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April 21, 2014
Join us for the 2014 Racing to Recovery Luau!

Dario Franchitti to be honored with Legendary Driver Award
The Sam Schmidt Paralysis Foundation (SSPF) will host the 15th annual Racing to Recovery Gala Saturday, May 24, 2014 at the Lucas Oil Estate in Carmel.

April 10, 2014
Sam Schmidt still defying odds


He stands as a testament to the unlimited power of the mind and the heart, proof that no obstacle can prevent one from having an impactful life.

March 17, 2014
Wheelchair netters serve up inspired play


For a special group of tennis players, it’s all about perseverance and determination in the face of adversity.


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April 21, 2014
Join us for the 2014 Racing to Recovery Luau!
Dario Franchitti to be honored with Legendary Driver Award

The Sam Schmidt Paralysis Foundation (SSPF) will host the 15th annual Racing to Recovery Gala Saturday, May 24, 2014 at the Lucas Oil Estate in Carmel.  The Gala will begin with a Hawaiian luau and auction at 4 p.m., followed by the award presentation at 5 p.m. and a dance party until 10 p.m. During the event, SSPF founder Sam Schmidt will present the 2014 Legendary Driver Award to Dario Franchitti, the four-time Verizon IndyCar Series champion and three-time Indianapolis 500 winner who retired from racing last year....   more→


April 10, 2014
Sam Schmidt still defying odds

He stands as a testament to the unlimited power of the mind and the heart, proof that no obstacle can prevent one from having an impactful life.

14 years after his winter testing accident in Orlando, read more about Sam Schmidt’s incredible journey here.

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March 17, 2014
Wheelchair netters serve up inspired play

For a special group of tennis players, it’s all about perseverance and determination in the face of adversity. Talented wheelchair athletes routinely take to the courts at the Frank Veltri Tennis Center in Plantation and George English Park in Fort Lauderdale.   Bob Cooper (Frank Veltri) and Jennifer Wiley (George English) recently started this activity at their respective facilities, with an assist from the United States Tennis Association'...   more→


January 22, 2014
Spinal cord injuries in young people

Spinal cord injuries often involve young people but few teens and college students understand the potentially life-threatening risks that come with playing many popular sports. Read more here.

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December 23, 2013
Saving Children's Spines

San Diego, California (NAPSI) - While between 1,500 to 2,000 children and adolescents sustain spinal cord injuries every year, you can help keep your kids out of such statistics. The spinal cord is the bundle of nerves inside the backbone. It controls voluntary actions-moving arms or legs and involuntary actions digestion or breathing....   more→


November 20, 2013
Check out this story of inspiration!
Teen determined to walk again after spinal cord injury

A Kansas teenager is walking again after suffering a football injury in September. Watch the inspiring story from KAKE-TV or visit the Team Anthony Crump Facebook page to learn more about his journey.

 

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July 19, 2013
Breathtaking driving experience will kick off 8th annual SSPF Racing to Recovery Golf Tournament!
South Shore Golf Club and Exotics Racing School to host 2-day event

The Sam Schmidt Paralysis Foundation (SSPF) will host its 8th annual Racing to Recovery Golf Tournament November 3 and 4, at Las Vegas Motor Speedway and South Shore Golf Club in Henderson.   The evening before the tournament, SSPF will host a special pre-golf party where Exotics Racing School will give guests the chance to drive their dream car around the Las Vegas Motor Speedway track....   more→


May 23, 2013
2013 Racing to Recovery Gala
Photo recap

Check out photos from Wednesday’s event at IndyStar.com!

 

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May 18, 2013
Racing memorabilia, trips and more to be auctioned at SSPF fundraiser!
Tickets still available for Wednesday's Racing to Recovery Gala

Interested in a Napa Valley wine tasting trip? A behind-the-scenes walrus tour at the zoo? How about an Indiana Pacers basketball signed by ABA legends including Mel Daniels, George McGinnis and Bobby “Slick” Leonard? These are just a few of the dozens of items that will go on the auction block next Wednesday, May 22, at the annual Racing to Recovery Gala in downtown Indianapolis....   more→


April 9, 2013
SSPF to honor Al Speyer at Racing to Recovery Gala
Tickets available now for star-studded Indy event

The Sam Schmidt Paralysis Foundation (SSPF) announces it will host the 14th annual Racing to Recovery Gala Wednesday, May 22, at The Crane Bay in downtown Indianapolis.  The Gala will begin at 6:30 p.m. During the event, SSPF founder Sam Schmidt will present the 2013 Legends of Racing Award to Al Speyer, executive director of Firestone Racing....   more→


April 9, 2013
A Wounded Warrior's ambitious plan
Helping SCI families make a fresh start

