Adaptive athletes launch and#8216;250,000 pushesand#8217; to support South Pole expedition | SierraSun.com

Adaptive athletes launch and#8216;250,000 pushesand#8217; to support South Pole expedition

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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.
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TAHOE/TRUCKEE, Calif. and#8212; On Jan. 17, 2012 adaptive athlete Grant Korgan will and#8220;pushand#8221; the limits and himself in a sit ski 100 miles across the frozen Antarctic landscape to the most inhospitable place on the planet and#8212; the South Pole. This chosen date for and#8220;The Pushand#8221; marks the 100-year anniversary when Captain F. Scottand#8217;s Terra Nova expedition set foot on this remote terrain.

To support the historic expedition The Push team is launching the and#8220;250,000 Strokesand#8221; fundraiser. Grant estimates that it will require 250,000 arm strokes to propel himself 100 miles to the South Pole. The team is selling and#8220;pushesand#8221; for $10 each and are available for purchase on The Push website at http://www.SouthPolePush.com. Pushes are also available via Crowd Rise at http://www.CrowdRise.com/250000pushes-tothesouthpole.

According to Grant, and#8220;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.and#8221;

and#8220;Both children and adults can feel part of this journey and#8212; Grantand#8217;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,and#8221; 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.

and#8220;The Pushand#8221; 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 http://www.HighFivesFoundation.org. According to Roy Tuscany, co-founder and president of the High Fives Non-Profit Foundation, and#8220;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.and#8221;

and#8220;The Pushand#8221; is also in support of The Reeve and#8211; 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 http://www.reeve.uci.edu.

To learn about sponsorship opportunities and follow and#8220;The Pushand#8221; journey visit http://www.southpolepush.com.