Story of a Champion

For over 36 years Jim Click has been racing to support the Adaptive Athletic Program at The University of Arizona. His involvement began in 1981 when Richard Nolen, a body repair man working for Mr. Click, was injured in a touch football game with a group of his co-workers. His injury, a broken his neck, left him a C 6-7 quadriplegic. Jim visited Richard in the hospital assuring him he would do all he could to help him, and he did. After extensive rehab in Colorado, Richard returned to UArizona and began participating in the Adaptive Athletic Program. He had a very successful athletic career in wheelchair track and road racing, as well as receiving a Masters in Business. He works today for the Jim Click Automotive Team as the Business Manager and Controller.

Jim Click followed Richard's progress in the Adaptive Athletics Program and actively supported its fundraising efforts. Jim would join all of the athletes in the "Push-N-Plod" Wheel and Jogathon every fall semester, raising pledges by sitting down in a sports wheelchair and pushing for hours around the University track. Jim pushed his way around the track every year until it was decided to take the event it to another level and create a race for the Tucson community. 

In 1995 Coach Dick Tomey lent his name to the event called The Dick Tomey Pony Express.  Jim provided the grand prize: a new Mustang. The year 2000 brought the final change to the race to Jim Click’s Run N' Roll. Former UArizona Track Coach, Dave Murray, stepped in to design a fast, flat, fun course on the beautiful UArizona campus. This annual event has given the Adaptive Athletic Program the needed funds to become a national leader in wheelchair sports. We are grateful for Jim Click’s support over the past 25 years.

I strongly encourage you to join our "Friends of Champions" and help this highly valuable program continue to fulfill the dreams of future athletes.

This race is an acknowledgment of Jim and Vicki Click’s support of the Adaptive Athletic Program, which has now become a national model.

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