As training intensifies for Yosemite National Park, Corey Reed finds an even deeper meaning to the already historic climb on September 11, 2014. Seven year old William Thompson, who also shares a prosthetic and action sports life style, sends his support with a rad poster board. "You Can Do It!" it reads. He even made it out of Jelly Beans! He did that so blind, adaptive-athlete Corey Reed can feel the letters as they are spelled out. He also personally autographed it, "I believe in you! -William".
"We saw young William while participating in the Life Rolls On event in Venice Beach, CA this summer," says Ride With Core team member and business partner, Michael Maina. "I kept looking through my 400mm lens for moments to capture of the event. Young William stood out to me in a sea of amazing adaptive athletes. Sometimes my lens actually guides me to what to capture."
Michael, along with Corey Reed, are about to release their first feature length Documentary, Heart of a Champion. "I found some of the most inspirational moments in my life following and documenting Corey Reed's life. It's no wonder I can see the heart that flows through these young action sports athletes. It's hard sometimes just to fight back tears to get the shot. Having William on the RWC team keeps us motivated when the days get long and the training has us exhausted. Corey is great with kids and this will always be one of the highlights of our Ride With Core journey."