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ERIC Number: EJ837214
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Mar
Pages: 2
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-0046-9157
4 Wheel City
Henderson, Nancy
Exceptional Parent, v39 n3 p48-49 Mar 2009
Namel Norris and Ricardo Velasquez are two young men who had never met, yet they shared much in common. Both sustained spinal cord injuries and were in wheelchairs. Both felt shunned by the people they used to hang out with. Before his accident, Norris had been an avid basketball player and member of a rap group trying to make it in the music industry. Velasquez was a budding music producer who had emigrated with his family from Honduras three years before his shooting. The two men struck up a conversation about the hiphop business and realized they shared similar goals. In the coming months, they launched 4 Wheel Records, with Norris as solo artist and Velasquez as producer, and completed two albums. In 2006--the same year Norris earned his bachelor's degree in business management from Lehman College--the two men officially launched 4 Wheel City, a broader, non-profit movement to "inspire, educate, advocate, and entertain." The two men hope to eventually tour the globe and reach out to people with disabilities in other countries. They want to be recognized for their art, not just their wheelchairs. Their main goal is just to try and inspire people to live life to the fullest.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Honduras