2012 Disability Awareness Month Heroes - KPBS
As part of the Union Bank Heritage Month celebrations, we are proud to sponsor the Cultural Diversity Partnership Awards and to honor various individuals for the positive contributions and influence they have made to the community.
The honorees will be formally recognized as part of the Cultural Diversity Partnership Awards, which Union Bank sponsors with public television station KPBS. The station will also broadcast video profiles of the honorees throughout its Disability Awareness Month programming the month of October.
Congratulations to our 2012 Local Heroes of the Year:
Access to Independence
In 1977, at the age of 19, Louis Frick became a quadriplegic as the result of an automobile accident. Since then, the San Diego State University alum has made huge strides in the awareness and advocacy of people with all types of disabilities. He was instrumental in the passing of H.R. 5610, a bill designed to preserve balanced funding for California’s 29 Centers for Independent Living. Mr. Frick currently serves on many boards and committees such as the Mayor’s Committee on Disability for the City of San Diego, the California State Independent Living Council, and the California Foundation for Independent Living Council. In the past he has been a former board member and elected officer for the National Council on Independent Living, the Unified Port of San Diego’s Accessibility Advisory Committee, and the San Diego Disability Action Coalition. Additionally, Mr. Frick was a member of the Host Committee for Super Bowl XXXVII, held in San Diego. Mr. Frick has also served as a consultant for disability related organizations and matters at the local, state, and national level.
Co-Founder and Former Executive Director
San Diego Adaptive Sports Foundation
In 2006, Laurel Moorhead was one of the founders of the San Diego Adaptive Sports Foundation. Ms. Moorhead believes that participating in sports provides people in wheelchairs the opportunity to learn, make friends, get healthy exercise and most importantly, have fun. As a key contributor Ms. Moorhead has served as the Adaptive Sports Foundation’s Executive Business Manager as well as Executive Director. With her remarkable devotion, passion, and energy, the foundation has flourished; hundreds of kids and adults have benefited immensely. Under her stewardship the Foundation began a Stroll n Roll (walkathon) and Rolling Hoops events that are both fundraisers and awareness-raisers. The Rolling Hoops pairs challenged and able athletes together and is a sanctioned Paralympic event. In addition to these monumental achievements for the Foundation, she hired a Program Director to continue and expand the day-to-day programs of wheelchair sports leagues and clinics for participants of all ages, as well as Paralympic and DSUSA sports programs including a scuba program. The Foundation also continues to provide a week long sports camp for children 4-18 exposing children to healthy activities, other children like them and often their first independence from their parents. Ms. Moorhead is a vocal advocate for the needs of those with physical disabilities and has shared that knowledge and compassion through other organizations like HeadNorth, Challenged Athletes and support groups at local hospitals.