY (physical fitness/strength) & NO JUNK FOOD (fresh healthy REAL food)! Our kids rank near the bottom of industrialized countries in terms of physical fitness. And they need leadership training for counteracting bullying & for suicide prevention as well. As a professional Personal Trainer, Kurt understands better than most the terrible costs of inadequate physical activity, coupled with the need for healthier food to build healthier minds & bodies! NO WONDER our kids have become weaker & sicker; they’ve lacked the tools they need to get a fresh start & the coaching they need to get/stay on a winning track!
THE ADAPTIVE WORLD Acknowledging the wonderful adaptive role models’ achievements (overcoming physically challenged circumstances), and promoting affordable accessible improved prosthetic limbs, mobility aids, & more new adaptive resources. We invite those of you who follow our WAA progress to throw some support to the entities featured below. The people who manage these exemplary organizations are credits to the human race in every respect. Together we are a team. And a team like this will impact the world for the better.
CLICK THE ORANGE LINKS BELOW TO RAISE YOUR AWARENESS AND SHOW THEM SOME LOVE
NEVER SAY NEVER
Every October, Never Say Never hosts an adaptive sailing camp (Pirate Camp) in Clearwater, Florida. Families are invited to bring all members of their family for a weekend of fun in the sun on one of the most beautiful beaches in the world. This camp gives limb-different children an opportunity to try activities they may have never imagined that they can do and gives their parents and siblings an opportunity to see them and others like them succeed, all while working and playing together. This camp is put on at no cost to the families, all funds are raised by Never Say Never throughout the year.
- Never Say Never Foundation – 2018 – donating their 100th pair of running blades to amputee children!!
Amp-Ventures is a nonprofit Amputee Adventure company geared towards helping Activate Amputees.
~Powered by OPC~ From events to retreats or just a great group of people getting together to get active, Amp-Ventures gets you out and undertaking things you may have never thought possible.
Amp-Ventures and Never Say Never Foundation will be face-timing LIVE with Kurt Osburn from the starting line in Santa Monica California, on October 12, 2018, 6:45am PST. They will be broadcasting LIVE from Pirate Camp 2018!!
Never Say Never Foundation and Amp-Ventures will be cheering Kurt on the whole trip, and waiting at the finish line in Florida to cross the finish line with him, as he sets a new World Record!
Challenged Athletes Foundation
It is the mission of the Challenged Athletes Foundation (CAF) to provide opportunities and support to people with physical challenges, so they can pursue active lifestyles through physical fitness and competitive athletics. The Challenged Athletes Foundation believes that involvement in sports at any level increases self-esteem, encourages independence and enhances quality of life.
Challenged Athletes Foundation vision is to be a recognized leader in a movement through which physically challenged athletes are accepted and respected at the same level as able-bodied athletes, to have a great and significant impact on each physically challenged athlete served, and to reach out to the physically challenged community by providing inspiration, awareness and mentoring.
The Road 2 Recovery Foundation is a 501 (C) (3) non-profit organization founded to help professional AMA licensed professional action sports members with financial assistance if they sustain career-ending injuries as well as providing motivational, emotional, and spiritual support to these individuals and their families.
Our goal of Road 2 Recovery would be to build enough assets in the endowment fund to completely provide for an athlete under our description for the duration of their life if they are unable to ever generate revenue again. We can strive towards this goal with the help of everyone in the motocross and action sports community who is passionate about these sports. The Road 2 Recovery is out there to make our sports world a better, safer, happier place.
Please help support ANY injured athletes that need your well wishes!
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PHIT America is getting kids ‘off the couch’ and more physically active to fight the modern age ‘Inactivity Pandemic.’ This health and education crisis is devastating and is only getting worse. More and more children are totally sedentary and increasingly unhealthy. Only 7% of kids are active to CDC health standards. US kids are ranked 47th out of 50 countries in the world, in fitness. One of the major reasons is almost ½ of all schools have no physical education and the average budget for PE in an elementary school is only $462 per year…for an entire school. PHIT America is getting kids moving by rebuilding physical education programs in schools.
