SPORTS ‘N SPOKES, Abilities Expo & Cure Medical Host 2019 Wheels UP! Accessible Travel Photo Contest - Cure Medical
[Phoenix, AZ – July 31, 2019] – SPORTS ‘N SPOKES, the sports and recreation magazine of the Paralyzed Veterans of America (PVA), Abilities Expo, and Cure Medical, a leading manufacturer of intermittent catheters, have joined forces online to host the popular Wheels UP! accessible travel photo contest (formerly known as Get Out Enjoy Life) from August 5-16, 2019.


A free accessible travel guidebook containing updated Wheels UP! destinations by state can be downloaded at:

Now in its’ ninth year, the 2019 Wheels UP! accessible travel event kicks off with a photo contest and prize giveaways for participants. As part of the event, SPORTS ‘N SPOKES, Abilities Expo and Cure Medical social media pages will share daily photos of people who use wheelchairs enjoying accessible vacation spots, outdoors programs, and other activities.

The goal of the whole campaign is to encourage thousands of people with disabilities to explore their world through accessible travel and adaptive sports.wheels up canada beach

“For SPORTS `N SPOKES, the Wheels UP! event is much more than a simple photo contest. It’s a way to bring a community together and encourage people to seek out an active, healthy lifestyle while exploring the world around them.  Since 2012, when Lisa Wells and I started Get Out, Enjoy Life, one fundamental value has always held true: to always showcase our readers’ limitless spirit of adventure,” says Christopher Di Virgilio, Wheels UP! co-founder and SPORTS ‘N SPOKES Web Content Manager.

“We are thrilled to offer the Wheels UP! accessible travel photo contest to more than 100,000 families served by SPORTS ‘N SPOKES magazine and Abilities Expos, especially wheelchair users throughout the US and Canada. We hope these deserving families will love Wheels UP! accessible travel resources plus the opportunity to share their own photos as encouragement to others who want to explore their world on wheels,” Cure Medical CEO John Anderson shares.

“The Wheels UP! photo contest supports the overall mission of Abilities Expo events in a meaningful, tangible way. The Abilities Expo, whether it is our physical events or community resources online, exists to introduce opportunities that can enrich your life, especially ones that you never knew were out there,” Abilities Expo President & CEO David Korse adds.

View the full program details, rules and contest entry form at: up handcyclingA team of celebrity judges will choose the winning photos from the Wheels UP! event, lending their unique perspectives and trained eye to the contest. Photo judges include:

  • WCMX and Adaptive Surfing Superstar Christiaan “Otter” Bailey
  • iPush Foundation director and quadriplegic Chris Malcom
  • Wheelchair California 2005 and Vantage Mobility International (VMI) representative Kristina Rhoades
  • Cure Medical founder and former Reeve Foundation Board Member Bob Yant
  • Spinal Cord USA community founder Clint Cook
  • Abilities Expo host and accessible travel/mobility vehicle expert Julienne Dallara
  • Able Outdoors Magazine founder and quadriplegic Chad Waligura

wheels up team adaptive sportsContest participants may submit photos of related sports activities, family vacations, and weekend outings to be considered for one of four Grand Prizes.  Residents of the USA and Canada are eligible for prizes.

Wheels UP! photo contest winners will receive:

Winning photo lands the front cover of the November 2019 SPORTS `N SPOKES. Five issues of November 2019 SPORTS `N SPOKES magazine. $1,000 Southwest Airlines E-Gift Card (See for rules and restrictions)

Winning photo will appear in the November 2019 SPORTS `N SPOKES Final Frame. Three issues of the November 2019 SPORTS `N SPOKES magazine. A $1,000 gift card from AMS Vans.

Winning photo will appear in the “Someone You Should Know” segment on, Two issues of the November 2019 SPORTS `N SPOKES magazine,  $200 gift card from At Home Medical

Honorable Mention Winner
Winning photo will appear on social media pages, One issue of the November 2019 SPORTS `N SPOKES, An EZ-Access portable folding ramp (a $300 value)

The Wheels UP! photo contest begins on August 5, 2019 and ends August 16, 2019.

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Follow the SPORTS ‘N SPOKES, Abilities Expo and Cure Medical social pages on Facebook and Instagram to join the fun and enter your photo for a chance to win!

Wheels UP! event partners include AMS Vans, At Home Medical, Cure Medical, PVA Publications, Abilities Expo and many other supporters that will be recognized throughout the program.