Rebuilding Lives After Spinal Cord Injury

Welcome to Reality

Preventing violence, prevents spinal cord injury. 

According to the National Spinal Cord Injury Statistical Center, violence is the 3rd leading cause of spinal cord injury and more than 13% of those injuries are caused by gun shot wounds.  NYCSCIA has partnered with Namel Norris and Ricardo Velasquez to try and do something about this by launching a new initiative to reach out to school kids through music called The Welcome to Reality Tour.


Hip Hop Performers Send a Message

25944921960_abe6fa3c25_oNamel “Tapwaterz”Norris and Ricardo “Rickfire” Velasquez formed the Hip Hop duo, 4 Wheel City, after becoming paralyzed from gun violence as teenagers.  For the last 10 years they have brought their story of survival and redemption to audiences across the county, introducing a “hip” new way to engage today’s youth in a conversation about violence and its consequences through a combination  of storytelling and musical performances.


4 Wheel City has performed across the nation including the Disability Pride Parade in NYC, the U.S. Capitol Visitors Center in Washington, D.C. , the Abilities Expos in NYC and LA and has been featured on the cover of New Mobility magazine and the NY1 Persons of the Week.


Bring the Tour to your school or facility.

Contact:  Namel Norris (aka Tapwaterz) or Ricardo Velasquez (Rickfire)

Phone:  646-204-1453    Email:

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