BORP E-News – Fall 2013

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BORP E-News - Fall 2013

In This Issue:

Message from the ED

Revolution Wrap-Up

Upcoming Events

Fitness Center News

Transportation News

Moving On Up

XIX Goalball Tournament

New Board Members

Save the Date

The 12th Annual BORP Revolution Ride will be on:

Sept. 27, 2014

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Meet the newest
members of the
BORP staff:

 India HarvilleIndia Harville – Fitness Center Coordinator.  Prior to joining the BORP team, India’s experience in the fitness industry ranged from teaching fitness classes for several diverse populations, to providing administrative staffing for dance/fitness studios, to owning and running a wellness/fitness center. India is deeply committed to seeing more diversity, accessibility, and disability conscientiousness in the fitness industry.   India holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Health Psychology from New College of Florida and a Master’s Degree in Integrative Medicine from the California Institute of Integral Studies (CIIS).  India continues to both teach and take as many dance/movement classes as she can.  When she is not at work or dancing, she enjoys cooking, reading, and being surrounded by trees.

Sarah-DawnSarah-Dawn SmithTransportation Coordinator. Sarah-Dawn is from the Bay Area originally but has spent the last 10 years away from home attending Brigham Young University, traveling and working contract driving jobs.  She majored in Sociology and Communications while working with and advocating for adults with physical disabilities.  When she wasn’t studying or working you could find her in in the mountains camping, snowboarding, or rock climbing.  During summer breaks from school she attained a Class B Commercial Driver License (CDL) and drove tour buses in Alaska.  After receiving her degree she furthered her education at United Truck Driving School for a Class A CDL.  That began her exciting career driving cross country as an Auto-Transporter (the large trucks with 9 cars stacked on the trailer), and an Alaska summer tour driver. Sarah-Dawn is happy to be back in the Bay Area and is excited to apply her knowledge of the transportation industry at BORP.

Audra HigbeeAudra HigbeeAmericorps Cycling Assistant.  Audra is a Bay Area native, born and raised in Antioch. A recent graduate of San Jose State University she majored in Recreation Therapy. Through a year-long AmeriCorps program, Audra is assisting at the Adaptive Cycling Center at BORP as well as helping out with the Adventures and Outings Program. Audra was drawn to BORP due to the great programs offered to the disability community as well as the organization’s outstanding reputation among the rehabilitation community.  Outside of work Audra enjoys cooking, reading, spending time with friends and family and going on leisurely bike rides.
Jessica RosneyJessica RosneyAmericorps Adventures and Outings Program Assistant. Jessica has a B.A. in Cultural Anthropology from Rutgers University. She came to the Bay Area from New Jersey after finishing college in May of this year. Through a year-long program with AmeriCorps she is assisting the Adventures and Outings Program as well as helping out at the Adaptive Cycling Center.  In her free time she likes to hike, camp, read, and bake.

BORP Board of Directors

John Ormsby
Development Director, Black Pine Circle School

Vice President
Karla Gilbride, Esq.
Associate, Mehri & Skalet, PLLC

Yaron Lipshitz
Managing Director, Ridgecrest Capital Partners

Aydan Aysoy
Disability Rights Advocate

Matt Grigorieff
‘Fitness-for-All’ Coordinator, U.C. Berkeley

Eric Hoffmann
Senior Vice President, Moody’s Investor Services

Sam Marks
Staff, Schneider Wallace Law;
BORP Alumni; Youth Assistant Coach

Cynthia Noonan
Community Volunteer; BORP Participant

Alan Spector
Chief Executive Officer, Marin Sailing School;
Management Consultant

Honorary Board of Directors

Richard Bennett, Esq.
Senior Partner, Law Firm of Bennett & Johnson

Cheri Blauwet
Harvard Medical School Resident;
Paralympic Gold Medalist


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Message from the Executive Director

Taking BORP into the FutureExecutive Director Rick Smith
Dear BORP Fan,

During the last nine months the Board and staff at BORP have been engaged in a process around considering BORP’s future.   As part of the process we have reached out to many of our participants to find out what they think, and their feedback has been very helpful as we think about strategic directions for BORP.  Several key ideas have emerged that will be central to BORP’s future development.

Our overall goal is to increase our reach into the universe of people with physical disabilities and to have increased effectiveness toward our mission:  to improve the health, independence, and social integration of people with physical and visual disabilities of all ages through participation in sports, recreation and fitness activities.

  • A handful of themes have been identified: In order to grow our program reach, we need to add internal program delivery capacity including adding greater bilingual capacity, volunteer coordination, transportation support, and data management.  We also need to work strategically to penetrate our public schools by creating partnerships with their athletics programs.


  • We want to have a true “home base” where all of our teams practice and play, equipment is housed, tournaments are hosted, trophy cases and signage is maintained, and a place where teams and parents can have gatherings and meetings.


