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WheelBlazers

WheelBlazers is a wheelchair racing team that enables individuals with disabilities to take part in an organized physical activity.

Wheelchair racing is a source of great inspiration for many people, because for some, it is their first time ever participating in a team sport. WheelBlazers is open to men and women of high school age or older and to those who are medically stable, self-motivated, and require minimal assistance for transfers and supervision.

Coaches, instructors, and trained volunteers work with team members of all levels of experience and capability. The disabilities of the racers include but are not limited to: spina bifida, spinal cord injury, post-polio, amputations, and non-progressive neuromuscular disorders. Practices are held once a week from April through September in Roselle, New Jersey.

2011 was a busy year for WheelBlazers! The sixth annual WheelBlazers Grand Prix featured a series of races throughout the country where wheelchair racers accumulated points to compete for prize money. The Grand Prix was sponsored by Kessler Foundation and the Tri-State Region of WASUSA. View the 2011 WheelBlazers Grand Prix results. For a list of upcoming events, visit the Tri-State Wheelchair Athletic Association.

In October, the WheelBlazers also participated in Kessler Foundation's 10th Annual Stroll 'N Roll (and RUN!) in Branch Brook Park. They competed in USATF certified 5K and 8K courses as well as the family-fun 5K. For more information, click on the logo to the right. 

On Memorial Day, they competed in the 11th Annual Kessler Foundation Wheelchair 10K. WheelBlazers own Tony Nogueira won the Male Masters Division! Tony is one of the original members of the WheelBlazers, which was founded in 2011. See the complete list of the Wheelchair 10K race times. The Foundation's 2011 Wheelchair 10K was made even more special by two competitors who traveled from Africa. While they wanted to win, their mission was to prove their abilities to advance the status of people with disabilities in their countries. Read their stories in Sports 'N Spokes.

For more information on WheelBlazers, please contact the Foundation offices at (973) 324-8362.