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Kelly Brush Davisson named Sports Illustrated “Athlete Who Cares”

Led by Kelly Brush, Handcyclists line up for the start of the Kelly Brush Century Ride in Middlebury on Saturday. The seventh annual ride through the Champlain Valley drew over 700 riders and volunteers including 24 adaptive athletes using handcycles. The event supports the Kelly Brush Foundation raising funds for spinal cord injury prevention and adaptive sports equipment grants. The ride also supports the foundation’s mission to improve ski racing safety. The ride has grown to be the state’s largest charity ride and is one of the best attended events in the Northeast for adaptive athletes using handcycles. (Photo by Rajan Chawla Photography)

BURLINGTON, Vt. (Dec. 8, 2012) Kelly Brush Davisson has been selected as one of 10 Athletes Who Care by Sports Illustrated magazine.

The magazine’s December 10 issue, on newsstands now, includes Brush Davisson on a list of athletes singled out for the charitable work they do off the playing field. Brush Davisson, 26, founded the Kelly Brush Foundation 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 $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.

As one of the Sports Illustrated honorees, Brush Davisson is in the company of well known pro athletes including L.A. Clippers basketball player Grant Hill, Arizona Cardinals football player Larry Fitzgerald and Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher Clayton Kershaw.

“I’m humbled and honored to be included on this list,” Brush Davisson said. “This group of incredibly gifted athletes who choose to honor their achievement by turning around and giving back is an inspiration for me and the work of the Kelly Brush Foundation.”

The Kelly Brush Century Ride powered by VBT Bicycling and Walking Vacations is the foundation’s primary fundraiser. Held in September, the 100-mile ride through the Champlain Valley draws over 700 riders.

About the foundation: The Kelly Brush Foundation is a non-profit organization dedicated to improving ski racing safety, enhancing the quality of life for those with spinal cord injury(SCI) through providing adaptive sports equipment, advancing scientific research on SCI and supporting the U.S. Adaptive Ski Team. Kelly Brush, together with her family, started the foundation in 2006 after she sustained a severe spinal cord injury while racing in NCAA Div. 1 competition as a member of the Middlebury College Ski Team in Vermont. The Kelly Brush Foundation affirms Kelly’s ongoing commitment to live life on her own terms and better the lives of others living with SCI. www.kellybrushfoundation.org

Led by Kelly Brush, Handcyclists start the Kelly Brush Century Ride in Middlebury on Saturday. The seventh annual ride through the Champlain Valley drew over 700 riders and volunteers including 24 adaptive athletes using handcycles. The event supports the Kelly Brush Foundation raising funds for spinal cord injury prevention and adaptive sports equipment grants. The ride also supports the foundation’s mission to improve ski racing safety. The ride has grown to be the state’s largest charity ride and is one of the best attended events in the Northeast for adaptive athletes using handcycles. (Photo by Rajan Chawla Photography)

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