Dear Athletes Helping Athletes, I'm typing this letter since it is very hard for me to do something hand written. The first time I had a chance to use a handcycle, was in Birmingham, Alabama at the Wheelchair Basketball Tournament. I play basketball but because of my cerebral palsy it is difficult for me to get up and down the court. With the handcycle, though, I was able to go fast. It was so exciting. Since then, I've tried a friend's cycle and it was so much fun to go around the track and it was great exercise. There is a local handcycle group that wants to sponsor road trips and it would be fun to try this. Thank you for looking at my application.
Sincerely, Steve Ferreira May, 2005
My son, Steven Ferreira, was born in Taipei, Taiwan on July 31, 1988. He was the second born of twins (he has a twin sister) and was not breathing and had to be resuscitated. The results were cerebral palsy and a seizure disorder. He was adopted at birth and we moved back to the United States in April of 1990. Steven has been interested in sports since he was a young child. For the past 7 years he has participated on a Challenger Division of Sammamish Little League. In addition, he was one of the managers of his high school baseball team for the last two years. Last summer we became aware of Northwest Wheelchair Sports and he became involved in the Basketball division. He loves the competition and has been attending games and practices since September of last year. While attending a Tournament in Birmingham, Alabama in February, he tried a handcycle. Over the years, we have tried to modify tricycles (etc) and nothing has worked. The handcycle was terrific. For the first time, Steven was able to go fast!! What an experience for him. Using a handcycle would give Steven the aerobic exercise that he needs as well as the community participation. We would be able to take family biking outings, as well. Thank you for your considering his application.