February Sunshine Fund recipient:
The Kelly Brush Foundation (KBF) focuses mainly on helping people with spinal cord injuries be active, and they are also a national leader in ski racing safety. Recently they have worked with the Green Mountain Valley School (GMVS) and the entire alpine ski racing community to address the increase in laceration injuries in ski racing. KBF has brought the national “Stop the Bleed” movement to the sport, distributing emergency response supplies and providing trainings. Their next step will be to provide education and advocacy on proper ski care to minimize risk, and apparel to protect junior athletes including those on the hill everyday in the Mad River Valley. This issue has become increasingly urgent and significant as the frequency of laceration injuries has grown exponentially the last two ski seasons. Their focus during the 2021 season will be education and advocacy. Sunshine Fund donations will be used to develop and disseminate education and support to GMVS students in increasing their own personal safety and that of the sport. KBF is working with GMVS to bring awareness, prevention, and life-saving responses to the growing issue of laceration injuries in alpine ski racing.