2021 Community Profile Project          

Welcome to our AccesSport Community Profile Project!  

Each week we share stories of the athletes, volunteers, interns, trainers, and staff that bring our mission and vision to life.  We hope you enjoy getting to know these remarkable members of our ASA community. 

Community Profile - April 15th, 2021

Jose “Rey” V, ASA Athlete since 2011

How did you get started with AccesSport?  

I was in a wheelchair at Spaulding and I look out the window and I saw them paddle and told my OT therapist I wanted to try it.  Next week I got out there 

for the first time I felt like I was playing sports again and I got so happy and 

excited. After a year I starting to join other programs they had, like the YMCA, tennis, skiing, wind surfing, gait training, paddling on canoe boat and even participating in a week long sports camp in Florida. They help me get out my wheelchair and now they’re helping me walk better now.


What is your favorite AccesSport Activity?

I would say biking and windsurfing.


What is one thing we don't know about you?

I love to play chess.  In high school I was in the chess club and I used to teach how to play chess at the youth center.


What else would you like to share with the people reading about you in the Community Profile Project?

ASA has helped through my stroke recovery.  In my toughest time they help me realize I can still play sports I love. They also taught me if I can’t do it one way try a different way to do it and accomplish what your doing.  Thank you ASA.











Community Profile - April 8th, 2021

Mariano E, ASA Athlete since 2018

How did you get started with AccesSport?

Having Multiple Sclerosis since 1993 has now caused my mobility to become rather limited. However, I have always enjoyed sports and I wanted to keep active. When I discovered AccesSport America, I began with Gait Training and then added tennis, cycling and the regatta. Since “COVID times” I have been doing Zoom workouts twice a week and my wife Carol and I participate in the weekly Zoom Pub Quiz which is very entertaining!


What is your favorite AccesSport Activity?

Gait Training, cycling and paddling are all great workouts!


What is one thing we don't know about you?

During my youth in Spain, I was a competitive downhill skier and long distance runner.


What else would you like to share with the people reading about you in the Community Profile Project?

AccesSport America is a wonderful community of trainers, athletes, volunteers and staff. It has allowed me to keep active, get stronger, make new friends and have fun all at the same time. Ross, Nate, Chris and all the other trainers are highly motivating, kind and supportive. Plus, they are funny as heck! (Laughter is the best medicine!) I am very grateful to be a part of this family. ¡Mil gracias!







Community Profile - March 24th, 2021

Marina S, ASA Athlete since 2003 & 2018 ASA Athlete of the Year

How did you get started with AccesSport?  I had a Traumatic Brain Injury in 2003 and AccesSportAmerica held Summer adaptive sports on the Charles River outside the original pediatric unit of Mass Eye and Ear.


What is your favorite AccesSport activity? Windsurfing

What is one thing we don’t know about you? I love reptiles and want to skydive someday.

    Is there anything else you would like to share about yourself?  I’m a true believer that no         matter how bad a situation seems it can get better with enough belief, hard work,           determination, and dedication.












Community Profile - March 11th, 2021

John D, Trainer & Volunteer since 2018

How did you get started with AccesSport? Ross Lilley 


What is your favorite AccesSport activity? Windsurfing

What is one thing we don’t know about you? I went on a date with Seattle’s Mayor.

What else would you like to share? I love to garden.










Community Profile - March 4th, 2021

Andre L, Volunteer & Friend of Ross, 2018   

How did you get started with AccesSport?  By meeting Ross and family yearly for 8-9 years in Maui.


What is your favorite AccesSport activity? Windsurfing

What is one thing we don’t know about you & what else would you like to share?  I’m a physician in Canada. Carolle and I are very sports oriented with interest in sports ranging from horseback to tennis to skiing and snowshoeing. We’ve supported and volunteered with a therapeutic horseback program here in Canada. Our children used to volunteer doing therapeutic horseback riding.

When we saw them volunteer with ease and without reservation we saw them in a new light. Our son and daughter made us want to follow their lead and doing adaptive windsurfing came naturally to us. We loved the clinics in Vermont and Maui with Ross and AccesSport.






Community Profile - February 25th, 2021

Joe R, AccesSport Athlete since 2014

How did you get started with AccesSport?  I went down to Spaulding dock with my father, Ross put me on a windsurfer. And I’ve been a thorn in your side ever since.

What is your favorite AccesSport activity? Windsurfing

What is one thing we don’t know about you? Before my accident I could impersonate anyone’s voice.

What else would you like to share? I don’t know, I’m kind? (We would certainly agree Joe!)

Did you know? For almost 20 years AccesSportAmerica provided the adapted waterfront and cycling activities at Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital in Boston. 






ommunity Profile - February 18, 2021

Vinny C, AccesSport Intern - 2020

How did you get started with AccesSport?  I got started through the University of Massachusetts Lowell, Senior Internship.  


What is your favorite AccesSport activity? Paddle Boarding!

What is one thing we don’t know about you? I'm always on the lookout for trees to climb.

