Kelly Brush Foundation Awards $45K for Adaptive Sports Equipment
Inspiration Awards Enhance the Lives of Those With SCI
BURLINGTON, Vt. (Dec. 16, 2010) –The Kelly Brush Foundation awarded $45,000 in Kelly Brush Inspiration Grants for adaptive sports equipment to recipients from Maine to California, Executive Director Joyce Wallace announced.
In all, 14 individuals from across the United States who are living with spinal cord injury (SCI) received grants for adaptive equipment including monoskis and handcyles.
“By providing individuals with adaptive sports equipment through Kelly Brush Inspiration Grants, the foundation significantly enhances the lives of those with spinal cord injuries enabling them to get back to the sport they love or to experience a form of recreation brand new to them,” Wallace said.
Grant recipients included Ben Hulin from Southbend, Ind. who suffered a spinal cord injury in a motorcycle accident. Hulin will use his award to purchase a mono-ski for teaching adaptive skiing at the National Ability Center in Park City Utah and to pursue his dream of alpine racing.
“Each year the Kelly Brush Foundation grows, we are able to make a positive
difference in the lives of more people with spinal cord injuries,” said Charlie
Brush, Foundation President and father of Kelly Brush.
About the foundation: The Kelly Brush Foundation is a non-profit organization dedicated to its four-part mission to provide adaptive athletic equipment for individuals with traumatic spinal cord injuries, improving safety in ski racing, advancing scientific research on SCI and supporting the U.S. Adaptive Ski Team. The Foundation began in 2006 after Kelly sustained a severe spinal cord injury While racing in a NCAA Division 1 competition as a member of the Middlebury College ski team in Vermont. The Foundation affirms Kelly’s ongoing Commitment to live life on her own terms and enhance the lives of others living with SCI.
PHOTO CAPTION: Ben Hulin of Southbend Ind. monoskiing at Park City, Utah where he teaches adaptive skiing. Hulin was awarded a Kelly Brush Inspiration Grant from the Kelly Brush Foundation that will enable him to buy his own monoski. Hulin was one of 14 grant recipients given awards for the purchase of adaptive sports equipment.