PEOPLE Now's Jeremy Parsons served as part of this year's judges panel and helped to select Brittany Hawley as the new Ms. Wheelchair USA. Immediately following her crowning, Jeremy interviewed Brittany about her win.
Click the link below to see the storyabout Brittany and the Ms. Wheelchair USA organization that was featured on PEOPLE Now!
Brittany Hawley represented North Carolina when she was crowned the new Ms. Wheelchair USA
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A Little About the Ms. Wheelchair USA Program...
The Ms. Wheelchair USA program has been in existence for more than 22 years. It began as a state program, selecting winners in the state of Ohio to do a national service platform. As the program grew in popularity and was televised live, potential candidates began coming from all over the country asking to compete in the outstanding program. The program became a national competition 14 years ago and has been going and growing strong!
Contestants in the Ms. Wheelchair USA program must be 18 years of age with no maximum age! Contestants must have a mobility issue, but may have use of their legs. Our program does not discourage ability, but instead celebrates the individuality of the women in the program. State and regional representatives are selected based on a judged, application process. The national titleholder is crowned following a week of activities, programs, learning sessions, press appearances, and three nights of live stage competitions. Contestants compete in private interview, round-robin interviews, evening wear, on-stage interview, platform presentation, and marketing statement competitions. The winners spend their year on a state, regional and national level representing The Dane Foundation, Ms. Wheelchair USA, and their own platform issue or activity.
The Ms. Wheelchair USA organization promotes glamour, self-confidence, and community service; celebrating the accomplishments of women with disabilities!