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California Organization Accesses Their Spirit of Ability

Honoring Access Leisure for Their Community Work

We caught up with Annie at the Sonoma Day at the Races event. Sam Schmidt, a quadriplegic and IndyCar team owner (and former driver), was present to give Access Leisure the award. Food, a tour of the track, and other race-themed goodies awaited Day at the Races attendees and Access Leisure after the ceremony.

In addition to the award, a $1,000 donation was made to the disability-related cause of Access Leisure's choice. The organization chosen was Gifts to Share, a nonprofit group that supports the City of Sacramento's park, recreation, cultural, educational, and neighborhood improvement programs and facilities.

Founded in 1966, Access Leisure has a successful career of over 50 years of service to the city.

About The Ralph W. Braun Spirit of Ability Award

The Ralph W. Braun Spirit of Ability award was created to honor individuals like and organizations like Access Leisure who make a notable difference in the lives of people with physical disabilities, often despite overwhelming odds. The award is named in honor of the late BraunAbility founder, Ralph W. Braun, who had muscular dystrophy but did not let that prevent him from inventing the first motorized scooter, wheelchair lift, and shaping a company that today is the worldwide leader of mobility equipment.

Thank you, Access Leisure, for making such a positive impact in the Golden State!

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