Thursday April 04, 2013
When millions of fans are riveted to the NCAA Final Four basketball games, viewers will also catch the remarkable story of a Vermont ski racer who rebounded from tragedy to start a foundation for paralyzed athletes.
The story of Kelly Brush Davisson and the Kelly Brush Foundation, which she started after becoming paralyzed in a ski racing crash, will be featured on CBS during the NCAA Div. 1 men’s basketball finals. The segment is scheduled to air at 3:30 p.m. on April 6. Brush Davisson, 26, who grew up in Charlotte, is one of six former NCAA athletes to be profiled as part of the NCAA/Buick Human Highlight Reel during the finals.
“After my spinal cord injury, working to make ski racing safer seemed like the right thing to do, and, as an athlete, it likewise seemed natural to get back to the sports I love and to do the same for others with spinal cord injuries. I’m honored that we were selected to tell our story during the Final Four. This is a terrific opportunity to deliver our message on a national stage,” Brush Davisson said.
Brush Davisson, together with her family, founded the Kelly Brush Foundation based in South Burlington, in 2006, following a ski racing crash that left her paralyzed. Despite her injury she remained active in sports, winning the women’s handcycle division of the Boston Marathon in 2011.
In the six years since its inception, the foundation has raised over $1 million to support the foundation’s two-pronged mission to improve the quality of life for those living with spinal cord injury through helping athletes purchase adaptive gear and to improve ski racing safety by assisting race programs across the country in procuring safety equipment, such as netting to line courses.
SOURCE: Kelly Brush Foundation