Kurt Osburn knows our kids are in trouble. He sees a society where the only real way kids are moving is…with their fingers. Rather than just watch this ‘Inactivity Pandemic’ get worse, he decided to do something about it.
World Adaptive Surfing
The 2018 Stance ISA World Adaptive Surfing Championship will take place from December 12-16 in La Jolla, California, USA. The Stance ISA World Adaptive Surfing Championship was created to give surfers with physical challenges an opportunity to compete and display their talents in a Paralympic-style, world-class competition. The event has experienced unprecedented growth since the inaugural edition in 2015 and has spurred the growth of the sport around the world, with nations such as France, Australia, Chile, Brazil, USA, Hawaii and South Africa holding National Championships of their own to select their National Teams to compete.
Wheelie Across America Producer and Amp-Venture Co-Founder Scotti Trinler is ready to compete in December. Help Scotti and World Adaptive Surfing push to be included in the 2020 Paralympic games
KaBOOM! is the national non-profit dedicated to giving all kids– especially those living in poverty– the childhood they deserve through great, safe places to play.
We believe that when kids play, we all win.
The well-being of our communities starts with the well-being of our kids. Kids who live in low-income communities face many structural obstacles to play, such as a lack of safe play spaces or any place to play at all. One in five kids is living in poverty and play is too hard to come by as their families struggle to make ends meet. We want to make it as easy as possible for all kids to learn, explore, grow and just be kids.
Play is the business of childhood and is essential to physical, cognitive, creative, social and emotional development. It’s how kids build strong muscles and healthy bodies; it’s how they learn problem-solving, conflict resolution and creativity; it’s how they make friends and build strong bonds with adults.
Working across the country, KaBOOM! brings together people from diverse backgrounds– from cities and city leaders to corporations and non-profits– to create PLAYces for all kids. The communities we serve feel more engaged, connected and united by the common cause of ensuring our kids can thrive– every day; everywhere.
Former professional snowboarder Kevin Pearce sustained a traumatic brain injury that ended his career just shy of the 2010 winter olympics. Motivated by his experiences, Kevin has set out to inspire people to better understand the most vital and fragile human organ, the brain. Kevin is sharing the message and work of the LoveYourBrain Foundation all over the world through motivational speaking, retreats, and educational programs.
LoveYourBrain is the message that embodies our positive approach to brain injury prevention and healing. Our programs are designed to build community, foster resilience, and help people understand the importance of loving your brain.
Resilience is our capacity to be knocked down by life and come back stronger than ever. To pay homage to the remarkable resilience of the traumatic brain injury (TBI) community, we’ve established a monthly giving program. Every 13 seconds someone sustains a traumatic brain injury.
We’re on a mission to improve the lives of those affected. Here’s how.
Concussion Legacy Foundation
CDC estimates 3.8 million concussions occur each year. Only 1 in 6 concussions are diagnosed.
110 of 111 former NFL players have been diagnosed with CTE at the VA-BU-CLF Brain Bank
Concussions can derail a life. Parents want to know how to protect their kids while participating in sports. No game is worth risking a brain. CLF believes that we all have a responsibility to ensure athletes can reach their full potential on & off the field. They are committed to protecting athletes & families through research, policy & education.
BioDapt is a company that designs, manufactures and distributes high performance lower limb prosthetic components used for action sports and other similar activities. The goal is to manufacture the highest quality and highly versatile components that allow amputees to participate in sports and activities. This equipment can be, and is used by many elite adaptive athletes at the highest level of competition as well as the average person who just wants to get out and be active doing the sports/activities they enjoy.
The Adaptive Skate Kollective, a nonprofit organization, is dedicated to raising awareness for the adaptive community. They will soon be offering skateboarding training, coaching, competitions and hosting special events for youth, adults and veterans living with physical disabilities. Their goal is to open a training facility in the Kansas City area and create skateboarding programs for skateboarders, especially those who are adaptive, as well as offering after school programs.