What else would you like to share? I was so proud to work with ASA and hope to continue in the future! I'm starting a Doctor of Physical Therapy program in August.



Vinny's internship included being part of our cycling program this summer and fall, our paddling program, and as a trainer in our new Train In Place (TIP) Progam!

Congratulations and Happy Graduation to Vinny for earning his degree in Exercise Science.

To learn more about our Internship and TIP Programs:

 Interested in an Internship?            

 Interested in the TIP Program?












Community Profile- February 11, 2021

Richard T, Athlete since 2016

How did you get started with AccesSport?  Ross, through Supportive Living.  

What is one thing we don’t know about you? I don't really cheer for the Celtics.

What is your favorite AccesSport activity? Gait Training!

What else would you like to share?  The trainers are amazing and treat you like family!



Commnity Profile - February 4, 2021

Keaton S, Athlete since 2002

How did you get started with AccesSport?  I got started at the Thoreau Club for workouts or boating at the Mass Hosp School. 

What is one thing we don’t know about you? How much I enjoy the activities and relationships, because it's not obvious on my face.

What is your favorite AccesSport activity? Biking!

What else would you like to share?  I am a fearless thrill-seeker. No roller coaster is too much for me. I have done white water rafting, parasailing, ziplining and, most recently, skydiving!




Community Profile - January 28, 2021

Yuki N, Program Partner since 2011

How did you get started with AccesSport?  When I started working at Boston Public Schools.  


What is your favorite AccesSport activity? Weekly soccer drills, the Football Clinic, and canoeing!  

What is one thing we don’t know about you? I think they know everything about me, but they may not know about the mole on my left toe, or maybe the fact I don't get Ross's jokes a half of the time.

What else would you like to share? AccesSport America has been bringing such warm wind into my teaching career. I have been a witness to the joyful smiles of the hundreds of students with/and without disabilities over the years of working with them. Their passion and energy lift up not only myself but the students they work with, literally and figuratively. AccesSport Team has been one of the most important assets in our quality of life!!!




Community Profile - January 21, 2021  

Meet David E, equipment supplier since 2015

How did you get started with AccesSport?  I met Ross and he explained to me his vision for AccessSport and that really impressed me.

What is your favorite AccesSport activity? Seeing the stoked looks on all the athletes faces.

What is one thing we don’t know about you? I always consult with my cat before making important decisions.

What else would you like to share? 

AccessSport represents the goodness in our society. We need more of their care and love spread throughout this country and world.

Executive Director Ross Lilley had this to add about David: ”David is a pioneer in the sport of windsurfing. He is a legendary windsurfer and designer of some of the finest sails in windsurfing. A long-time friend of the Lilleys and AccesSportAmerica, he’s provided all of our sails for over 10 years. He’s also a consultant on our designs for adaptive windsurfing and other water sports.”


Community Profile - January 14, 2021

This week we are pleased to introduce you to Shawn B., Athlete since 2010   

How did you get started with AccesSport?  I got to know AccesSport through the Boston University Aphasia Community Group Picnic at Spaulding.  AccessSport was there and I went out on a canoe.   

Executive Director Ross Lilley adds that Shawn got started with our summer sports programs and then went on to participate in our Gait Trainer Program.


What is your favorite AccesSport activity? My favorite ASA activities are Gait Training and bike riding.  


What is one thing we don’t know about you? Most people don’t know that I used to work as a bounce at bars in Boston on the weekends.


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Community Profile, January 7th 2021 - Erik T & Kyle R.

Erik T, Athlete and volunteer since 2018

How did you get started with AccesSport?  I got started with AccesSportAmerica through Kyle. Kyle has been a helper basically since I left Spaulding and he knew how much I enjoy sports, working out, and laughing so he knew ASA would be a good fit.

What is one thing we don’t know about you? One thing most people don’t know is that I love history.

What is your favorite AccesSport activity? My favorite ASA activity is definitely tennis. #topspin

What else would you like to share?  I consider many people in the ASA community to be good friends at this point. It’s pretty cool to meet such a good group of people in an unlikely circumstance, and that you can be productive in a few ways, get back to doing the things you love, and have a good time doing it.


Kyle R., Trainer and volunteer since 2012

How did you get started with AccesSport?  I got started with AccesSportAmerica through my good friend Josh Lilley.  We worked together at a day program in my hometown in my early twenties and Josh had got me involved in a few different ASA opportunities that instantly had me hooked to be a part of this community. 

What is one thing we don’t know about you? One thing that people don’t know about me is that I have found a love for watercolor painting. 

What is your favorite AccesSport activity? My favorite ASA sport is tandem windsurfing! 

What else would you like to share?  It’s been great being able to get Erik involved with ASA. He’s a tremendous athlete!! It’s poetry in motion when you get to witness him set up for a forehand topspin smash in tennis. Our greatest connection is through sports and physical activity.  We are lucky to have ASA to provide programs where we can both thrive in the sports that we love! 



Kyle and Erik with NE Patriot Patrick Chung at our annual Football Clinic (2018).