Since 1975, people who use wheelchairs – especially the newly injured – have turned to the pages of SPORTS ‘N SPOKES magazine for encouragement, amazement and entertainment, thanks to the magazine’s ongoing commitment to profiling wheelchair sports. SPORTS ‘N SPOKES is a bimonthly publication produced by the Paralyzed Veterans of America. The magazine reports on competitive sports and recreation for wheelchair users.
S’NS has been a leader in wheelchair sports coverage for more than 30 years, and the magazine currently goes to more than 50,000 subscribers in 43 countries worldwide. The magazine is free for any disabled US veteran, and it is also distributed at no cost throughout every major rehabilitation hospital in the country. That’s how many people who are newly injured or just beginning to use a wheelchair discover the publication.
This was the case, too, for US Paralympian Bert Burns. “When I first left rehab at Lucerne Hospital and returned to my Orlando home in June of 1982, I could barely push to the stop sign three doors down from my house. My brother had to push me back to the house after my first attempt,” Bert recalls. “In those early days following rehab, I was just trying to build my strength.”
In the weeks, months, and years to follow, Bert aggressively worked out and looked to the pages of SPORTS ‘N SPOKES magazine for role models as he set his sights on becoming a wheelchair racer.
“Every other month when I got my S’NS magazine in the mail, I would go straight to the racing section and look for the results to see what times were posted so I knew what I had to do to get to the top as a wheelchair racer. I even cut out pictures and hung them in front of me on the rollers as I worked out – pictures of the best racers in the world at that time like Clayton Geiren, Jeff Worthington and John Brewer,” Bert says.
Bert’s wheelchair racing career took off after he was first inspired by the athletes he saw featured in SPORTS ‘N SPOKES. He competed on the international circuit as a wheelchair racer until 2004, and as his success grew, Bert found himself featured as an athlete on the pages of his favorite magazine! Bert was spotlighted in 15 consecutive issues of SPORTS ‘N SPOKES due to his notable accomplishments over the course of his sports career. Learn more about Bert’s life-long commitment to wheelchair sports here.
SPORTS ‘N SPOKES Honors Junior Wheelchair Athletes
S’NS spotlights a wide variety of events every year within their issues, like the 4th Annual Get Out, Enjoy Life event that Wheel:Life co-hosts with the magazine. [More on that here.]
This year, SPORTS ‘N SPOKES will also share coverage from the Abilities Expo roadshow, the Disabled Veterans Games and the Paralympic Winter Games in Sochi, Japan. One of the most heartfelt programs they host, however, is the S’NS Junior Athlete of the Year.
The Junior Athlete of the Year award has been around for 20 years. S’NS founding editor Cliff Crase and his wife Nancy believed there needed to be an award that recognized junior athletes and based the award on the Paralyzed Veterans of America’s Jack Gerhardt Award for adult athletes.
“Junior sports was quickly becoming more popular and we felt there needed to be something as prestigious as PVA’s award,” says Nancy Crase. “The junior athletes can now win this award and then go on to win the adult award.”
Historically, the S’NS Junior Athlete of the Year is awarded during the closing ceremony of the National Junior Disability Championships event held each year. The annual event is an Olympic-style sports competition for physically disabled youth, including (but not limited to) those with spina bifida, cerebral palsy, amputations, visual impairments/blindness, and other similar physical disabilities that impede movement.
The winning athlete is awarded an engraved plaque and offered a one-year free subscription to S’NS Magazine, along with a grand prize to be announced. Nominations are open now.
Create Your Own Sports Story with SPORTS ‘N SPOKES
Hundreds of wheelchair athletes have similar stories like Bert’s and those of our junior athletes about the influence that SPORTS ‘N SPOKES has played in their lives. Whether it’s bocce ball, skeet shooting, swimming, skiing or handcycling, chances are you’ll find a sport featured inside SPORTS ‘N SPOKES that pulls you out of the house and back into life as an active, adaptive athlete. That’s why Wheel:Life has teamed up with S’NS to bring you a special offer that may be life-changing for you as well.
Special Offer from SPORTS ‘N SPOKES for Wheel:Life Readers
For a limited time, Wheel:Life readers will receive a 20% discount on a 1-year subscription to SPORTS ‘N SPOKES magazine, the world’s premier wheelchair sporting magazine! You will receive a one-year subscription for $18 instead of paying the $22 regular price.
Simply enter coupon code SSPR13 when you subscribe here to receive your special savings. You can also use this coupon code while giving a gift subscription to someone else. *Please note – this offer applies to US/Canada residents only.
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