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Charlie Ekizian

Sports Director for the Greater Boston Chapter

National Spinal Cord Injury Association

HQ Phone:  (718) 803-3782

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National Spinal Cord Injury Association

75-20 Astoria Blvd.

Jackson Heights, New York,11370

United States

Company Description

Formed in 1948, NSCIA is the nation's oldest and largest civilian organization dedicated to improving the quality of life for all Americans living with the results of spinal cord injury and disease (SCI/D) and their families, from the onset of injury or diseas... more

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Background Information

Employment History

Communications Supervisor

Tufts-New England Medical Center


Affiliations

Avantcare , Inc.

Board Member


quadriplegic and WSRA

Founder


Wheelchair Sports and Recreation Association Inc

Founder


Mass Association of Paraplegics

Early Member


Non-Profit Organization

Founder


Education

degree

broadcasting


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Charlie's Biography

www.wheelchairsportsandrecreation.com [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.


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www.wheelchairsportsandrecreation.com [cached]

AKA WSRA, a Non-Profit Organization Founded by Charles and Danielle Ekizian.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. 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.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


Charlie Ekizian - Avantcare, Inc - Makers of the Last Call Program

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Charlie Ekizian
Charlie Ekizian Advisory Board Member Charlie Ekizian Founder of the WSRA (Wheelchair Sports and Recreation Association), Charlie Ekizian broke his neck in 1968 at the age of 21 in a diving accident. Mr. Ekizian's neck was broken at the fifth and sixth cervical vertebrae, making him a quadriplegic. Despite being told he would never use his arms or legs again, Mr. Ekizian was able to regain the use of his arms through an intense fitness regimen, which he still uses and promotes to this day. Mr. Ekizian brings years of steadfastness and strength to Avantcare's Advisory Board, as well as expertise for our disabled clients.


Team - Avantcare, Inc - Makers of the Last Call Program

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Charlie Ekizian
Charlie Ekizian Advisory Board Avantcare, Inc.


Wheelchair Sports and Recreation Assoc. (WSRA)

www.wheelchairsportsandrecreation.com [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. 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. 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. 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.


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