Weekend Recap: James Island Connector Run and Wheelchair Tennis

This past weekend was filled with several activities. The 18th Annual James Island Connector Run was a great success. The weather was nice and we had a great turnout of runners, walkers, cyclists and wheelchair riders.

Sarah Casteel was the only hand cyclist in the event and there were a few people with are blind who rode tandem bicycles with a sighted rider.


Sarah Casteel riding a hand cycle.

Marka Danielle walked the bridge using her Purple Legs and Adam Gorlitsky walked the course in his exoskeleton.


Marka Danielle (left) and Adam Gorlitsky (third from left) stand with City of Charleston Mayor John Tecklenburg and his wife, Sandy.

All proceeds from the race benefit students with physical disabilities through the Gavalas-Kolanko Foundation at six local colleges: College of Charleston, The Citadel, Charleston Southern University, Trident Technical College the Medical University of South Carolina and the Art Institute of Charleston.

Adaptive Expeditions Wheelchair Tennis Clinic

After the race, a group of us attended Adaptive Expeditions‘ inaugural wheelchair tennis clinic. The nonprofit organization provides recreational opportunities for people with disabilities. The session was led by avid tennis players Sarah Casteel and Jeff Kegler.

There was a mix of experience levels of the participants. A couple people didn’t need the instructional lessons, so they played a game on their own. The rest of us were newer to the sport.

Take a look at the video clips and watch us in action!

About Tuesday Talk With Alex

Born in Charleston, SC, I was injured in a motor vehicle accident when I was nine months old. I acquired a C5-C6 spinal cord injury. I'm now 30 years old and I do not let my disability deter me from acheiving my goals and enjoying life. I will be sharing my experience of living with a spinal cord injury.
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One Response to Weekend Recap: James Island Connector Run and Wheelchair Tennis

  1. Great coverage of the JI Run event Alex as well as the Adaptive Sports clinic. Jim Waitzman


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