Courtesy YouTube/Unit Aaron Fotheringham will be one of the athletes to perform at a demo at Rhodes Skatepark during the Road to X Games Qualifier in Boise.
Aaron "Wheelz" Fotheringham was born with Spina Bifida, and is the first wheelchair BMX athlete to stick a backflip in a wheelchair. Christian "Otter" Bailey was a pro skateboarder before a crash paralyzed him below the waist; now, he's an internationally competitive WBMX athlete and surfer.
Both will be in Boise during the Road to X Games Qualifier for a demo of their skills and of some of the recreational technologies available to people with disabilities—part of a collaboration between the Boise Parks & Recreation Department and the Challenged Athletes Foundation-Idaho.
"We couldn't be more excited to partner with this outstanding and inspiring organization," wrote Boise Parks & Recreation Director Doug Holloway about working with CAF-Idaho in a release. "Their mission aligns perfectly with our team's goal to provide recreational opportunities for people of all ages and abilities—and it's especially relevant to our Adaptive Recreation programming."
At the free demo, which will run from 5-7 p.m. on Friday, June 28, at Rhodes Skatepark, Bailey and Fotheringham will hit the park, show off a few tricks and conduct a clinic for Boise-area wheelchair athletes using WCMX chairs donated by Box Wheelchairs that will start at 6 p.m. The event begins immediately after the conclusion of the Men's Skateboard Park Qualification portion of the X Games qualifier.
"This will be a unique opportunity to witness the skill and excitement of WCMX through some of the top athletes in the world, and also a way for people of all ages and levels to see what's possible for them in this fast-growing sport," wrote CAF-Idaho Regional Director Jennifer Skeesick in a release.