Excited for Football with My Power Wheelchair

Excitement is in the air surrounding the football program at Charlotte! On August 7, I attended Charlotte Football Media Day to cover the event for the school’s newspaper, the Niner Times. It was a great day! I interviewed players and coaches, which was possible thanks to iLevel® technology on my Stretto Power Wheelchair.

Touring the Facility in My Motorized Wheelchair

When I arrived at the event, I went down an access ramp to get onto the field where the players and coaches were located. My Stretto helped me to get onto the field relatively quickly. Going down the ramp was a breeze. Once on the field, I hung out with my fellow writers until we toured the facility.

Throughout the tour, my power wheelchair made access incredibly easy, so I could see the whole facility, which is state of the art. With iLevel, I elevated my motorized wheelchair 12 inches so I could be heard when I asked the head coach questions. I felt involved in everything and wasn’t left out at all.

Interviewing the Team with iLevel

After the tour, we headed back onto the field to start interviews with players and other coaches. we needed to interview for the newspaper edition. We were positioned under a tent and had multiple players give us good quotes for the articles we needed to write. I had the pleasure

of interviewing the star defensive player Markees Watts, who looks to bounce back from an injury-ridden season a year ago. During my interview with Markees, I elevated to his height and held up my phone to record his responses to the questions I asked. Since I struggle with strength in my arms, this made it so much easier to do, and I didn’t have to strain while holding my phone. iLevel technology on my motorized wheelchair seemed to impress multiple players as well as the coaching staff.

Bryson uses iLevel on his Stretto Power Wheelchair when speaking with players

It was great to be around the 49ers football team because of how genuine the players were. Questions were asked in a round table fashion and I could ask the head coach questions about the team. The day made me super excited to see the team get back on the field in what we hope to be a “normal” season.

Taking Photos in My Stretto Power Wheelchair

I took pictures with the starting quarterback and members of the wide receiver core. Having the ability to elevate with iLevel assisted with this, and I got some outstanding photos to remember the experience. With iLevel technology on my power wheelchair, people don’t have to bend down when I take pictures with them anymore, making me feel like I am their equal.

As the assistant sports editor, it is great to be back in the swing of things with football season right around the corner. I am looking forward to going to games in person once again and being around my friends. It was great to be back on campus, being around the sport that I love. It will be a lot of fun getting to cheer on the hometown team now that I have connections with the 49ers. The football season is right around the corner, and it will be great to see what the team is capable of this year. The 49ers are ready to get back on the field and improve. Let’s go, team!

About Bryson Foster: Bryson is a Friend of Quantum and lives in North Carolina. He advocates and raises funds for the development of treatments for muscular dystrophy. He loves sports and cheers for his favorite basketball team, the North Carolina Tar Heels.

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