We hope that you and your loved ones are well during these difficult and uncertain times. We also hope that you are adjusting as well as can be to any changes that have undoubtedly come your way both personally and professionally. Despite these challenges, we have the opportunity to meet this moment and treat each other with kindness, compassion, and humanity. No act of kindness or assistance is too small to be impactful.
While we may not be able to see your smiling faces in person at events right now, please know that we are still here for you and are continuing the mission of making the outdoors and recreation more accessible for people around the world. The home office is looking pretty well-used these days, as you may be able to relate!
Please do not hesitate to reach out with a question, an order, or just to say hello. As always, we're happy to help you with your accessibility and inclusion needs. Wishing you health and balance. Hope to see you soon!
Access Trax Finalist in FedEx Grant!
Access Trax is proud to share that we made it to the Top 100 for the 2020 FedEx Small Business Grant contest!We could not have done this without you for the second year in a row! Thank you to everyone who voted and shared our campaign. Your support is what keeps small businesses like us alive.
The FedEx Grant Team is reviewing the Top 100 Finalists and will announce the 12 grant winners on May 4th! There is a grand prize winner of $50,000, 2nd place of $30,000 and 10 3rd place winners of $15,000. All 12 prizes include complimentary FedEx services and mentorship as well. The grant funding will allow us to hire disabled Veterans and others to assist with manufacturing, sales, and rentals. Plus, the money will allow us to spread the word about Beach Trax to more people around the world who can benefit. Check out Kelly's second round video entry below!
Kelly answers the FedEx Grant question, "What is your passion as an individual and a business owner, and how is that reflected in your business?"
Recap of the 2020 AmpSurf ISA World Para Surf Championships
A little rain couldn't dampen the spirits of the competitors and fans at the AmpSurf ISA World Para Surfing Championships! A record-breaking 131 athletes from 22 nations gathered at La Jolla Shores to compete for Gold March 11-14th. Here's a brief summary of some exciting highlights:
Team Spain claims Gold in the overall nation scores, with Team USA winning Silver, Team Brazil earning Bronze, and Team Hawaii taking home Copper
Denmark's Bruno Hansen maintains his title as Men's Prone Surfing World Champion, claiming Gold for an unprecedented 5th year in a row
Team USA's Jesse Billauer earned Gold in the Men's Prone II Division in an exciting buzzer beater wave during finals
7 surfers won their first Gold Medal including Team USA's Sarah Bettencourt and Liv Stone, plus Colin Cook from Hawaii and Carmen Lopez from Spain
Nonprofit 'Made for More South Africa' won the Beach Trax giveaway contest sponsored by Access Trax and Surf Dog Ricochet
Resources for Uplifting Entertainment and Fitness
In light of current events, our hearts go out to all the families, businesses, industries and events around the world affected by the health crisis. Thank you to everyone who is taking steps to limit the spread. In an effort to promote positivity, stress relief, and health, here are a few resources that you and your family may enjoy!
If you have a 24 Hour Fitness gym membership, they have added more free content on their app for in-home workouts! The app is called 24GO.
Free virtual museum experiences and exhibits can be found on this page by KPBS, including the Oceanside Museum of Art, the Fleet Science Center, and the San Diego Natural History Museum.
Musical artists are posting videos of themselves performing live "concerts" in their homes during quarantine. Check out this article that lists links to many of these concerts.
Access Trax is Site Captain for June La Jolla Shores Beach Cleanup
Each year in San Diego, the nonprofit I Love A Clean San Diego hosts a community-wide “Creek to Bay” cleanup stretching over 100 specific sites in the county. In just 3 hours, over 145,000 pounds of debris and litter will be collected by around 6,000 volunteers! This coordinated effort spans beaches and inland areas to make a powerful impact on our environment.
This year, Access Trax is excited to join the effort as the site captain for La Jolla Shores Beach. We are dedicated to inclusion, accessibility, and our environment! It is just as important to have clean beaches and outdoor areas as it is to be able to access them. We sincerely hope you’ll join us at La Jolla Shores or one of the many other sites throughout the county on June 20th.
At Access Trax, we are dedicated to providing effective products and services with excellent customer care so everyone can enjoy the outdoors barrier-free. We sincerely appreciate the time you take to share feedback about us via email, social media, and our Google Business page.
Camille is the dedicated Program Manager at Angel City Sports. We work with this amazing nonprofit at their premier Angel City Games event- a top notch adaptive sports festival held at UCLA. Angel City Games relies on Beach Trax for a stable pathway over the turf field.
Here is Camille's feedback:
"Access Trax allows people with every ability level to get where they want to go... a total game changer! We used Access Trax in our Experience Zone at the 2019 Angel City Games presented by The Hartford. We were concerned about the path of travel for our athletes to roll/walk on a turf surface. Access Trax totally saved the day! With their Trax - thousands of individuals were able to enjoy and completely access our event.
The product is top-notch and Kelly and her team are incredible with a genuine vision to change the world. We will use Access Trax for every event we host. Thank you Access Trax!"
Do you remember playing with toys like Barbie, American Girl Dolls, and stuffed animals? You may not remember seeing any of these toys featuring people with disabilities. Fast forward to 2020, and this is finally changing. Toy makers like Mattel and Hot Wheels are recognizing that people with disabilities represent the largest minority in the world. Making a commitment to inclusion and showing the next generation of children that it’s normal to be ‘different’ is sure to make a positive impact. Read more to see a list of some toys that celebrate inclusion.
Mattel: Barbie and Inclusion
Firstly, I wanted to share a few toys in the Barbie universe since that was one of my favorites growing up. Barbie allows children to play pretend and use their imagination. Often, children play out what they want their life to be like, so having a doll they can relate to is powerful. For children with physical disabilities, a Barbie with a prosthetic limb or a wheelchair would be incredibly impactful. In 2020, there’s both!
Amidst growing focus on the global containment strategy for the covid-19 pandemic, the International Olympic Committee (IOC) has officially announced on March 24th to postpone the Tokyo Summer Games to 2021. In a special press conference today, IOC president Thomas Bach shared that the decision was made together with the Tokyo 2020 Organizing Committee. Bach assured that as a symbol of commitment and hope, the Olympic flame will remain in Japan. Also, the name of the event will continue to be ‘Olympic Games Tokyo 2020’ instead of 2021 for symbolic reasons.
Athletes Share Their Thoughts
Athletes are of course sharing their thoughts and support after the announcement. “First, we have a more important fight to win,” shared 2x Olympic super-heavyweight judo champion Teddy Riner about the fight against the pandemic. World heptathlon champion Katerina Johnson-Thompson also voiced her opinion. “As an athlete, it’s heartbreaking news…but it’s for all the right reasons and the safety of everyone!” Other athletes made comments about the effects of getting a year older and having to extend training, but were still overwhelmingly positive.
Adding more positivity to the conversation is three time Paralympic gold medalist Alana Nichols: “To all the athletes now training for the Tokyo 2021 Paralympics and Olympics…here’s to diggin deep and to training in isolation while no one is watching…You’ll be grateful for this unexpected obstacle/challenge one day…Just know #teamusa is behind you and we are already EXTRA proud of you for putting your head down and continuing to do work!”