  • We need to attain much greater visibility (inside and outside of the disability world) through the development and execution of stronger marketing efforts and by utilizing emerging media and communication channels (e.g., Facebook, Twitter, & our BORP website).


  • Be connected to and supported by one of the Bay Area professional sports teams or by one or more well known Bay Area professional athletes.


  • And, of course, like all successful nonprofit organizations we need to keep developing our capacity to raise funds to support our future vision

BORP has developed into one of the most respected adaptive sports and recreation programs in the world.  We were at the forefront of a movement to include people with disabilities in sports and recreation activities and continue to break new ground with programs like our Fitness Center and our growing Adaptive Cycling program.  As always, there is so much more that is possible.  Over the next few years we will be guided by this vision.  As always we welcome your ideas and thoughts as we work to fulfill our mission for more and more people.

Rick Smith
Executive Director

11th Annual Revolution Wrap Up

The 11th Annual Revolution Ride and Festival took place on September 28, 2013 on a beautiful day in the Sonoma County wine country.  Many thanks to the 300+ cyclists, volunteers, staff and guests who came together at the Trentadue Winery in 2013-Rev-logo---blue-lettersGeyserville, CA  to ride, eat, and celebrate this fantastic day of cycling and celebration.  All told the Revolution raised over $150,000 for BORP’s adaptive sports and recreation programs.

Save the date for next year’s 12th Annual Revolution Ride on September 27, 2014.

Check out photos (like the one below) from the 11th Annual Rev online at our fabulous photographer, Scot Goodman’s website.

A fleet of adaptice cycles in front of a vineyad at the 2013 Revolution Ride

Upcoming Events

triptych of BORP Wheelchair basketball, Goalball, and Sled Hockey athletes

December 7, 10am – 5:30pm – BORP Goalball Invitational #19
at James Kenney Recreation Center, 1720 8th Street (@ Virginia Street), Berkeley, CA
December 8, 1-5pm – BORP Holiday Party at the Ed Roberts Campus
Stay tuned for upcoming details including potluck signups, entertainment, raffles and prizes!  Be sure to dig out your finest and/or funkiest holiday sweaters, vests and hats!
December 9Equal access day at the de Young Museum featuring David Hockney: A Bigger Exhibition – Program fee: $10. Deadline: Nov. 15. Hockney is a British artist who uses various visual mediums, techniques and styles and is renown for his large scale works.
December 15 – Adventures and Outings Cosumnes River Preserve Hike.  The Cosumnes River Preserve in Galt, considered one of the most important ecological areas in California, safeguards the area’s wetlands and neighboring uplands as well as hundreds of plant and bird species.  Deadline to register: Dec. 1. Contact Lori Gray at 510-843-4398 (after 10am, please)

BORP Fitness Center News

The sun rises over a mug of tea on a yoga matWhat do you think of when you think of transitioning from summer to fall?  Warm sweaters?  Apple Cider?  Halloween?  At the BORP Fitness Center we are thinking about the importance of self care this season, delicious healthy warming foods, more indoor workouts, and beginning to get reflective about the end of another year.  Stay tuned for an open house at the Fitness Center where you can meet India Harville, the new Fitness Center Coordinator!


Easy Self Care Tip: Dry Body Brushing

It may sound strange, but dry body brushing is especially great during the colder weather months – it improves circulation, helps the body flush toxins, improves the tone of the skin, improves the immune system, is a easy and inexpensive exfoliant, and it feels really good!

Here’s how:

  1. Use a natural bristle brush – no synthetic or nylon bristles.  A long-handled brush can help you reach more of your body.
  2. Starting at your ankles, gently brush your skin in a circular motion and gradually move up towards your heart.
  3. Shower immediately afterwards to wash away dead skin cells.
  4. Follow up with a good moisturizer.

Featured Class for the Fall

Getting too cold to cycle or jog outside? Looking for a way to challenge your body with something new? Join us in the warm and cozy Fitness Center for Upper Body Strengthening with Katie Mayers on Fridays at 12:30PM-1:30PM.  Strengthen your arms, core and tushy too!  Ou’ll have so much fun you might even forget you’re working out!  This class is accessible for all body types and all fitness levels.  Come join the fun!

Time to Get Reflective

The BORP Fitness Center is excited to launch a meditation group on Tuesday evenings from 5:15PM-6:15PM starting November 12th.  Come meet other people who want to meditate together in this peer lead meditation group.  It begins with a welcome and introduction to meditation, then everyone meditates for 20-30 minutes, and it closes with a gratitude circle.  This class is offered on a donation basis, no one turned away for lack of funds.  All proceeds to benefit the Fitness Center.  Take some time to slow down and recharge yourself, you deserve it!

We look forward to seeing you at the Fitness Center soon!

