From wheelchairs to hovering against 100-mph winds, iFly gives freedom and fun to those with limited mobility.
– review of the event at iFly (Davie).
The event kicked off with plenty of wonderment as event participants marveled at those flying just minutes before them, yet the joy truly magnified once they stepped into the air chamber themselves. Lunging into the safe hands of professional skydivers, Special Compass President Michael Sayih, along with several differently-abled, but adrenaline-seeking junkies literally flew out of their wheelchairs.
Michael and his best friend Richard Povian went skydiving for their 18th birthday six years ago in Palm Beach. Today, he had the opportunity to experience the same exhilaration without flying 18,000 feet and then jumping out of a plane. Even with limited movement of arms and legs, the staff at iFly were able to manipulate the extremities of all differently-abled, adventure-minded enthusiasts to enter the chamber and fly. Afterwards, iFly provided video and photo memories of that truly surreal experience. Michael plans to coordinate events at iFly for Special Compass members next month.
ABOUT SPECIAL COMPASS:
Special Compass is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to establishing a movement that creates opportunities for sport friendships, by matching runners with differently abled wheelchair participants in 5K Runs, Marathons, Obstacle Course races and Triathlons for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities.
Founded in 2016 by Jim Sayih, Special Compass is a pulsating organization that has grown from one original Broward county to Dade and Palm Beach. Today, Special Compass has established collaborative partnerships with Best Buddies International, United Cerebral Palsy and The Kyle Pease Foundation. Plans with the Miami Dolphins and Florida Panthers are in progress. As a result of the multiple and diverse races experienced, involvement with Special Compass has not only impacted the Riders but has caused a movement of Pusher/Runners “Power Buddies” to learn the joy of serving others and the fulfillment in providing movement to those who cannot propel themselves. Friendships are developed, inspirational experiences are discovered and a greater sense of purpose is realized. For more information, please visit www.SpecialCompass.org, facebook.com/SpecialCompass
For volunteer interest:
Michael Sayih Info@SpecialCompass.org