Wheelchair Bodybuilding, Inc. (WCBB) was founded in May 2006 as a National tax-exempt 501(c)(3) non-profit organization by Nick Scott with the objective of raising funds to expand and improve opportunities for wheelchair athletes and adaptive athletes.
WCBB’s primary focus is to promote, grow, and expand the sports of wheelchair bodybuilding and adaptive bodybuilding. WCBB collaborates and partners with the NPC (National Physique Committee) and IFBB Professional League (International Federation of Body Builders), which are the premier federations in the fitness industry.
Nick Scott devoted a significant portion of his adult life to promoting wheelchair bodybuilding, despite being wheelchair-bound himself. His efforts paid off when he obtained permission to host the inaugural International Federation of Body Building (IFBB) Pro Wheelchair Bodybuilding competition in 2008, an achievement that took almost three years of meticulous planning. In 2011, Scott successfully organized the first IFBB Pro Wheelchair Championships, held in Houston, TX on October 15th, as part of the Houston Pro event. The impact of this historic occasion reverberated globally, as professional and disability sports merged on the same platform for the first time.
This acknowledgement enabled professional wheelchair bodybuilders to be recognized and granted IFBB Professional Status, allowing them to attain the coveted IFBB Pro Card, the ultimate goal for any bodybuilder. Through Nick’s perseverance and commitment, he accomplished something unprecedented – unifying a professional sport with a disability sport on the same platform.
Over a decade later, in 2016, the IFBB Professional League Pro Wheelchair Division was included in the Arnold Classic in Columbus, Ohio, USA, and in 2018, it was included in the Olympia Weekend in Las Vegas, Nevada, USA. The goal of WCBB is to inspire more wheelchair and adaptive athletes to join the sport of bodybuilding and provide them with the necessary training and motivational support to enable as many individuals as possible to compete.
One of WCBB’s ultimate goals is to establish thousands of apartment units, which will serve as a source of funding to support disabled athletes worldwide. This will enable them to get in shape, compete, and achieve their dreams while inspiring and motivating millions. If these athletes can overcome their challenges, it shows that anyone can achieve their goals with determination and hard work.
The mission of Wheelchair Bodybuilding, Inc. is to provide an inclusive and supportive environment for children, adults, and veterans with disabilities to participate in activities that offer both physical and psychological therapeutic benefits.
Wheelchair Bodybuilding, Inc. aims to cultivate a “can do” attitude among its participants by empowering them with the confidence and self-reliance needed to confront their own life challenges and surmount obstacles that may have appeared insurmountable.
Through its programs, Wheelchair Bodybuilding, Inc. supports, provides, and guides individuals with disabilities, including children and adults, to become wheelchair athletes and adaptive athletes. The ultimate goal is to provide every disabled athlete with an opportunity to perform in front of a live audience, hear the cheers and applause of the crowd, and create lasting memories.