Hello to all my loyal blog readers! I wanted to take a moment and catch up with you. In my last blog we had just lost in the finals of the EuroCup. After spending a few days to soak up sun in the South of France and let the bruises heal, it was time to return home for a busy docket of foundation events.
Currently I'm back in the United States getting ready to fly over the "big pond" again and head to Madrid for two of my camps with Estudiantes! I'm taking a advantage of a few mins of downtime as I wait for the hand controls to be adjusted in my car at Advanced Wheels. The majority of time I've been home has been either promoting my foundation via media interviews or recruiting athletes from other cities to RMF stateside camps.
Watch my interview with FOX CT here: http://fox61.com/2015/06/11/ryan-martin-ct-native-and-pro-wheelchair-basketball-player/
In part due to the generosity of Advanced Wheels and them providing a rental vehicle, within three weeks we were able to do mini wheelchair basketball clinics in New York, New Jersey, and Massachusetts (Boston and Springfield)!
It has been awesome to work with several athletes over the past weeks and we look forward to seeing many of them in our camps in Boston, Philadelphia, and Windsor, CT. After several years of camps, the foundation has grown to larger facilities with the emergence of new sponsors that have allowed us to work with more athletes, while staying true to the vision of offering elite camps free of charge.
With things well in hand for our stateside camps. I've jumped a red-eye flight from Boston to Madrid, where we will begin our second year of camps in Spain with ACB team Estudiantes! These camps are alway exciting to work with some Spain's upcoming talent as they prepare for the under 22 Spanish championship.
Madrid camp has been awesome, more kids than last year (our first time RMF did a camp abroad). A unique aspect to this camp is we do the camp alongside of the able-bodied athletes.This creates great dialogue about adaptive sports and changes the non-disabled athlete's paradigm as to what an athlete with a disability can do!
The measure of this unquantifiable, but it's my home and a part of my foundation's mission to change paradigms in the realm of adaptive sports and plant seeds for changes off the court as well. We are wrapping our 2nd camp up by the time you read this and will be returning stateside to complete our 2015 Summer schedule! Next up will be our Connecticut camp and 3rd annual Hall of Fame game!
Once again thanks for the continued support of this blog! Feel free to continue to reach out with questions and I will dedicate an upcoming blog as a mailbag.
Hasta la proxima! I will leave you with some pictures of Madrid!