November 2022

Dear Friends,

Event season is finally simmering down as fall is in full swing. Reflecting on the past few weeks, we've had weddings, adaptive sports events, conferences and many virtual panels. Never a dull moment! In this newsletter you'll find event recaps, a nonprofit feature, and lots of videos. Enjoy!

Everything we do is driven by the passion for empowering people to live healthy and active lifestyles without barriers. Thank you for taking the time to celebrate the accomplishments with us and spreading the word about what we do.


CEO Access Trax


October Adaptive Sports, Recreation & Resource Fair A Success!

Image shows an adaptive paddle boarder smiling seated in a manual wheelchair on a specialized paddle board with outriggers. A male volunteer is smiling standing on the back of the paddle board. A female volunteer is smiling standing on a paddle board near them in the water at the bay.
Check out the recap video from the event at Mission Bay! Click to watch.

The second ever Adaptive Sports, Recreation, and Resource Fair was held Sunday, October 16th at North Crown Point Shores in San Diego. The MCAP (Mobility Community Access Partners of San Diego) co-sponsored this event with the City of San Diego's Therapeutic Recreation Services.

Activities included basketball, pickleball, boccia ball, handcycling, fitness, martial arts, wheelchair paddle boarding and over-the-line. This is in addition to the resource booths, ukulele jam session and the incredible Hawaiian dance entertainment during lunch! Meals were provided by the great folks at the Old Mission Beach Athletic Club.

We're hosting another event next year; mark your calendars for June 3rd!

A diverse group of people smile for a group photo on an outdoor basketball court at a grassy park near the bay. They are at an adaptive sports event and most of them are seated in manual wheelchairs.
Two women play pickleball on an outdoor basketball court at a park. They are using manual wheelchairs. One is wearing a black tank top with shorts and the other is wearing a black long sleeve shirt and pants.
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Access Trax Featured in SCORE Success Story

Watch the success story video featuring Access Trax!
Entrepreneurship is hard. But you don't have to go through it alone! From the early months of starting Access Trax, Kelly sought mentorship to help guide her on everything from business operations to legal. One of the first organizations she got help from was the nonprofit SCORE. The org connects small business owners with FREE 1:1 mentorship, education and online resources.

Kelly was recently interviewed for SCORE's success story series. Twenty diverse businesses from all over the US were selected to participate. Special thank you to Sherryl and Gary (and of course Barbie the lab) for their help with showing how Access Trax works!

If you're interested in learning more about SCORE resources, click the link below.
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Access Trax Sponsoring World Para Surfing Championships

The 2022 Pismo Beach ISA World Para Surfing Championships hosted by AmpSurf starts December 4th! The week long event brings elite para surfers from around the world to compete for gold. Each competing country has a team of surfers showcasing their skills in the 9 Para Surf Divisions. The classification system is recognized by the International Surfing Association which is the governing body for Olympic Surfing (and hopefully Paralympic Surfing will be added to the Olympic Games in 2028).

This epic event includes a learn-to-surf clinic at the Pismo Beach Pier on Dec 3rd, a symposium, a Parade of Nations opening ceremony, multiple days of competition heats, and of course the awards ceremony. If you'd like to learn more and sign up to volunteer for the event for water safety or on-land assistance, please click the link below.
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Challenged Athletes Foundation Community Challenge Raises Over 3.1 Million

Watch all the fun from the 2022 Community Challenge Weekend!
Each year the Challenged Athletes Foundation hosts their premiere fundraising and sport event weekend here in San Diego. The action-packed weekend includes the finish line for the Million Dollar Challenge (a 640 mile bike ride from San Francisco), the San Diego Triathlon Challenge, an adaptive surf clinic, a kids 5K walk & roll and more!

Access Trax is a proud sponsor of the event, providing access mats for the triathlon swim area and a path over the grass to event areas. Funds raised support CAF's mission of providing opportunities for sport to children and adults living with physical disabilities.
Photo of people walking and rolling with wheelchair over a grey portable pathway over grass at an outdoor event.
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Kelly Receives Force for Good Award from OT School

Kelly, a blonde woman wearing a tan suit and teal blouse smiles holding a glass award on stage next to a taller blonde woman wearing red graduation robes and hat. There are other professors in robes behind them on stage. They are at a grad school graduation ceremony indoors.
Back in August, Kelly was honored to speak at the University of St. Augustine for Health Science's fall graduation ceremony here in San Diego. Kelly is an alumna who graduated with her degree in occupational therapy in 2017.

During the ceremony, Kelly was presented with the Force for Good Award which is given to a local organization/individual who exemplifies the university's B-Corp values and mission of being a "force for good." Award recipients demonstrate a commitment to serving the community and embracing innovations that improve patient's lives. The idea for Access Trax started back while Kelly and her co-founder Eric were OT students in 2016. Kelly enjoyed seeing some of her professors and encouraging the new grads to think big when it comes to making an impact in their career!

Special thank you to Dr. Maureen "Mo" Johnson who made such a big impact in school, and to Dr. Erin Schwier who presented Kelly with the award! The University of St. Augustine continues to support the adaptive surf movement and we are grateful for their impact.

Access Trax + Popup Picnic Team Up

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Kelly of Access Trax and Lauren of local Popup Picnic Co first met this year through the San Diego Tourism Authority's inaugural DEI Accelerator program. Popup Picnic Co is the original luxury picnic company and takes pride in creating beautifully curated picnics for small and large groups so you don't have to lift a finger.

In order to execute the beautiful picnic setups on the beach in Southern California, Popup Picnic Co uses carts to haul the tables and chairs. This can be quite difficult in the soft sand. The Access Trax mats are excellent for creating a stable pathway for moving people AND heavy equipment, so Lauren used the Trax for an event in Huntington Beach recently!

Limitless Adventures Hosts Outdoor Recreation in San Diego

A diverse group of hikers smile for a photo on a hiking trail under a tree. There are two hikers in front using an adaptive offroad wheelchair. The people are wearing shirts and shorts with hats and sunglasses.

Have you heard of Limitless Adventures here in San Diego? Limitless Adventures is a nonprofit that provides outdoor recreation to people with disabilities. The organization was founded on the belief that everyone, regardless of ability, deserves to experience the beauty of nature and all of its benefits. They aspire to create an inclusive, social community in which participants have fun and build lasting friendships.

Limitless Adventures organizes an event every month; hiking is the most common activity, though they periodically offer other fun events like surfing, kayaking, and rock climbing. Activities are open to everyone including those with intellectual and physical disabilities. Click the link below to visit their website and register for an upcoming event!

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Kelly a Panelist at US Commercial Service Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Webinar

Kelly was invited by the US Commercial Service to be a panelist alongside Kerry Mellin of EZ Hold to share their experience as entrepreneurs in the accessibility industry. The title of the webinar was: From Local to Global: Celebrating Diversity. The focus of the virtual panel was to share advice for those interested in learning more about what it takes to run a global business in this industry.

Kelly and Kerry have both exported their products to multiple countries outside the US, fueled by a passion to help more customers benefit from their life-changing solutions. Feedback from the presentation was overwhelmingly positive, with one audience member saying, "Wow, these two rocked today!"

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Photo of a beach wedding setup with an accessible aisle path covered in burlap. The ocean is in the background and the guests have not arrived yet. It is sunset.

"Everything was perfect! The aisle made it so beautiful."

-Amy, Mother of the Bride - Access Trax wedding rental in Hilton Head Island
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