Meet the GRIT Team
A note from the Founders
"We believe that everybody deserves access to the outdoors and adventure, regardless of their physical ability. We met while studying mechanical engineering at MIT and came together around our shared passion to use our skills to make a difference.
Regular wheelchairs are exhausting to push, hard to use off-road, tricky to fix, and like all medical devices, too expensive. We couldn't believe that so many people with disabilities were stuck on the pavement because regular wheelchairs can't keep up.
So we decided to design something better. But we couldn't do it alone. We enlisted the help of hundreds of wheelchair riders from around the world, as well as seating experts, physical and occupational therapists, and outdoor enthusiasts.
We love to geek out about the technical stuff—we can talk your ear off about torque and rolling resistance—but we'd much rather hear about you and your dreams, whether they involve tackling a Spartan Race, joining your family for a trail ride, or simply venturing out into nature under your own power.
We are motivated every day by the stories that our riders share with us of their adventures. And every day, we are honored to play a small role in their accomplishments.”
- Tish and Ben
Here are a few things we love:
We have said it before and we will say it again: there is nothing better than catching up with our riders. Our riders aren't just our customers, they're the most important voices on our design team, so we love meeting up to learn about how they are using the chair, problem solve any challenges they are facing with the chair, and get their feedback on what we are working on.
…AND LIVING VICARIOUSLY THROUGH THEIR ADVENTURES
Every rider, goal, body, fitness hurdle, solution, terrain, and situation can be different, and that’s part of what keeps our job exciting. We celebrate their milestones, whether that’s completing their first road race or their first family stroll around the block, and we listen to frustrations that may arise and help find solutions. We are grateful everyday that our community is so generous in sharing their big and little moments — it’s what motivates us to do a better job day in and day out.
TAKING A MOMENT TO ENJOY THE GREAT OUTDOORS
Whether it’s hiking, catching the views from the top of a ferris wheel, or indoor rock climbing, we love fun and adventure-ing. Sometimes that involves scooters, other times it involves relaxing our feet after a long event and lounging by the pool.