Provides competitive and recreational sporting opportunities nationwide via community-based programs. Enables individuals with physical and visual disabilities, including military veterans to maintain active, healthy lifestyles.
In 1993, Anjali and Jessica met for the first time. The two met while attending their first Wheelchair Sports, USA (WSUSA) National Junior Disability Championship (NJDC) in Columbus, Ohio. Both girls left NJDC with medals in hand but more importantly, they left with a friendship that continues today.
Anjali was raised in Massachusetts. Jessica was raised in New Jersey. Yet their friendship grew each year due to their participation in WSUSA events. In the springtime, the girls met at competitions throughout the Northeast and in the summer, they traveled around the United States to NJDC's.
Fifteen years after meeting, Anjali and Jessica found themselves competing together on the world's stage at the 2008 Paralympic Games in Beijing, China. After winning medals in individual events, they ran their final race, the 4x100m relay, along with two of their USA teammates. After ten days of competition, the USA finished strong winning a bronze medal. All four women in the relay had grown up together and had raced against each other at WSUSA national events. For Anjali, Jessica and their two teammates, the opportunity to stand on the podium together to accept the bronze medal was more than an awards ceremony medal was more than an awards ceremony; it was a chance for childhood friends to show the world what they had become.
Today Anjali and Jessica give back to WSUSA because they realize their success both on the track but in life is due to their childhood experiences of meeting fellow athletes with disabilities and traveling to WSUSA competitions.