BORP Transportation

Hiking the beach trails around San Francisco, wine and cheese tasting in Sonoma, taking a powerA BORP bus parked on the street soccer team to a tournament in Hayward, picking up passengers at the Oakland Airport and zipping around Berkeley with the BORP Cycling and Basketball kids; this is a day in the life of a BORP bus! BORP has three vehicles: two buses equipped with accessible lifts and a 15 passenger van.  Currently we have a roster of four experienced drivers whose knowledge of the local routes and regions we serve combined with their helpful attitudes and commitment to keeping our participants safe make them an invaluable part of the BORP team.

Between our drivers’ detailed vehicle inspections and our partner Bay Area Bus Repair’s assistance we are able to maintain safe and reliable transportation for BORP activities year round.  Our vehicles have assisted participants on over 1,200 small trips this year!  We offer a shuttle from Ashby BART to the BORP Adaptive Cycling Center on Tuesdays and often have outings on Thursdays. Weekend activities with our Youth Sports and Adventures and Outings Programs keep the buses busy.

Alameda CTC logoBORP’s accessible group trip transportation service is made possible by a grant from Alameda County Transportation Commission (Measure B funds). This grant is aimed at improving the mobility of people with disabilities and increasing access to sports and recreation activities by supplementing conventional fixed route service and addressing the current gap in accessible group trip options for youth and adults with disabilities in Alameda County.  More information about this project can be found at: or at

In addition to providing transportation service to BORP participants, we also offer a fee-for-service Group Trip Service option with discounted rates for nonprofits.  We have been able to serve the Jr. Blind of America, Children’s Skin Disease Foundation, and Center for Independent Living to name a few.  If you are planning a group trip and want information on how a BORP bus could help with your transportation needs, contact BORP Transportation Coordinator Sarah-Dawn Smith at or call (510) 849-4663 x 1378.

We’re Moving… Upstairs

Moving boxes with BORP logo on side
BORP’s administrative offices are temporarily moving upstairs to suite 280 in the Ed Roberts Campus.  Various renovations and improvements are being made to a number of suites in the ERC and while work is being done on our  future permanent office in the ERC, we will share a suite with our friends at the World Institute on Disability (WID) until early January 2014.

All BORP staff phone numbers will remain the same during our relocation.  Mail addressed to BORP will continue to be received at suite 155.

BORP Goalball Invitational #19

Saturday, December 7 – 10:00 AM – 5:30 PM

A goalball player makes a save

at the James Kenney Recreation Center, 1720 8th Street (@ Virginia Street) in Berkeley.

Come see the top teams in Northern California battle for the coveted BORP Goalball Championship title! Admission is FREE.

Thanks to our XIX Goalball Tournament sponsors:
CamelBak, Innovative Interfaces, Nakashima Fine Arts, Ikeda/Greenwood Family, Sue Johnson Custom Lamps & Shades, Vision Faire Optometry, Hayward Auto Care, Scot Goodman Photography, Zander Associates Environmental Consultants

Changes to the BORP Board of Directors

BORP recently welcomed three new members to the Board of Directors and bid farewell to four The BORP boardroomlongtime members.  Welcome to Matt Grigorieff, Cythnia Noonan, and Alan Spector.  All of us at BORP are pleased to have them “aboard”!  And many thanks to Arthur Combs, Markham Connolly, Scott Herring, and Michael Moriarty for their contributions and service to BORP.  You will be missed!
Meet the new Board Members:

Cynthia NoonanCynthia Noonan is a transplanted Jersey Girl who was lured to the beauty of the Bay Area in 2001. After her spinal cord injury in 2007, Cynthia began participating in BORP’s cycling program and was hooked.

With a background in non-profit administration, Cynthia looks forward to helping BORP sustain current programs and achieve even more outreach and growth.

When not cycling, Cynthia enjoys exploring the accessible (and not so accessible) trails of California with her husband, Trevor.


Al SpectorAl Spector has a professional background including corporate management, social entrepreneurship, and sports coaching.  He is the founder/lead instructor of the Marin Sailing School and its Program for the Blind, an organization that trains blind and visually-impaired students to sail and race sailboats.

Al has an MBA (Lake Forest), a JD (University of Colorado), and a BA in Economics (University of California-Berkeley). He is a licensed sea captain (USCG 100-ton), and a member of the State Bar of Colorado and the State Bar of Illinois.

His other interests include baseball (as second baseman for the San Francisco Seals in a Bay Area men’s league), foreign languages, downhill skiing, carpentry, and most of all, caring for his family, Anna and Gabriel, in Sausalito, California.


Matt Grigorieff Matt Grigorieff is currently a U.C. Berkeley graduate student in the Department of Education who is researching the intersections of sports, disability, and post-secondary educational policy. He is the Coordinator of the “Fitness-For-All” project at U.C. Berkeley, which has collaborated with BORP and other partners to create curriculum to educate students about the intersection of sports and disability.

Before transferring to U.C. Berkeley, Matt assisted in setting up an adapted P.E. program at Irvine Valley Community College.  He currently serves as a Delegate in the U.C. Berkeley Graduate Assembly student government and is actively lobbying the campus to improve services and financial support for the disability community.