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Magee Rehabilitation Hospital’s wheelchair athletes compete around the country in several adaptive sports such as rugby, tennis, basketball, and soccer…all played in gymnasiums.

But on Sunday, September 27, they’ll be hitting the beach at Rambler Road in Wildwood Crest, New Jersey as participants in They Will Surf Again, a free, one-day event that gets people with spinal cord injuries into the ocean and riding waves with the help of volunteers and special, adaptive surf boards and equipment.

They Will Surf Again is the flagship program of Life Rolls On, a non-profit that serves as a resource and advocate for young people whose lives have been affected by spinal cord injury (SCI). Life Rolls On utilizes action sports to push the boundary of possibility for those with SCIs.

“When Magee’s wheelchair sports program was approached about participating in the surfing event September 27, I was really excited,” said Magee’s wheelchair sports coordinator, AJ Nanayakkara, who uses a wheelchair as a result of a spinal cord injury received while practicing karate. “Not only do we enjoy participating in sports, but we believe in the improvement in quality of life wheelchair sports gives us mentally, physically and socially. So, any chance to serve as advocates for wheelchair sports, and have some fun while doing it, we want to be a part of. Life Rolls On is a great organization and I encourage people with spinal cord injuries to join us and try something new.”

Occupational, physical and recreational therapists from Magee have also signed up to volunteer their expertise, helping surfers in and out of the water.

To find out more about They will Surf Again, or Life Rolls On, visit LifeRollsOn.org.


Magee Rehabilitation Hospital, founded in 1958, is a 96-bed specialty medical rehabilitation hospital providing physical and cognitive rehabilitation services. Magee’s flagship facility is located in Center City Philadelphia. In addition to the main campus that offers comprehensive services for spinal cord injury, brain injury, stroke, orthopedic replacement, amputation, pain management and work injury, Magee provides an expanding out-patient network serving the surrounding communities. In 1985, Magee’s brain injury rehabilitation program became the first in the nation to be accredited by the Commission on the Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities. Magee partnered with Jefferson Hospital to create one of the nation’s 14 federally designated centers for spinal cord injury rehabilitation. Magee has been rated one of America’s leading rehabilitation hospitals by U.S. News&World Report. Magee provides treatment to more than 5,000 individuals annually. Magee is authorized to treat wounded military personnel returning from war. Magee is not an Obligated Group Affiliate.

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