Category Archives: Adaptive Sports

27 Years of the Americans With Disabilities Act

Department of Justice seal On July 26, 2017, the Department of Justice published “27 Years of the Americans with Disabilities Act,” and Nick was so busy hanging out at the Ability Fest in Fort Collins, that he forgot to remind all of the Nicksters and you, his followers!
So, in a time of political uncertainty and tension, we here at AiA would like you to know that because of this piece of legislation 27 years ago, Nick is able to enjoy a quality of life from simple breathing, nourishment, outdoor water sports, to community speaking events like his 2015 TEDxFrontRange speech, or taking an evening  “roll” through the neighborhood as the sun sets.
Thank you ADA, former President George HW Bush, and all your proponents in Congress.  You and the folks who adhered to the law made an incredibly positive change in our world and are what being awesome is all about!  Awesome in Action

Ripple Effect Helps Awesome in Action introduce Ninja Nick!

Up block, Up block, side block, side block, punch, punch…..

 

 

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Last month, Nick and his job coach had the pleasure of including several students in the production of a promotional video for Awesome in Action. Working with students at Ripple Effect in a real live classroom setting helped Nick and his Awesome in Action team realize just how dedicated these individuals are. In this black belt immersion program, students are extremely disciplined and astonishingly talented.

 

 

Although we had a blast, it was a  challenge to persevere through several hours of filming.

 

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All involved had to remain focused and give it their best in order to create the best shots for the film.  For the younger actors, this was especially tough!

 

 

Thank you to all of the film participants, You were all great actors, and we loved working with each and every one of you!

 

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Special kudos and thanks, to “ninja Nick” (Nate Zwisler, who will be 12 in July), who had quite the work out during the battle scene.

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Nick and his team had so much fun watching Nate battle 3 adult instructors, and pile them on top of each other over and over again for the film! We got tired of counting the number of takes that were filmed of this scene, but Nate NEVER got tired! He is a very resilient and hard working karate master!

 

 

 

 

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Hiya! Nate always had a strong finishing battle cry!

 

 

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Nick  especially loved chasing Nate down in his own battle at the end of the filming session.

 

We are so excited to see THAT epic battle footage!

 

 

 

 

We are lucky to utilize the experienced and talented videographer, Jamie Peak, and her team. Jamie worked hard with all involved to get the shots she needed for her video creation.

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In addition, Cindy Peak, a director and actress in the Encore! Encore! organization, is working with Awesome in Action as the director in this soon-to-be released quality short film!

 

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Nick says he feels “honored, happy, and proud,” that these two great organizations and all the amazing people within them have teamed up to help him bring to life a vision that he has been talking about for over a year!