Since 1967, Disabled Sports USA has focused on one goal: To improve the lives of wounded warriors, youth and adults with disabilities by providing sports and recreation opportunities.
Disabilities include those with visual impairments, amputations, spinal cord injury, multiple sclerosis, head injury, cerebral palsy, other neuromuscular/orthopedic conditions, autism and related intellectual disabilities.
These sports opportunities transform the people we serve, highlighting the potential in each of us, embodied in our motto: “If I can do this, I can do anything!”
RISE Adaptive Sports
To assist persons with physical challenges to Recover, Inspire, Succeed and Empower themselves and others by providing inclusive adaptive recreational sports programs. the RISE mission is to assist persons with physical challenges to Recover, Inspire, Succeed, and Empower themselves and others by providing inclusive adaptive recreational sports programs.
Freedom — it means something different to everyone all over the world. At Freedom Concepts, it means “Creating a cycle of mobility.” Founded in 1991 by Ken Vanstraelen, Freedom Concepts has been imagining, designing, and building a full line of special needs bicycles and mobility devices for over twenty years. Many of our customers had never before experienced the thrill, exhilaration, and simple joy of riding a bike. A long list of satisfied customers across North America and abroad will testify to something we strongly believe — that for anyone who’s willing to try, freedom is within their reach.
In 1984 Brike Int. Ltd. was building a low seated, foot-powered three wheeled design that used a patented “body lean steering” method. Our design used a two piece frame. You sat on the frontsection that includes the seat, the front wheel and the crank assembly. The rear section housed the rear wheels and the handlebars. The front part of the frame articulated (tilted and turned) on two pivot points between the two frame pieces. As you leaned your body towards the apex of the corner, the front wheel, the seat, and the cranks tilted and turned with you. Two very important aspects of a high performance three wheeled cycle are the ability to lean your body to counteract centrifugal force during a turn, and the ability to pedal throughout the turn.
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I AM ADAPTIVE™ aims to reach millions through our unique educational outreach that work to rid the world of the words “handicapped & disabled” and help those who have gone through any traumatic event.
We are building the largest social media networking platform for the Adaptive Culture by providing a social community for those who are looking to Unleash Their Greatness.
I AM ADAPTIVE™ is working with innovative companies and foundations that look to provide mobility equipment for those who need it most, when they need it most.
The National Sports Center for the Disabled (NSCD) is one of the largest outdoor therapeutic recreation and adaptive sports agencies in the world, based out of Winter Park Resort and Broncos Stadium at Mile High in Colorado. The NSCD began in 1970 providing ski lessons for children with amputations for the Children’s Hospital of Denver. Each year more than 3,000 children and adults with disabilities participate in our programs to learn more about sports and themselves. With specially trained staff and volunteers, and its own adaptive equipment lab, the NSCD teaches a variety of year-round sports and activities to individuals with almost any physical, cognitive, emotional or behavioral diagnosis.
The NSCD is recognized around the world as a premier therapeutic recreation organization, providing leadership and expertise in adaptive sports.
The NSCD offers a variety of year-round sports and recreational adventures. In the winter participants enjoy alpine skiing, snowboarding, cross-country skiing, Nordic hut trips, snowshoeing and ski racing. Additionally the NSCD offers year-round rock climbing and kayak lessons. In the spring, summer and fall we offer sport ability clinics, rafting, canoeing, special camps, therapeutic horseback riding, mountain biking and camping. All programs are designed for individuals, families and groups and are available for all levels of ability, from beginner to advanced. We look forward to seeing you or your group this season.
National Suicide Prevention Lifeline
The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline is a leader in suicide prevention and mental health crisis care. Since its inception, the Lifeline has engaged in a variety of initiatives to improve crisis services and advance suicide prevention for all, including innovative public messaging, best practices in mental health, and groundbreaking partnerships.
The U.S. Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) and Vibrant Emotional Health launched the Lifeline on January 1, 2005. Vibrant Emotional Health, the administrator of the grant, works with its partners, the National Association of State Mental Health Program Directors (NASMHPD), National Council for Behavioral Health, and others, to manage the project, along with Living Works, Inc., an internationally respected organization specializing in suicide intervention skills training.
