Pride Mobility has announced the latest winners of its Pride Roll Model contest.
In a Feb. 7 press release, the manufacturer congratulated Chris Carrino and Brooke Slick, who as part of their prize package will now represent Pride as paid Roll Models for three months.
Carrino and Slick were also given a choice of a Jazzy Carbon power wheelchair or GoGo Travel Mobility scooter.
Stephanie Woodward, Pride Mobility’s Brand Ambassador Coordinator, said in the announcement, “We are thrilled to welcome Chris and Brooke to the Pride family. This nationwide search has brought us two outstanding individuals who not only embrace the capabilities of our products, but also share our commitment to fostering connection and inclusivity.”
Pride said nearly 100 people entered the Roll Models contest.
“We believe in the power of authentic voices, and as Pride Roll Models, Chris and Brooke will play a crucial role in showcasing the transformative impact of Pride products,” Woodward said. “Their experiences will be shared through social media, blogs, and various outlets, showing others how they embrace a life full of possibilities.”
Meet the Roll Models
In the announcement, Carrino was described as a sports broadcaster who is the radio play-by-play announcer for the Brooklyn Nets basketball team and also calls National Football League games for Compass Media Networks. Carrino, who is from Yonkers, N.Y., has muscular dystrophy and has used a Jazzy Carbon “to help him navigate his professional environments.”
While Carrino acknowledged he initially resisted using a wheelchair, he now views wheelchairs very differently. “Using a mobility device was once my greatest fear, and I spent years trying to outrun the chair,” he said. “But what I realized was that these devices aren’t made to separate us from the world; rather, they are made to connect us to it. Showing this to the disability community is what I hope to accomplish by being a Pride Roll Model.”
Brooke Slick, from New Enterprise, Pa., was described in the announcement as a podcast host, blogger, and inventor. Slick has been living with multiple sclerosis for the last two decades and has called her Go Chair power wheelchair a game-changer.
“I’m all about normalizing what mobility device use looks like in today’s world,” Slick said. “I want to share all the different ways that potential users could be utilizing mobility devices to live a life that’s way bigger than they could have imagined. I’m so grateful that as a Pride Roll Model, I’ll have the opportunity to bring some hope, independence, engagement, and joy into the lives of those who didn’t know what they were missing.”