Ski Safety Grants

Reprinted from PN/Paraplegia News March 2014

The Kelly Brush Foundation has received a big boost in its goal to improve ski racing safety for those with spinal-cord injuries (SCI).

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On Jan. 6, the foundation awarded $135,853 in grants to individuals for adaptive sports gear and participation, and to ski racing clubs and organizations for safety equipment, president Charlie Brush announced in Burlington, Vt. It marked the most funding and number of grants awarded since the foundation’s inception eight years ago.

Forty-two recipients received a total of $112,941 through the foundation’s individual grant program and 33 received funds for purchasing adaptive sports gear like handcycles or monoskis. Nine people were also given assistance to experience an adaptive sport in hopes they make that sport a part of their lives.

“With each grant for adaptive sports gear, the foundation makes a meaningful contribution to helping those with SCI conquer the challenges of paralysis through love of sport,” says Brush in a press release. “For every Ski Racing Safety grant awarded, we continue the work of improving the safety of the sport and
preventing injury.”

Seven clubs also received Ski Racing Safety grants totaling $22,912. The grants help clubs buy safety netting for training and race courses and safety gear for athletes.

The Kelly Brush Foundation is a nonprofit organization dedicated to improving ski racing safety, enhancing the quality of life for those with SCI through providing adaptive sports equipment, advancing scientific research on SCI and supporting the U.S. Adaptive Ski Team.

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