Our Squad Shout-Out series was created with the intent shine a spotlight on the fantastic organizations who are working hard to make the world a better place. Today's Shout-Out honors Life Rolls On!
Life Rolls On was founded to assist and inspire young people affected by spinal cord injury. Its signature program, They Will Surf Again, empowers young people affected by spinal cord injury to enjoy the freedom and mobility of surfing. Based in Marina del Rey, CA, Life Rolls On produces programs throughout the country and all programs are free to all participants. While Life Rolls On's commitment is to serve the spinal cord injury community, no participant is ever turned away.
"I created Life Rolls On because everyone living with paralysis deserves to feel the exhilarating freedom that surfing brings to me.
"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."
Life Rolls On not only hosts their signature "They Will Surf Again" events, but they also offer "They Will Skate Again" programs! Check their website for event schedules and information.