Wheelchair Palooza event draws hundreds of wheelchair users

Sep 25, 2021, 6:00 PM | Updated: 10:23 pm

SANDY, Utah — There was a large crowd and lots of cheering Saturday at a skate park in Sandy.

A professional wheelchair athlete was doing some tricks at the annual Wheelchair Palooza event.

It was canceled last year because of COVID-19 concerns.

The whole idea behind Wheelchair Palooza is to bring wheelchair users together to share stories and life tips, but most importantly, let them know they’re not alone in their struggles.

It takes skill to do the kind of skate park tricks you see on television.

Skaters at Lone Peak Park in Sandy kept trying Saturday afternoon, as they do almost every day.

What really impressed them, though, were the tricks 6-year-old Porter Greene was pulling — not so much because of his fearless attitude, but because he was doing them in his wheelchair.

“It’s just a part of me. That’s all,” he said with a shrug of his shoulders.

His chair has been a part of him his whole life.

Porter’s mother said he has a medical condition similar to spina bifida, but it has never stopped him from doing anything.

“I like going fast,” said Porter as he zoomed by.

For as many tricks as he knows, though, he saw someone at the skate park who might be able to teach him new tricks.

“Hey Wheelz, look at me,” Porter shouted.

Aaron Fotheringham, also known as Wheelz, is a well-known wheelchair athlete.

He was at the skate park Saturday, helping the Wheelchair Palooza event to be a big success.

“Seeing all these kids out here having fun in the park, riding their wheelchairs, honestly, it just warms my heart,” said Fotheringham.

It wasn’t just skating, but also sports like lacrosse and basketball, or just doing fun activities.

(Jackson Grimm) (Jackson Grimm) (Jackson Grimm) (Jackson Grimm) (Jackson Grimm) (Jackson Grimm)

“There are lots of struggles and things that we face and we go through on our own,” said Amanda King, who is the President of the Utah Adaptive Alliance. “But when we come together in groups, we meet other people and we realize we’re not alone in our struggles.”

Feeling like you’re not alone is what Wheelchair Palooza is all about.

“I’m not going to lie, when we got here, I started bawling my eyes out because I’m emotional anyways, but it was beautiful to see all these other people and meet all these other moms and parents who know what we’re going through,” said Lindsey Selcho, whose son was trying new tricks in his wheelchair.

Parents may know the challenges, but children like Porter don’t know any different. To them, they can do anything.

“If you tip over, you can get up again,” said Porter.

KSL 5 TV Live

Top Stories

Local News

The Pearsons tell KSL’s Matt Gephardt they should be reimbursed by either the airline or the onli...
Matt Gephardt and Sloan Schrage

Sandy couple Gets Gephardt after booking error left them paying out for pricy return flights

A Sandy couple bought roundtrip tickets to Hawaii, but when they discovered their return tickets were no good, they had to buy pricey replacements. When they were refused reimbursement, they decided to Get Gephardt.
1 day ago
Madison Swenson

Two sentenced in Utah gift card conspiracy, wire fraud scheme

Two foreign nationals were sentenced to prison Monday after they pleaded guilty to participating in a $217,200 gift card conspiracy and wire fraud scheme in Utah.
1 day ago
(File photo)...
Pat Reavy

Man recently paroled after a decade faces new criminal charges

A man recently paroled from prison after serving more than a decade for kidnapping is now facing new charges.
1 day ago
Traffic on Interstate 80 in Crockett, California, on June 9. The National Transportation Safety Boa...
Katija Stjepovic

Drowsy driving cases on the rise in Utah

A new AAA study shows many of us don't know how sleepy we are behind the wheel.
1 day ago
Gideon Fudim, 16, died Saturday after the vehicle he was in rolled in Juab County....
Shara Park

Spanish Fork High School student killed in crash; three other teens hurt

A community is in mourning after four Utah teens were involved in a rollover crash over the weekend in Juab County.
1 day ago
An artist's rendering of the Tampa Florida Temple. (Intellectual Reserve, Inc.)...
Madison Swenson

Important dates, rendering released for 3 Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saint temples

Open house and dedication dates for the Feather River California Temple of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints have been announced. The location of the Huehuetenango Guatemala Temple and a rendering of the Tampa Florida Temple were also released.
1 day ago

Sponsored Articles

Happy diverse college or university students are having fun on their graduation day...
BYU MBA at the Marriott School of Business

How to Choose What MBA Program is Right for You: Take this Quiz Before You Apply!

Wondering what MBA program is right for you? Take this quiz before you apply to see if it will help you meet your goals.
Close up of an offset printing machine during production...
Les Olson IT

Top 7 Reasons to Add a Production Printer to Your Business

Learn about the different digital production printers and how they can help your company save time and money.
vintage photo of lighting showroom featuring chandeliers, lamps, wall lights and mirrors...
Lighting Design

History of Lighting Design | Over 25 Years of Providing Utah With the Latest Trends and Styles

Read about the history of Lighting Design, a family-owned and operated business that paved the way for the lighting industry in Utah.
Fiber Optical cables connected to an optic ports and Network cables connected to ethernet ports...
Brian Huston, CE and Anthony Perkins, BICSI

Why Every Business Needs a Structured Cabling System

A structured cabling system benefits businesses by giving you faster processing speeds and making your network more efficient and reliable.
notebook with password notes highlighted...
PC Laptops

How to Create Strong Passwords You Can Actually Remember

Learn how you can create strong passwords that are actually easy to remember! In a short time you can create new ones in seconds.
house with for rent sign posted...
Chase Harrington, president and COO of Entrata

Top 5 Reasons You May Want to Consider Apartment Life Over Owning a Home

There are many benefits of renting that can be overshadowed by the allure of buying a home. Here are five reasons why renting might be right for you.
Wheelchair Palooza event draws hundreds of wheelchair users