The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline is independently evaluated by a federally-funded investigation team from Columbia University’s Research Foundation for Mental Hygiene. The Lifeline receives ongoing consultation and guidance from national suicide prevention experts, consumer advocates, and other stakeholders through the Lifeline’s Steering Committee, Consumer/Survivor Committee, and Standards, Training and Practices Committee.
Carbon fiber materials have been the defacto standard in prosthetic feet for decades. However, prosthetists have told us that carbon fiber isn’t optimal due to its limited flexibility, breakage and catastrophic failure rate. Our engineering team was listening and realized that new materials and technology would provide the solution.
The team at Ability Dynamics has created the RUSH Foot®, a new and radically design offering amputees the opportunity to live the life they love without being held back by fear and limitation. We understand that comfort leads to confidence, and that confidence leads to a person’s true potential. That’s why lower extremity amputee mobility challenges are at the forefront of our innovative prosthetic foot designs; the RUSH HiPro®, RUSH LoPro® and RUSH Chopart®. The RUSH® Foot’s superior engineering delivers the most realistic and responsive foot and ankle motion available today with zero “dead spots” and a smooth, natural feel.
THE TREVOR PROJECT
As a 501(c)3 non-profit, The Trevor Project relies on the generosity of friends to ensure that lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and questioning (LGBTQ) youth have a safe place to turn in times of crisis.
The Lifeguard Workshop is a free online learning module with a video, curriculum, and teacher resources for middle school and high school classrooms.
The Trevor Project’s Trainings for Professionals include in-person Ally and CARE trainings designed for adults who work with youth. These trainings help counselors, educators, administrators, school nurses, and social workers discuss LGBTQ-competent suicide prevention.
Today, half of US high school students reported not attending any physical education during an average school week… more than 66 percent of youth don’t get the daily physical activity recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention; only 37 percent of 6- to 12-year-olds played on a team sport last year; and one-third of children are obese.
We work closely with our ex-officio members from the government, such as the director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, to ground our priorities in evidence and expertise. …With guidance from the CDC and the Institute of Medicine, we developed a new program that focuses on student health and personal progress towards lifelong fitness, rather than athletic performance. Since 2012, more than 10,600 schools and 5.3 million students have used the program, and we’ve trained over 1,200 physical educators and given out more than $3 million in grants in 47 states. We’re excited to build off that early success by teaming up with players from pro sports, the sporting goods industry, the US Olympic Committee, and others in Project Play 2020.
The mission of Special Olympics is to provide year-round sports training and athletic competition in a variety of Olympic-type sports for children and adults with intellectual disabilities. This gives them continuing opportunities to develop physical fitness, demonstrate courage, experience joy and participate in a sharing of gifts, skills and friendship with their families, other Special Olympics athletes and the community.
There are as many as 200 million people with intellectual disabilities around the world. Our goal is to reach out to every one of them – and their families as well. Special Olympics does this through a wide range of trainings, competitions, health screenings and fund-raising events. We also create opportunities for families, community members, local leaders, businesses, law enforcement, celebrities, dignitaries and others to band together to change attitudes and support athletes.
Bicycles for Humanity is a global grassroots movement that provides the gift of mobility delivered by a bicycle to many in developing countries. In addition to delivering bicycles, many B4H groups work with the local people to develop the skills to manage the bike programs and to ensure that the community realizes maximum value from the gifts of mobility that our chapters provide. Today, many of our chapters in the developing world, Karamoja, Uganda, South Africa, Namibia are mentoring and teaching other communities the skills to successfully manage bicycle initiatives, just as many chapters teach new chapters of the program here. B4H Chapters raise funds, collect bicycles and ship them to community-based organizations in developing countries. Bicycles are delivered in shipping containers that remain in the country and become community bicycle workshops called Bicycle Empowerment Centres. 100% of all donations are used to get bikes into the hands of those who need them. Today we are the largest globally at providing the gift of mobility a bicycle can deliver and we still have not spent a single cent on any overhead or staffing, we are a pure volunteer movement with an incredible skill set here and in the developing world on how to manage bike projects successfully.
