# Adaptive sports
Spinal Cord Injury Awareness Month: Winter Sports
Columbia, South Carolina - This week, the Spinal Cord Injury Awareness month safe sports topic is winter sports, including skiing, sledding, tubing and snowboarding. According to the National Spinal Cord Injury Statistical Center, these combined would be the second leading recreational activity resulting in spinal cord injury.
Wheel to Surf Event Makes Waves in Disabled Community
Surfside Beach, SC - Hundreds of onlookers cheered as eighty adaptive surfers rode the rolling waves at the Wheel to Surf event at Surfside Beach, South Carolina, over the weekend. The event was on hiatus for for three years due to the pandemic came back in a big way. It was largest event in the history of the organization with more than 100 applicants and 80 participants on the day of the event.
Return to Dirt expands off-road adventure program for adaptive athletes
Return to Dirt provides adaptive off-road adventures and backcountry access for athletes of all abilities.(Photo by Return to Dirt.) Glenwood Springs-based Return to Dirt recently joined the High Fives Foundation, the nation's lead adaptive action sports organization. That change supports Return to Dirt's surging growth through the network and resources of the High Fives Foundation.
Making Wishes Come True: Rare Syndrome Doesn't Stop Adventurous 6-Year-Old From Skiing with BOEC
Ellie, Cecilia, and Billy Bennett pose for a picture at Breckenridge Ski Resort.Barry Rubenstein/BOEC. No parent, no matter who you are, wants to hear the phrase “gross white matter tract damage” from their child’s pediatrician. Or for that matter, you don’t want to hear “your child has a 22q13.2 deletion” either. While to the layman this just sounds like a bunch of gibberish, it hit a little too close to home for pediatric gastroenterologist and pediatric nurse practitioner Billy and Ellie Bennett when their 13-month-old daughter Cecilia was diagnosed with Phelan-McDermid syndrome. Billy and Ellie’s lives changed in an instant as the syndrome that has only been diagnosed in roughly 3,000 people worldwide took center stage in their lives.