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.

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.


Sam Schmidt Paralysis Foundation



 $10 Million Prize for Significant, Functional Recovery in Spinal Cord Injury Patients

Spinal Cord Injury (SCI) Challenge Program

The Sam Schmidt Paralysis Foundation is preparing to launch a spinal cord injury (SCI) Challenge Program which ultimately looks to award a $10 million prize to team(s) that can reach unprecedented improvement in functionality of people living with chronic SCI.

The 10-year Challenge has been designed with the help of 40 of the world's leading SCI researchers and provides a set of supporting prizes and grants to guide innovators towards this final goal.

We are now preparing to launch the fundraising stage of the initiative. More detailed information on the Challenge Program will be available soon. If you would like to contact us, please email