The story of BraunAbility begins with our founder, Ralph Braun. Diagnosed with spinal muscular atrophy and unable to walk by the age of 15, he became determined to find a better way to stay mobile over being pushed in a manual chair and carried in and out of vehicles.
He started by inventing the world’s first electric scooter, which he called the Tri-Wheeler. From there he designed the world’s first wheelchair lift and steering controls, allowing Ralph to drive himself independently for the first time in his life.
Ralph quickly discovered that others just like him were hungry for that same independence. With just a handful of employees and despite overwhelming odds, Ralph started his business, and a new industry emerged.
Over the past four decades, BraunAbility products have revolutionized what independence means to wheelchair users. Today BraunAbility has over 1,000 employees, all working to grow mobility across the world. Ralph Braun passed away in 2013, but his legacy is still the driving force behind the BraunAbility mission today.
Boarding for Breast Cancer (B4BC) is a 501(c)3 non-profit foundation that advocates early detection and a healthy, active, and sustainable lifestyle as the best means for breast cancer prevention. Founded in 1996, B4BC empowers young people to make positive choices that promote lifelong wellness through outreach, prevention, sustainability, and support programs.
• The power of education to inspire + impact positive and sustainable lifestyle changes
• The long-term benefits of healthy, active and sustainable pursuits for individuals + communities as a whole
• Supporting young women + those affected by breast cancer
• Strength in unity + building, connecting and supporting communities
• Ultimately celebrating life at every turn, both on and off a board!
Trust for America's Health
Trust for America’s Health (TFAH) is a non-profit, non-partisan organization that promotes optimal health for every person & community and makes the prevention of illness & injury a national priority. TFAH works with traditional & new partners on high impact health issues. We report on and recommend evidence-based programs & policies that make prevention & health equity foundational to health & community systems at all levels of society. According to the most recent National Health &Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES), 18.5 percent of children & 39.6 percent of adults had obesity in 2015-2016. These are the highest rates ever documented by NHANES
Many years ago, I was one of the top 100 junior surfers in the world, weeks away from turning professional. On March 25, 1996, on a morning like any other Malibu morning, I pulled inside a barrel and got thrown headfirst into a shallow sandbar. The impact broke my sixth vertebrae and I instantly became a quadriplegic.
The good news … my story didn’t end that day in the ocean. With the help of the surf community, I got back into the sport I loved; and in 2015, I became the world champion of adaptive surfing.
I’ll leave you with this: your power is in your perspective, not your circumstance.
DREAM BIG. LIVE BIG. YOU GOT THIS
In addition to leading Life Rolls On, Jesse Billauer is a world-class athlete (and all-around amazing guy!) Make sure to look for him at our events and say hello.
National Indian Health Board
The National Indian Health Board (NIHB) represents Tribal governments—both those that operate their own health care delivery systems through contracting and compacting, and those receiving health care directly from the Indian Health Service (IHS).
Located in Washington DC on Capitol Hill, the NIHB, a non-profit organization, provides a variety of services to tribes, Area Health Boards, Tribal organizations, federal agencies, and private foundations, including:
- Policy Formation and Analysis
- Legislative and Regulatory Tracking
- Direct and Timely Communication with Tribes
- Research on Indian Health Issues
- Program Development and Assessment
- Training and Technical Assistance Programs
- Project Management
The NIHB continually presents the Tribal perspective while monitoring federal legislation, and opening opportunities to network with other national health care organizations to engage their support on Indian health care issues. The only organization of its kind; dedicated to strengthening healthcare for all AI/ANs
The American Bicycle Association (ABA) is the World’s largest BMX sanctioning body for the sport of bicycle motocross (BMX). In the United States, operations are conducted under the brand USA BMX and Canadian operations are conducted under the brand BMX Canada. In 2005, the ABA formed the USA BMX Foundation to foster a lifelong love of cycling.
