Dear Athletes Helping Athletes,
My name is Beth Jones. I live in Orinda, California. I have a brother and a father who are very active in sports and they push me to do well in sports as well. As a result they have become my "coaches" in the background of basketball. I compete on the BORP prep team. I also practice with their JV and Varsity teams. The varsity coach just recently invited me to the JV and Varsity end of the year dinner.
A handcycle would be great because it would help me with: meeting new people, my confidence, my endurance, cross training for basketball and possibly track for BORP, setting the bar at my own pace instead of everyone doing it for me, and my independence. In the future I think having a handcycle would help me with my: basketball career, dance career, and knowing my abilities/what I am capable of.
Thank you for the opportunity to introduce Elizabeth Jones. Beth is 13 years old. She has spina bifida. We have been very proactive in caring for Beth since her birth. During her younger years, we introduced her to numerous therapies disguised as play. This included Hippo therapy as really horseback riding, stretching as really dance and cardiovascular therapy as wheelchair basketball to list a few. When Beth was 8, she did not want the wheelchair basketball activity any longer. We said goodbye to BORP (Bay Area Outreach Program) and headed to other therapies.
This past August, Beth surprised us as she asked to return to BORP for the wheelchair basketball program. During the fall she heard about the BORP cycling program and wanted to try handcycling when the program started up again in spring. During the basketball season, she worked hard at learning new skills. She participated in a tournament and was very disappointed when the Prep team was not able to go to the Nationals. She asked to out extra time with the Junior VArsity and Varsity teams to improve her newly found skills. She continues to attend 3 on 3 training drills.
This past winter Beth started skiing and in less than 5 lessons is well on the way to mastering the beginner hills and is looking forward to skiing the intermediate hills next year.
Four weeks ago, BORP had their first season Youth Bike ride. For the first time Beth sat in a handcycle. She circled the parking lot a couple of times as the small group prepared for a short ride. Each time around you could see the delight in her eyes grow as she figured out how to turn, stop and start. The ride was less than 2 miles, but she could not wait the two weeks for the next outing. The next two outings were close to 8 miles each. This past weekend Beth participated in a 10 mile Bike 4 Breath fundraising ride with Kristie Taylor of BORP.
Randy & Dorothy Jones