Team San Manuel rides onto East Campus
Nathan Ramsey and Chad Reed are picture during their January 17, 2008, visit to the East Campus. Mr. Ramsey is currently the seventh-ranked rider in the Supercross racing circuit; Mr. Reed is ranked No. 1. Together, they are known as Team San Manuel, the only racing team sponsored by a Native American organization, the San Manuel Band of Mission Indians. According to Willie Stewart, director of the PossAbilities program at East Campus, it is “hugely beneficial to the patients when world-class athletes comes in and show that they care.”
The championship motocross team of Nathan Ramsey and Chad Reed—known in motocross circles as Team San Manuel—rode onto the Loma Linda University Medical Center East Campus on Thursday, January 17, 2008, to spread the message that perseverance toward a goal can move mountains of obstacles.
Team San Manuel is unique for at least three reasons: first, it is the only motocross team to be sponsored by a band of Native American Indians. Second, the team is very highly positioned in the world of motocross—Mr. Reed is ranked No. 1 in the Supercross Series and Ramsey is No. 7. Third, the fact that Chad Reed is an Australian Aboriginal himself adds a note of authenticity to his presentations as he travels the country teaching young people at Native American reservations the finer points of motorcycle safety.
At East Campus, Mr. Reed and Mr. Ramsey didn’t spend their time lecturing. Instead, they chatted with patients, signed autographs, and passed out T-shirts, posters, and hats promoting the sport of motocross.
Jacob Coin, director of public affairs for the San Manuel Band, was quoted in a January 18, 2008, article in the San Bernardino Sun, saying that Team San Manuel brings a positive message of goodwill to young people. Mr. Coin noted that the team stresses the importance of discipline and clean living to achieving success in life.
In commenting on the significance of Team San Manuel’s visit, Willie Stewart, director of the PossAbilities program at East Campus, noted that it is “hugely beneficial to the patients when world-class athletes come in and show that they care.” He went on to state that the visit of Chad Reed and Nathan Ramsey “totally lifted the spirits of our patients.”
Team San Manuel is sponsored by the San Manuel Band of Mission Indians, a federally recognized American Indian tribe. Located near Highland, California, the San Manuel reservation was established in 1891 and is recognized as a sovereign nation with the right of self-government. The San Manuel Band of Mission Indians focuses on promoting social, economic, educational and cultural development for all its citizens.
The East Campus is a 37-bed rehab facility offering inpatient and outpatient care, orthopaedic surgery, adult day care, and orthotics/ prosthetics management in a healing environment of peaceful outdoor gardens.
PossAbilities is a community outreach program offering disabled individuals a sense of community and providing practical help to assist them in becoming valued members of their communities.
By James Ponder