Specifically, the USA BMX Foundation’s goals are to:
• Promote an active and healthy lifestyle through physical fitness and nutritional education
• Reinforce the importance of Science, Technology, Engineering and Math in our daily lives
• Introduce new youth participants to BMX in a safe, positive and fun environment
• Increase the awareness of the sport of cycling
• Provide a clear transition path from educational programs to a BMX member track
• Assist students and educators in their pursuit of educational opportunities
WIGGLE YOUR TOES
Aaron Holm lost both of his legs in a horrific accident on January 2, 2007. But what shattered his body failed to dent his courage, strength and infectious optimism. He’s been helping others regain their positive energy and spirit ever since.
Armed with a laptop and a cellphone, Aaron started Wiggle Your Toes from his hospital bed. He educated himself, formed teams of friends and loved ones, and began charting a course to his new normal. Aaron returned home after only 19 days, joined his three children upstairs, and read them a story that night.
Aaron and his dedicated team built Wiggle Your Toes so others could not just get by but live life to its fullest. Through personalized support, practical answers, resources and tools, Wiggle Your Toes helps amputees in Minnesota and beyond keep looking and moving forward.
The First Kids 1st – Every Child is Sacred Initiative is a national collaborative effort and is comprised of leading Native American organizations, allies, and partners from all backgrounds, focused on changing national, tribal, and state policy to create conditions in which American Indian and Alaska Native children can thrive. We are working to cultivate and nurture strategies and policies that build and strengthen equitable and local supports for vulnerable Native children in their communities.
Freedom Innovations is solely focused on developing world-class lower limb prosthetic solutions in close collaboration with prosthetists and amputees. After beginning operations in the United States in 2002, the company quickly became recognized for innovative product designs, excellent quality and outstanding customer support. With 25 issued patents and 20 product brands sold in over 40 countries, our prosthetic devices lead the industry in both reputation and performance.
Parents of children with similar disabilities have created wonderful networks and are able to share information on treatment, program availability and behavioral issues and solutions. In addition, the Center provides unparalleled easy and no-hassle access to the mountain for our students with disabilities.
The Hospital for Sick Children (SickKids) is a health-care community dedicated to improving the health of children. Our mission is to provide the best in family-centred, compassionate care, to lead in scientific and clinical advancement, and to prepare the next generation of leaders in child health.
The Outdoor Foundation has provided more than 500 organizations with over $5 million in grants that have connected 300,000 young people to outdoor recreation and nature-based activities, from hiking and biking to camping and climbing.
Your support of the Outdoor Foundation gets more young people recreating outside. It creates new customers. It supports the health of our industry. Every time a $10 donation is made, a young person gets into the mountains, or on a river, or climbing a tree.
DAVE MIRRA & KEVIN ROBINSON CHILDREN'S BENEFIT
The action sports world lost two incredibly talented and iconic BMX athletes within two years of one another. Dave Mirra, who passed in February 2016, and Kevin Robinson, December 2017, were adored by fans from around the world, but none more than their wives and their children.
Please click below to support their families!
On October 1st, 2018 the positive Vibes Tour will be taking off for the west coast from Dover, NH to San Diego, CA. The map above is our exact path. This is the kick off for the organization’s 1st annual charity bike ride in Dover. The Positive Vibes Tour looks to positively change children’s lives that are battling cancer, and/or other illnesses. Imagine this child and family trying to rebuild their lives without a little help from locals…Foundation gets more young people recreating outside. It creates new customers. It supports the health of our industry. Every time a $10 donation is made, a young person gets into the mountains, or on a river, or climbing a tree.
It is the mission of the Family Strong Foundation to empower individuals to: take control of their financial futures, improve their quality of life, be productive citizens, and perpetuate hope for generations to come. The Foundation strives to fulfill its mission through monthly social service classes offered free of charges to interested individuals.
We get by with the estimable help of our FRIENDS…
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