'Keep pushing, keep trying'

Reality TV star helps break down stereotypes
Wednesday, July 24, 2013

LOS ANGELES – In the years since being injured in a 2010 car accident, Chelsie Hill, 20, has spent her time advocating against distracted driving and advocating for people with spinal cord injuries. As one of the stars of the Sundance Channel’s reality TV show “Push Girls,” she makes appearances around the country with her dance troupe, Hotwheelz. In July, she participated in the Greater Texas Rehab Providers Council (TXRPC) Annual Conference. She spoke to HME News recently about her goals while traveling the country.

HME News: What’s it like being part of a hit TV show?  

Chelsie Hill: I didn’t realize how powerful it was until I saw it on TV. It really breaks down stereotypes. And it has really opened some doors for me and my mission, the Walk and Roll Foundation. It’s weird seeing myself on TV though, and when I’m out, people go “Oh my gosh, it’s Chelsie!” But it’s awesome.

HME: What is the foundation’s goal?

Hill: I want to educate people about distracted driving and spinal cord injuries, and inspire them with our dance team, Hotwheelz. This is a group of girls in wheelchairs who’ve been through something traumatic, but they’re still smiling. We got together to raise money through a Dance for Life showcase, and it was so much fun that we’ve been traveling to Abilities Expos ever since. We also want to raise money to provide an exercise facility for people with spinal cord injuries. 

HME: What role does your mobility equipment play in helping you achieve these goals? 

Hill: It’s one of the most important things. You need to get involved in your community, get a good wheelchair and find something to be passionate about, whether it’s sports or dancing. You have to find something you think you cannot do and do it, keep pushing, and keep trying.