The Owner and Founder of TrackedMobility – Cordell Jeter
I have been using a wheelchair for 30 years now. I was a three-sport athlete in high school and went to college on a football scholarship. An auto accident during my sophomore year left me paralyzed but did not stop me. Within a year of my accident, I completed the Marine Corp marathon and place fourth in the wheelchair division. In 1992, I competed in Barcelona Spain for the United States Paralympic Team and won a bronze and a gold medal and set a world record. After coming home, I established Fairfax County’s wheelchair sports program starting with 7 kids. The program has now grown to be a nationally recognized force named the Fairfax Falcons. It’s amazing following their progress on Facebook. For over a decade I continued to dedicate myself to helping people with disabilities. I owned a medical equipment company, was awarded a government contract servicing Water Reed Hospital and The Washington DC Veterans Administration providing comfort and mobility to those who served.
A few years ago, friends and family assisted in fundraising to purchase me a trackchair.The first thing I did was run over my grassy backyard right into the woods in the back of my house. It was the first time in 27 years I was remotely able to do anything like that. The sensation, the feeling was so overwhelming; I couldn’t believe it. I thought people need to know this is possible. People need to feel this sense of freedom again. I thought about my kids in the wheelchair sports program that have never experienced the independence of being able to walk through the woods or stroll on the beach. I thought about our disabled Veterans being given a freedom they thought lost. I was overwhelmed!
It is now my mission to make this technology readily accessible where it is inherently needed.