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Charlie Ekizian

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Sports Director for the Greater B...

Phone: (800) ***-****  HQ Phone
National Spinal Cord Injury Association
6701 Democracy Blvd. Suite 300-9
Bethesda, Maryland 20817
United States

Company Description: Founded in 1948, the NSCIA is the largest civilian organization in the United States dedicated to improving the quality of life of persons disabled by spinal cord...   more
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  • degree , broadcasting
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Charlie's Biography
www.wheelchairsportsandrecreation.com, 4 Sept 2010 [cached]
Charlie Ekizian, a Boston native, has been a pioneer in motivating the spinal-cord-injured toward community involvement since his own diving accident in 1968.
Already a legend in his own community at age 21 because of his indomitable spirit and feats of strength, his C5/C6 level injury put him on a more spiritual path--one of unlimited challenge, mastery, and outreach.
Charlie was deeply impressed during his rehabilitation process by the love and care that surrounded him--and by a visit from a spinal-cord-injured veteran. He set high goals for himself, but his primary goal became giving back to others all that had been given to him.
From 1970 to 1981 Charlie worked full-time as a communications supervisor at Tufts New England Medical Center, often doing double shifts as well as finding time to mentor and counsel newly-injured at that facility. His outreach included many speaking engagements at Boston hospitals and universities. He was an early member of Mass Association of Paraplegics which later developed into the Greater Boston Chapter of the Spinal Cord Injury Association.
From 1971 through 1993 Charlie competed nationally and medalled in pentathlon, javelin, shot put, discus, slalom, swimming, and track events, usually taking silvers and golds in up to eight events at each annual meet. He also won national top medals in rowing every year he competed, and coached others in all these skills, as well as weightlifting events. In 1988 he was a founder of the New England regional quad rugby team, and he is still a passionate rugby player. But winning medals is not what he's about. His greatest joy is to spark others to self-actualization, and he uses these activities as tools to this end.
Charlie worked for the New England Paralyzed Veterans of America as a legislative advocate and was instrumental in the successful inclusion of disabled as a protected class under Mass. Commission Against Discrimination.
In 1989 Charlie and his wife Danielle, an attorney, founded Wheelchair Sports and Recreation Association, Inc., a 501(c)(3) charitable corporation. Since 1989 hundreds of disabled have participated in WSRA-sponsored programs of sled hockey, adaptive kayaking, rowing, handcycling, basketball, ice-sailing, and community involvement programs such as hospital peer counseling, local school outreach (Jocks on Wheels), beach and park modification projects, adaptive sports exhibitions, forums, and more!
Charlie has made numerous appearances on local and national TV and radio to raise public consciousness about the extraordinary abilities of so-called "dis"abled and the importance of inclusion opportunities in every arena. He has also won numerous personal awards, such as the Governor's Neighborhood Superstar Award, and WBZ's "Hero."
Since 1995 Charlie has also served as the Sports Director for the Greater Boston Chapter of the National Spinal Cord Injury Association and as an enthusiastic peer counselor volunteer.
Wheelchair Sports and Recreation Assoc. (WSRA)
www.wheelchairsportsandrecreation.com, 25 Dec 2013 [cached]
Order this new DVD about wheelchair athlete Charlie Ekizian. Click here for more information.
WSRA
Wheelchair Sports and Recreation Association, Inc. also known as WSRA, is a Non-Profit Organization founded by Charles and Danielle Ekizian.
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In 1989 Charles and Danielle Ekizian wanted to formalize their work in the use of recreational and sports activities among the newly disabled as catalysts for regaining active, invigorating lifestyles.
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Charlie now focuses on consulting with the media and organizations that strive to improve the lives of, and utilize the skills of, mobility-impaired people.
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Charlie Ekizian
Charlie Ekizian is a quadriplegic and founder of WSRA. Charlie is an excellent motivational speaker and consultant who has dedicated his life to helping other mobility-impaired people to strive and thrive through sports and recreational activities. You can take advantage of Charlie's forty years of personal struggle and assisting others as they work to overcome spinal cord injuries. If your organization wants to improve its ability to utilize the skills of its mobility-impaired employees, give Charlie a call. Charlie is available to inspire your managers and your employees.
Wheelchair Sports and Recreation Association Releases the DVD, "Going The Distance: Charlie's Story of Endurance" - Physical Therapy - Medical News
medical.presslib.com, 20 Feb 2009 [cached]
Just in time for the Holidays, Triple Knot Productions and Wheelchair Sports and Recreation Association (WSRA) have released a new DVD about the inspiring life of quadriplegic and WSRA founder Charlie Ekizian. Severely injured in a diving accident forty years ago, Charlie has used athletics, physical fitness and prayer to maintain his health without medications or hospitalization.
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Because Charlie acknowledged in that moment that God had a plan for his life, he was given the strength he needed to live a life that not only exceeded his previous expectations of what his life was meant to be, but also to serve as an example that no matter what challenges we are faced with, our lives can still have power and meaning.
