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United Spinal Association Seeks Support From Motorsports Industry To Increase SCI/D Awareness

Published Apr 12th 2007, 4:24pm by Jody DeVere in Featured Articles

Us_motorsports United Spinal Association, a national not-for-profit organization enhancing the lives of people with spinal cord injuries and disorders (SCI/D), is seeking support from the motorsports industry in its grass-roots effort to raise awareness of SCI/D and to encourage people with disabilities, including individuals who use adaptive automotive equipment, to participate in competitive motorsports. 

Adaptive automobile technology has helped pave the way for more people with disabilities to confidently get behind the wheel, not only to travel more freely, but to compete in motorsports. Although the popularity of motorsports is increasing nationwide, most people with spinal cord injuries and disorders (SCI/D) are still unaware of the opportunities to participate in this thrilling sport.

Tracklogofinallrg Advanced hand control systems are enabling drivers with disabilities to compete on an equal playing field with drivers without disabilities. And the best part is that you don’t have to be a professional driver to pursue your love of racing. Whether you choose to compete in local amateur racing events through organizations such as the Sports Car Club of America (SCCA) or experience the exhilarating speed of go-karting, there are great opportunities out there for people with SCI/D that don’t involve superior driving skills or expensive vehicle modifications.

Bill Hannigan United Spinal director of Sports Marketing said, “It’s been a lot of fun so far. This campaign is blossoming into something much bigger than we originally anticipated. We are discovering that many individuals within the SCI/D community are very eager to learn more about our Motorsports program and how they can get involved. By continuing to cultivate partnerships within the industry we hope to open more outlets to people with SCI/D to participate in new and exciting recreational/professional sports at the same time increase awareness of SCI/D.”

To help spread the message about motorsports and SCI/D, United Spinal is welcoming amateur and professional drivers of all abilities who would like to assist in supporting the program. “By simply displaying the United Spinal Motorsports logo on your vehicle you not only increase SCI/D awareness, but join the ranks of drivers from NASCAR, Formula 1, Indy Racing League, National Hot Rod Association, and Sports Car Club of America who are already proudly displaying our logo and supporting an important and highly-rewarding mission,” said Jody DeVere, chair of United Spinal Association’s Motorsports Committee and president of, Inc., an automotive advice Web site.

United Spinal Association sponsors a wide variety of wheelchair recreational and adaptive sports programs guided by the belief that the benefits of participating in sports are no different for athletes with disabilities than for those without disabilities. Membership is free and open to all individuals with disabilities of the spinal cord.
For more information please contact Bill Hannigan, director of Sports and Recreation at United Spinal Association at 800.404.2898 ext. 268 or

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