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Race to benefit disabled athletes
By: Lily King-Cisneros
12/18/12 1:26 PM

Parks, Recreation and Commercial Facilities
For Release: December 18, 2012
Contact: Lily King-Cisneros
Public Information & Communication Specialist

Griffin Lynch is like any other 12 year old boy.  He loves video games, hanging out with his friends and team sports. 
“He’s active, funny, and right now he’s really into playing basketball,” Griffin’s father Shawn Lynch said. “There’s almost nothing he won’t try at least once.”

Griffin was born three months premature and with cerebral palsy, which limits his ability to walk.  He is ambulatory but at times needs to use his wheelchair when fatigued.
“I don’t see myself as any different,” Griffin Lynch says. “Having a disability only makes me want to work harder.”
And he does.  Starting at the age of nine, Griffin has participated in kayaking, cycling, track and field, archery, wheelchair basketball and bowling. He’s competed in three Desert Challenge Games, qualified three times for National Junior Disabilities in archery and track and this year he also rode in the Tour de Tucson.
“Griffin wouldn’t have been able to do any of this without participating in Arizona Disabled Sports,” Shawn Lynch said. “Through AZDS, he’s not only become physically stronger but more confident in himself and his athletic abilities.”

On Jan. 5, 2013, Arizona Disabled Sports will be holding their fourth annual “Run, Walk, Roll 5K/10K” race benefiting disabled athletes. 

“Our athletes are amazing,” AZDS Executive Director, Lane Gram said. “And we want to provide each athlete with the ability to participate in quality programs.  Through this event, we’re able to showcase the talent of our athlete and the funds raise go directly into our programming for the upcoming year.”

The race is held at Tempe Town Lake, 620 N. Mill Ave.  Registration is open and participants of all ages and abilities are encouraged to sign up.  Registration fees are $25 for 5K, 10K, 1 mile fitness walk and $10 for half-mile kid’s fun run.  First race begins at 8:00 a.m.   

For Griffin and his family, this event is something they won’t miss out on. 

“Being a part of AZDS helps me get better,” Griffin said.  “I like being on a team and seeing how good all of my teammates are.  Plus, this year I’m riding my new bike.  It’s so cool and it’s just like a regular bike.”

To learn more about the event or to register, visit:  For more information, about Arizona Disabled Sports visit: or (480) 835-6273.

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