At this point in his life, Charlie has spent 40 years in a wheelchair because of quadriparesis, paralyzed from the chest down. After his 9-month in-hospital rehabilitation, he lived independently, married, worked full-time for many years, volunteered extensively to help other people with disabilities, set national records in numerous wheelchair sports, coached disabled athletes, and ultimately, twenty years ago, started his own charitable organization with his wife Danielle to run weekly therapeutic sports programs for the mobility-impaired: Wheelchair Sports and Recreation Association, Inc.
After getting his degree in broadcasting, he served as a spokesman and appeared in countless TV, radio and newspaper spots to promote the integration of the mobility-impaired into community activities, beginning with sports and recreation and ending with employment and full inclusion. His dedicated work won him many honors along the way including the United Way's Extra Mile Award, Massachusetts Governor's Neighborhood Superstar Award, National Spinal Cord Injury Association's Spirit Award, and New England Wheelchair Athletic Association's Hall of Fame recognition.
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Wheelchair Sports and Recreation Association, Inc., also known as WSRA, is a Non-Profit 501(c)(3) Organization founded by Charles and Danielle Ekizian.
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www.wheelchairsportsandrecreation.com, 8 Feb 2008 [cached]
AKA WSRA, a Non-Profit Organization Founded by Charles and Danielle Ekizian.
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In 1989 Charles and Danielle Ekizian wanted to formalize their work in the use of recreational and sports activities among the newly disabled as catalysts for regaining active, invigorating lifestyles.
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Charlie Ekizian, a Boston native, has been a pioneer in motivating spinal-cord-injured toward community involvement since his own diving accident in 1968.
Already a legend in his own community at age 21 because of his indomitable spirit and feats of strength, his C-5/C-6 level injury put him on a more spiritual path--one of unlimited challenge, mastery, and outreach.
Charlie was deeply impressed during his rehabilitation process by the love and care that surrounded him--and by a visit from a spinal-cord-injured veteran.He set high goals for himself, but his primary goal became giving back to others all that had been given to him.
From 1970 to 1981 Charlie worked full-time as a communications supervisor at Tufts New England Medical Center, often doing double shifts as well as finding time to mentor and counsel newly-injured at that facility.His outreach included many speaking engagements at Boston hospitals and universities.He was an early member of Mass Association of Paraplegics which later developed into GBC-NSCIA.
From 1971 through 1993 Charlie competed nationally and medalled in pentathlon, javelin, shot put, discus, slalom, swimming, and track events, usually taking silvers and golds in up to eight events at each annual meet.He also won national top medals in rowing every year he competed, and coached others in all these skills, as well as weightlifting events.In 1988 he was a founder of the New England regional quad rugby team, and he is still a passionate rugby player and team member.But winning medals is not what he's about.His greatest joy is to spark others to self-actualization, and he uses these activities as tools to this end.
Charlie worked for the New England Paralyzed Veterans of America as a legislative advocate and was instrumental in the successful inclusion of disabled as a protected class under Mass. Commission Against Discrimination.
In 1989 Charlie and his wife Danielle, an attorney, founded Wheelchair Sports and Recreation Association, Inc., a 501(c)(3) charitable corporation.
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Charlie has made numerous appearances on local and national TV and radio to raise public consciousness about the extraordinary abilities of so-called "dis"abled and the importance of inclusion opportunities in every arena.He has also won numerous personal awards, such as the Governor's Neighborhood Superstar Award, and WBZ's "Hero."
Since 1995 Charlie has also served as the Sports Director for the Greater Boston Chapter of the National Spinal Cord Injury Association and as an enthusiastic peer counselor volunteer.
While his proudest achievement is watching the continuing success of the hundreds he has worked with over the last thirty years, Charlie is not an observer.His life demonstrates maximum involvement--his motto: "Full Program: My name is down for all today's events!"
dc.jpg.jpg (24765 bytes)Danielle & Charlie Ekizian
Motivational Speaking
www.wheelchairsportsandrecreation.com, 25 Dec 2013 [cached]
Charlie Ekizian
There isn't much that Charlie doesn't know about living in a wheelchair. Not only has he spent over forty years of his life in one, but he's managed to thrive--working a successful career and enjoying a loving marriage.
People who find themselves suddenly mobility-impaired are shocked and depressed. They need more than medical care; they need to learn the skills from someone who's been there.
Charlie worked with the newly disabled in the Boston area through various hospital and sports programs. He founded the Wheelchair Sports and Recreation Association to expand the reach of what he could do.
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Charlie can help you overcome some hurdles. Draw on his forty years of painstaking efforts with people with all levels of injuries. Call Charlie today!
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