Papa Roach -Born for Greatness featuring Jen Bricker
Born without legs, Jen's biological parents left her at the hospital. One would think she would be destined for a life of hardship. However, the hand of destiny bought her an amazing adoptive family, who gave her one simple rule, "Never say the word, Can't." As a child, Jen was obsessed with Gymnastics and her idol was gold-medalist, Dominique Moceanu. In fact, watching Dominique on TV helped inspire Jen to start competing against able bodied athletes. She excelled and became a State Champion in power tumbling. As part of her amazing story and as a twist of fate, Jen later learned that her childhood gymnastics idol, Dominque Moceanu was actually her biological sister.
Always challenging herself, she transitioned into an accomplished acrobat and aerialist. She has traveled internationally on world tours and has been a headliner at major events. Jen's story has been featured on multiple shows including HBO Real Sports, 20/20 and Good Morning America. Jen has added a successful speaking career to her list of accomplishments, including being featured in one of the well-renowned TED talks and she has also published her autobiography, "Everything is Possible." Jen hopes to inspire and motivate others to believe that anything is truly possible!
Steve was involved in a motorcycle accident August 2005, that caused a T-12 incomplete paraplegic injury. A year after his accident he was introduced to wheelchair sports through PossAbilities of Loma Linda. He has participated in Rugby, Basketball, Tennis, hand cycling and WCMX. His basketball team took 3rd in Nationals, he made appearances in a couple basketball commercials, participated in sprint triathlons and a 100 mile ride in the Tour de Palm Springs. Sports have helped Steve meet awesome people and assisted him in achieving multiple goals and dreams. Steve is currently involved with the So Cal WCMX team and is training for the World Championships for Wheelchair Motocross. Steve recently landed a wheelchair back flip and is excited to be a part of an intense and accelerating sport. It has taught him to achieve excellence and overcome the fear of getting hurt.
Sam Lopez and Edna Serrano, two outstanding dancers from the Rollettes will be performing to inspire and motivate the crowd during the Expo. The Rollettes are women empowering women with disabilities to live boundlessly and shift perspectives through dance. These women have created a community that redefines what it means to be strong, female and resilient. With dance they dazzle and push the boundaries that others place in the way.
The Rolling Bears were co-founded in 1988 by Larry Echols and Bill Ystad. They play in the Southern California Wheelchair Basketball Conference, which is sanctioned by the National Wheelchair Basketball Association. The Rolling Bears have won 6 conference championships and their highest finish at Division 3 Nationals was 3rd place. In May 2002, The Rolling Bears became a nonprofit public benefit corporation called the Rolling Bears Wheelchair Athletic Association (RBWAA).
Maria Aroch is an energetic advocate for the disability community and is currently working at Southern California Resource Services for Independent Living. Maria shines by leading a vocational services program, providing peer to peer counseling and seated yoga classes to persons with disabilities and seniors. Maria serves as vice-chair on the Community Advisory Committee for Access Para Transit Services and advocates for fair and quality service for disabled riders. In September of 2016, Maria was 1 of 20 empowered Women with disabilities chosen to participate in the Raw Beauty Project, a nationally acclaimed awareness project seeking to redefine perception and beauty standards.
IEHP BMX Team
The Enthusiastic IEHP BMX stunt show performers will be flying high off ramps and performing mind blowing stunts that always excite the crowd! Don't miss out on all the action!
San Bernardino Teen Music Workshop
The San Bernardino Teen Music Workshop music program is available to all San Bernardino County secondary students (6-12th grades). These workshops provide professional instruction in percussion, guitar, bass, keyboards and vocal performance in a variety of pop and rock musical styles. The program also hosts a fully operational recording studio and recording technology classes are available. For more information go to sbteenmusicworkshop.com
Anthony Lara, U.S. Paralympic Representative was born with Spinal Bifida. He started playing wheelchair sports at age 9. He has been on National and International teams and played tennis, table tennis and wheelchair basketball.