Gary Harris of Gainesville, Florida, first met Sam Schmidt while he and ten of his fellow Wounded Warriors were Sam’s guests at the Honda Grand Prix in St. Petersburg. Gary is someone you would call a fighter. A decorated veteran of the Iraq War, his time as an aircraft firefighter in the U.S. Navy set him up for an even bigger battle when he returned home....   more→


April 9, 2013
Important information for people with spinal cord injuries
Applying for Social Security Disability with paralysis

By Ram Meyyappan, www.socialsecurity-disability.org  Paralysis can result from various circumstances. It may be caused by an accident or injury or may be associated with a disease or disorder. Regardless of cause however, paralysis is always due to nerve damage, and dependent upon the extent of the paralysis and the area(s) of the body affected, you may qualify for Social Security Disability (SSD) benefits....   more→


April 4, 2013
Thousands raised in 4th annual Honda Grand Prix Run, Walk 'N Wheelathon

Over 700 runners, walkers and wheelers participated March 22nd in the Honda Grand Prix of St. Petersburg 5K Run, Walk 'N Wheelathon, presented by Trim Nutrition. The fourth annual event raised over $31,000 to benefit the Sam Schmidt Paralysis Foundation and PBA/Suncoast Law Enforcement Charities.Participants had the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to run, walk or wheel their way around the very course that the stars of the IZOD IndyCar Series competed on during the March 24 season-opening race....   more→


March 8, 2013
Date set for 2013 Racing to Recovery Gala!
Event will honor Al Speyer with the Legends of Racing Award

The Sam Schmidt Paralysis Foundation is pleased to announce the 2013 Racing to Recovery Gala will take place Wednesday, May 22, 2013 at the Crane Bay in Indianapolis. Keep checking here for more details as we get closer to the event. For ticket and sponsorship information, email: events@samschmidt.org...   more→


March 8, 2013
Register now for the Honda Grand Prix 5K Run, Walk 'N Wheelathon
Experience every turn and straightaway as you run right on the track!

Registration is open for the fourth annual Honda Grand Prix of St. Petersburg 5K Run, Walk 'N Wheelathon. The event will take place Friday, March 22, as part of festivities surrounding the IZOD IndyCar Series season-opener. Trim Nutrition, official nutrition partner for the IZOD IndyCar Series and Firestone Indy Lights and a leader in wellness supplements and sustained energy products, is the presenting sponsor of the event....   more→


November 28, 2011
GETTIN' IT DONE: COREY C, MASTER OF EMPATHY

Indycar driver Davey Hamilton at the track with Corey C. Many of the people featured in our column, “Gettin’ It Done”, are newsmakers whose accomplishments are covered in print or online. Despite their physical challenges they travel the world, climb mountains, or succeed in business or extreme sports....   more→


November 27, 2011
80's BRIT STARS "THE ENGLISH BEAT" PERFORM IN CONCERT TO BENEFIT THE SAM SCHMIDT PARALYSIS FOUNDATION

A special concert featuring The English Beat was held on October 16 at the House of Blues at the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino in Las Vegas to benefit the Sam Schmidt Paralysis Foundation. Dan Wheldon helped to organize the concert.  Although Dan had been tragically killed in a racing accident earlier that day, it was felt that the concert he had worked to present should go on in his honor....   more→


November 26, 2011
UNSURPASSED SCENERY AND LAS VEGAS SUNSHINE AT THE 6TH ANNUAL RACING TO RECOVERY GOLF TOURNAMENT
Foundation supporters help raise over $176,000 to benefit paralysis patients, scientific research

  The Sam Schmidt Paralysis Foundation’s 6th Annual Racing to Recovery Golf Tournament was held on November 17, 2011 at Southern Highlands Golf Club in Las Vegas, Nevada, one of the most exclusive clubs in Las Vegas. The course is one of only four in the world co-designed by the late Robert Trent Jones Sr. and his son Robert Trent Jones Jr....   more→


November 18, 2011
NEW 2012 IZOD INDYCAR SERIES CALENDAR NOW AVAILABLE TO ORDER
Proceeds benefit 3 charities, including the Sam Schmidt Paralysis Foundation

  United Medical Providers, Inc. (UMP) is proud to announce the release of the official 2012 IZOD IndyCar wall calendar. For the first time in history, proceeds of the calendar will benefit three racing-related charities: Sam Schmidt Paralysis Foundation, Racing for Kids and Racing for Cancer. By purchasing the popular calendar, fans are doing their part to support all three organizations....   more→


November 10, 2011
ZERO ONE ODYSSEYS OFF-ROADING ADVENTURE FUNDRAISER
Nearly $3,000 raised to benefit SSPF

  Ever wonder what’s beyond the hills and city lights of Las Vegas?  Hidden in the fringe, the beauty and fun of the Mojave Desert beckons. Zero One Odysseys is a popular Las Vegas tour company specializing in unique off-road rally adventures and access to breathtaking sights and historic but forgotten desert towns....   more→


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