SARASOTA, Florida –
Hoveround, manufacturer of best-selling power chairs and scooters, announced today a brand new family of mobility devices aimed at the more active, sports-minded consumer.
The ‘Skate-A-Round’ product line was unveiled at the 10th Annual Mobility Product Showcase held at Sarasota’s Municipal Auditorium.
“Our customers have come to rely on the dependability, safety and convenience of our scooters and wheelchairs,” said Boyd Miller, Hoveround Mobility Specialist. “More and more seniors are living longer and leading more active lives, and we received a few feisty letters and emails asking us for more exciting products.”
71-year-old Preston Jacobs attended the mobility showcase and eagerly volunteered to demonstrate the new Skate-A-Round. “It’s great!” said the retired tennis instructor. “I was what you call an all-around athlete. I played tennis, I swam, I enjoyed skateboarding and baseball — I once pitched a no-hitter in a celebrity all-star game for charity. I struck out Hank Aaron! He ran over and shook my hand. He sends me a Christmas card every year! Extraordinary guy!”
Jacobs demonstrated the electrically powered skateboard for the convention’s visitors. “First, you gotta snap down these 2 training wheel brackets on each side by stepping on this bar. Then you grab onto the handle where the activity lever is. You lean back on the seat, push the ‘up’ handle to go forward, and the ‘down’ handle to go back. It’s like being a kid again,” he said, as he sped from one product booth to another.
Another mobility product manufactured under the Skate-A-Round brand is the ‘Hipster,’ a wraparound device powered by 4 in-line skates attached to a specially modified walker.
“The Hipster is designed for the active senior who wants to feel a bit more stable,” explained Miller. “The belted waistband wraps and snaps around the lower body like a girdle, so there’s no fear of losing your balance, and possibly breaking a hip. Active seniors can still enjoy the full skateboard experience without the anxiety.”
“We’re excited to offer new options for our more active customers,” said Miller. Look at the crowd around our booth! This looks like another top-selling line for us!”
“I’ll be right back,” said Miller, rushing off. “I lost track of Mr. Jacobs. The last time I saw him he was doing a tailstop in front of The ‘Little Rascal’ scooter booth. They’re our largest competitor. I don’t want them studying our product too closely!”