“Push Girls” sneak preview part of SADD, Sundance, Seventeen campaign

Mia Schaikewitz, Auti Rivera, Angela Rockwood-Nguyen and Tiphany Adams
(L-R) Mia Schaikewitz, Auti Rivera, Angela Rockwood-Nguyen, Tiphany Adams

TV doesn’t frequently inspire. Tonight it does with the sneak preview of Sundance Channel’s docu-series Push Girls (airing at 10pm ET/PT). Unfiltered and very, very personal, Push Girls follows four confident and inspiring Los Angeles women who are paralyzed from either the waist or neck down.

The sneak preview is part of a pro-social campaign geared at raising awareness about the dual dangers of driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol or riding with someone who is. Sundance Channel, Seventeen magazine and SADD (Students Against Destructive Decisions) have partnered together for this. The campaign includes an online pledge, live today on facebook.com/seventeenmagazine and sundancechannel.com, a PSA, which will air on Sundance Channel and seventeen.com, and a feature in Seventeen’s May issue, on newsstands now.

In a press release issued today, Sarah Barnett, Sundance Channel General Manager, stated, “We’re pleased to partner with SADD and Seventeen on this important issue and to help promote students making healthier, safer choices in their lives. Our ‘Push Girls’ live with the ramifications of destructive decisions – particularly drunk driving. While the series captures their daily challenges, it’s the personal triumphs, humor and boldness of these women that shatters all expectations of what it’s like to live life in a wheelchair.”

“Teens have the world of opportunities open to them, but they may not have the experience to recognize risks from dangerous behaviors like underage drinking and riding with an impaired driver,” said Penny Wells, SADD’s executive director.  “This is where friends can help – by speaking up and watching out for their friends. Chelsie delivers this message as a peer and SADD is proud to be a part of this project.”

Our interviews with four of the incredibly inspiring women profiled in Push Girls will be featured in the June issue of Channel Guide Magazine, when the series makes its official premiere on June 5 at 10pm ET/PT.