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Jamie Rizzo

Jamie Rizzo

Jamie Rizzo likes to have fun. He was born with spina bifida and uses a wheelchair to get around, but that certainly doesn’t slow him down. In fact, his wheelchair has become a tool to do wheelies and amazing tricks, like 360s and bouncing side to side. Some of that inspiration comes from his admiration of Aaron Fotheringham, a world renowned wheelchair motocross athlete. Jamie is courageous and likes to put himself “out there,” not only with wheelchair stunts, but also doing activities like karaoke and participating in Phamaly Theater Company events. “I use my voice to show what people with disabilities are capable of, and to tell them it’s not all bad," Jamie says, "People see me and stereotype me—they think I can’t do a lot because I use a wheelchair. I try to be very independent in many ways, and I try to be awesome at things like karaoke.” Incidentally, he placed second in our chapter’s Karaoke Night last March. If you are fortunate enough to meet Jamie, ask him about why he loves sharks!

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