Exercise is for Everybody. How Do You Get Enough?
By Melissa McCall, Guest Columnist
From American Idols' "Pants on the Ground" to a boy named Greyson belting Lady Gaga's Paparazzi, more than 13 million hours of video were uploaded to YouTube in 2010. One of these videos received up to 34 million hits and a record deal for the star. Other video creators were invited on talk shows such as Jimmy Kimmel Live!
What makes these videos so popular? First, the videos must be worth talking about. They must capture the audience's attention. Examples include the 47 million-hit Bed Intruder Song, or a commentator describing a double rainbow, which is now available for purchase on iTunes. No one can really predict what will make a video go viral.
But what about videos featuring people with disabilities? Here you will find just a short list of disability videos that have been wildly popular among viewers.
Wheelchair Break-dancer Got the Moves to Motivate- Maksim Sedakov, a Russian man, lost his leg in a car accident. At the Center Dynamic School, he was given the option to try dance. He and his partner, Elena Lasko, have been dancing in competitions around the world ever since.
World's First Double Backflip on a Wheelchair - Aaron "Wheelz" Fotheringham becomes the first person to do a double backflip in a wheelchair.
I LOVE LIVING LIFE. I AM HAPPY. - Nick Vujicic and his attitude serve as a great example of the celebration of life over limitations.
Zach Anner's Oprah Audition- Zach Anner auditions for an opportunity to get his own show on Oprah's OWN Network. While he didn't win the competition, he did make a few travel videos for his YouTube channel.
Dick and Rick Hoyt-The story of a father son team to race the Ironman competition.
South Africa's Bladerunner- South African Paralympic champion Oscar Pistorius prepares to compete in the British athletics grand prix and become the first amputee to compete against able-bodied athletes at a major event.
Patrick and Henry Hughes- Patrick Hughes is a young man at University of Louisville who was born with a disability that left him with a visual impairment and using a wheelchair. Now he plays the piano beautifully as well as "marches" in the Louisville marching band.
Jason McElwain - Jason McElwain who has Autism plays the basketball game of his life.
Blind Painter - University of North Texas (UNT) student John Bramblitt paints beautiful works of art in vivid colors, despite the fact that he's had a visual impairment for years.
Josh Blue, winner of the last comic standing- Josh Blue, who has cerebral palsy, was a contestant on and won NBC's show, "Last Comic Standing."
The National Center on Health, Physical Activity, and Disability is sponsoring a video contest entitled, "How do You Get Enough?" Being physically active is good for every body. The intention of this video contest is to illustrate that people with disabilities do live healthy, active lifestyles as well as share various ways to get physical activity for individuals with disabilities and activity limitations.
Here is a video version of our announcement: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9AGgD9rFdsA
Whether it's indoor or outdoor, recreational or competitive, solo or team, easy or intensive, we are looking for how you (successfully or unsuccessfully) get enough activity in a 1- to 10-minute video clip! Winners will be announced on August 1, 2011. This video contest will be promoted through social networking sites such as Facebook and Twitter, and video sharing sites such as YouTube.
So it's time to get those cameras out, because
anybodyeverybody can get involved in this contest. According to the U.S. Department of Labor, more than 20 million families in the U.S. have at least 1 member with a disability, and in 1 out of every 5 households in the U.S., a family is caring for a child that has unique health-care needs. Physical activity is for everybody and with the 2 billion views on YouTube per day; this largely untapped marketplace of adults with disabilities and parents of children with disabilities can make a huge impact by showing the world how people with disabilities get their physical activity.
3 Entry Types:
Two winners in each category will be selected. Winners will be posted on www.ncpad.org on August 1, 2011.
- Completed Videos
- 1st Prize - $1,250
- 2nd Prize - $500
- Raw Video Footage - a chance to win along with your video professionally edited
- 1st Prize- $750
- 2nd Prize -$250
- Conceptual Scripts - a chance to win along with your video professionally filmed and edited
- 1st Prize-$350
- 2nd Prize-$150
Rules and Eligibility
1. Video clips must address the question: How do you get enough physical activity? Each entry must be creative, original, and appeal to an inclusive audience, but must represent (in some manner) a disability, health condition, or activity limitation.
2. We encourage individuals of all disabilities and activity limitations to submit and appear in video submissions, though acknowledging the existence of hidden disabilities and health conditions, so suggest using creative ways to share your stories. We also urge submissions to be authentic in representation of disability and reserve the right to investigate the authenticity of a health condition that is represented in a submission.
3. Entries promoting the use of alcohol, tobacco, illegal drugs, violence, firearms, or weapons, profanity, inappropriate or obscene gestures, or that are sexually explicit in nature will be disqualified. Also, please avoid breaking copyright laws or using brand names or logos in your video. Submissions may be removed at NCHPAD staff's discretion.
4. Each individual may submit up to 3 entries. Entry forms must be submitted with each video submission. Entries without a form will not be reviewed. Please mail or e-mail all entries to:
1640 West Roosevelt Road, Suite 711
Chicago, IL 60608
5. All selected entries will appear on www.ncpad.org and/or the NCHPAD YouTube channel at http://www.youtube.com/user/NCPAD.
6. Entries should be submitted in the following formats:
- Completed videos must be sent in raw AVI format and be no longer than 10 minutes.
- Raw video footage must be sent either as a MiniDV tape or unedited raw AVI.
- Conceptual scripts should be sent as a MS Word Document or PDF and be appropriate for a 1-10-minute video.
7. NCHPAD will e-mail a confirmation once the video has been received. Therefore, we are not responsible for lost videos, e-mail errors, etc., in the submission process.
8. Entrants must have exclusive rights to the submitted video. By entering the NCHPAD Video Contest, you are acknowledging that the National Center on Health, Physical Activity, and Disability will gain exclusive rights to the video upon submission along with any modifications or changes that may be made and by submitting your video, there is no compensation other than the prizes listed above for winners.
9. We reserve the right to post your video. If you are not a winner, we may still decide to post your video. If so, you will be compensated and cited as the filmmaker. If your film/video is not selected as a winner or finalist, we cannot provide feedback on our decision. Disability-specific organizations are welcome to aid and submit video entries on behalf of an individual with a disability. Full-time employees of the National Center on Health, Physical Activity, and Disability are not eligible to participate in the Contest.
All entries must be received by May 15, 2011.
Video Contest form can be downloaded here