Gatorland® Welcomes Jennifer Lynn Adams, Nationally Recognized Advocate
For Accessibility, Inclusion and Adaptive Sports Adventures, As Special Ambassador
ORLANDO, Florida (Aug. 3, 2016) – Jennifer Lynn Adams has had a thrill of a lifetime. She just zip lined over a lake full of alligators and crocodiles, had a boa constrictor wrap itself around her, touched a tarantula and even wrestled a gator during her recent visit to Orlando’s Gatorland® theme park. Amazing experiences for anyone. But for Adams, born with partial limbs, they are just more adventures to add to a long list of adaptive sports accomplishments such as surfing, water skiing, downhill skiing, inter tubing, dancing and even aerial dancing.
Through Adams’ passion for accessibility, inclusion and adaptive sports, she has become an ambassador for Gatorland’s Gator Gauntlet Wheelchair-Accessible Zip Line for park patrons with mobility challenges or other disabilities, which opened earlier this year at the park. “Riding Gator Gauntlet was a blast!” she exclaimed. “It was thrilling, picturesque and neat to see the alligators on either side of you. It’s definitely great for anyone looking for an adaptive sports adventure.”
Crowned Ms. Wheelchair America in 2014, Jennifer Adams holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology and a minor in Vocal Performance from Pacific Lutheran University in Washington, a Master of Arts in Counseling from Faith Evangelical Seminary and an Associate of Applied Technology degree in Radio Broadcasting. Her motivational speaking company, SHIFT: Motivation Beyond Limitations, champions messages of acceptance and diversity, while her non-profit organization, Making Dreams Come True, provides opportunities and resources to people with extra abilities by organizing sports adventures through partnerships with various adaptive sports programs.
“We are thrilled to have Jennifer as our special ambassador to help us spread the word on the importance of providing attractions and experiences, like the Gator Gauntlet Zipline, that are accessible to more and more people,” said Mark McHugh, Gatorland’s president and CEO. “She is an amazing lady and everyone here at Gatorland has learned so much from her about the power of awareness, acceptance and inclusion. We are proud to support her and her non-profit organization, Making Dreams Come True.”
Gatorland is a 110-acre theme park and wildlife preserve combining Old Florida charm with exciting experiences, exhibits and entertainment. The park originally opened as a roadside attraction in 1949. Today, it provides affordable-priced family fun featuring thousands of alligators and crocodiles, breeding marsh with observation tower, free flight aviary, nature walk, petting zoo, educational wildlife programs, award-winning gift shop, Florida’s best train ride, Gator Gully Splash Park, on site restaurant, and one of a kind shows including Gator Wrestlin’, Gator Jumparoo and Up-close Encounters. Other not-to-miss features include the world’s largest collection of rare white “leucistic” alligators, and the Screamin’ Gator Zipline with over 1,200 feet of high flying thrills, five intense zip lines and a massive 150-foot suspension bridge.