To celebrate our 10-year anniversary in 2013, we decided to host a major campaign, Push Across America, which will have Stay-Focused alumnus and wheelchair athlete Ryan Chalmers pushing his racing chair from Los Angeles to New York City. Ryan’s motivation is to encourage others to take on challenges and give back to individuals and organizations that have made a difference in their lives. You can follow our progress on the campaign website, Facebook or Twitter.
The first program included four, first-time divers and we had five in the second program. The Reunion program included six divers who were certified in 2011. The Program Director, an experienced Stay-Focused diver serving as the group's mentor, a medical doctor, and a coach joined each program.
Stay-Focused offers a unique, transformational learning experience to teens and young adults with disabilities. Through a SCUBA certification program, participants gain confidence, develop leadership skills, become more independent, and join the Stay-Focused community. Participants learn to challenge themselves, set higher goals, and form long-term relationships. Stay-Focused is committed to supporting medical research that explores the beneficial aspects of diving on persons with mobility challenges.
Beginning on April 6th, Paralympian Ryan Chalmers will Push Across America to raise awareness for the potential of all persons with disabilities and to give back to Stay-Focused, an organization that has changed his life.