Wheelz Hangs Out With a Young Fan Thanks to Schmidty
A huge part of why Nitro athletes love what they do is that they get to spread the joy — many would say that the best part of their job is all the opportunities they get to make other people happy. It leads to things like this: When Rod Schmidt — father of Nitro rollerboarder and BMX phenom Brandon Schmidt — heard about Levi, a kid with spina bifida who’s also from their New Jersey hometown of Roxbury, he had an idea. Rod knew that his son was friends and teammates with someone who also has spina bifida: Aaron “Wheelz” Fotheringham. Brandon asked Wheelz if he would swing by Woodward East and hang with Levi for a day of riding the park on their chairs, and of course Wheelz was all in.
AMAZING day with @georgeoliphant and @aaronwheelz thanks so much for setting this up for Levi and our family!!! #raisingtheroofforlevi #levistrong @george2rescue @jay_c_spencer @jillian_s_photo #woodward @nbc #nbc @devinfc @andrewjbank #supercross #bmx #skatepark #wheechair #spinabifida #nitrocircus #xgames @box_wheelchairs @monsterenergy
Check out more info and photos from the day right here. And to learn more about Levi and his fundraising efforts, go here. The whole day was also filmed for an episode of NBC’s George to the Rescue, so check your local listings on that. Huge props to Levi and his family and to the Schmidts and Wheelz for making this happen!