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Adaptive athletes launch ‘250,000 pushes’ to support South Pole expedition

Special to the Sun
Keoki Flagg/Submitted to aedgett@sierrasun.comTwo adaptive athletes, Grant Korgan, left, and John Davis, right, trained in Lake Tahoe last summer for a South Pole expedition, Jan. 17, 2012.

TAHOE/TRUCKEE, Calif. – On Jan. 17, 2012 adaptive athlete Grant Korgan will “push” the limits and himself in a sit ski 100 miles across the frozen Antarctic landscape to the most inhospitable place on the planet – the South Pole. This chosen date for “The Push” marks the 100-year anniversary when Captain F. Scott’s Terra Nova expedition set foot on this remote terrain.

To support the historic expedition The Push team is launching the “250,000 Strokes” fundraiser. Grant estimates that it will require 250,000 arm strokes to propel himself 100 miles to the South Pole. The team is selling “pushes” for $10 each and are available for purchase on The Push website at Pushes are also available via Crowd Rise at

According to Grant, “The goal of the expedition is to demonstrate that people from all walks of life can accomplish seemingly impossible goals. We hope to inspire everyone to push their limits and live up to their ultimate potential. This fundraiser allows the general public to be a part of this quest.”

“Both children and adults can feel part of this journey – Grant’s journey to the South Pole, and all of our journeys to push our personal limits. Sponsoring a stroke provides a unique, special connection to Grant, the team, and the project mission,” said Executive Producer Patrick Rivelli.

The expedition and lead-up training will all be professionally filmed for a TV show and documentary film with release expected October 2012.

“The Push” is in support of the High Fives Foundation, a nonprofit organization whose mission is to help winter athletes suffering life-altering injuries get back on their feet, and ideally, back to their sport. Learn more at According to Roy Tuscany, co-founder and president of the High Fives Non-Profit Foundation, “Roughly 12,000 people suffer from paralysis every year. With that a combination of positive support, activity based rehab and research are the keys to recovery.”

“The Push” is also in support of The Reeve – Irvine Research Center, a basic science research facility at University of California, Irvine devoted to the study of repair, regeneration, and recovery of function after spinal cord injury. Learn more at

To learn about sponsorship opportunities and follow “The Push” journey visit