Ross Lilley


Ross has been adapting and teaching high-challenge sports since 1983. He has been involved in personal training and coaching since the late 1970's. An ordained minister, his primary interest has been in creating places and activities to overcome disparity and discrimination, especially for people living with disabilities. Ross is the foremost authority on adaptive windsurfing in the United States. In 1986, his son Josh was born with cerebral palsy and resulting spastic quadriplegia. When Josh was four years old, Josh and Ross began windsurfing together. Josh became the catalyst and inspiration for AccesSportAmerica and to this day is AccesSport's "Chief Test Pilot".

The first to adapt the sport of windsurfing, Ross adapts sports and creates/develops equipment to accommodate all disabilities. He also creates programs and training/coaching regimens in collaboration with the trainers to accommodate a wide range of disabilities to inspire the athlete to achieve higher function and fitness, better conditioning and improved health all within a welcoming and hope-filled community.

Ross has twice received the Boston Celtics' Heroes Among Us Award, the Massachusetts Governor's Committee on Physical Fitness and Sports' Neighborhood Superstar Award, and numerous other awards. He received a BA in Economics from New York University and a M.Div from Andover Newton Theological School. He served as the pastor of South Acton Congregational Church, a post he held until 2001 when he resigned to devote himself full-time to AccesSportAmerica. Ross is a National Council on Strength and Fitness (NCSF) Certified Personal Trainer. Ross and Jean Lilley, and their children - Joshua and Hanna - are involved with AccesSportAmerica.