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Sports Illustrated Honors Kelly Brush Davisson as an “Athlete Who Cares”

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Kelly Brush Davisson 2012Kelly Brush Davisson, founder of the Kelly Brush Foundation, has been selected as one of 10 Athletes Who Care by Sports Illustrated magazine. Davisson, 26, started her foundation after sustaining a spinal cord injury that left her paralyzed after a ski racing crash.

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.



  1. Handcycles shouldnt be allowed in marathons. I’m a disabled triathlete
    And there is a distinct difference between Handcycles (bicycles with 27 gears
    that you use your arms to propel) and racing wheelchairs with no gears that
    you propel with gloves and your arms. The two are completely different and
    wheelchair racing has been accepted as a “Division” with awards & prize money
    since the 1975. Handcycles were added to the Boston Marathon after a group
    of people brought a rediculous lawsuit and contacted the media and used
    disabled veterans as leverage to force their way into the Boston Marathon
    and other marathons across the country. The truth is, Handcycles cause
    confusion amongst spectators and race organizers who don’t understand
    the difference between a racing wheelchair and a Handcycle. This ultimately
    dilutes the quality of the competitive nature of wheelchair racing and the fact
    that it takes an individual three times as long and much more physical effort
    to compete in a racing wheelchair than in a Handcycle. Handcycles do have
    a place in adaptive sport, they have their own federations, their own competitions
    outside of marathons and it’s time (overdue) that they acknowledge this.

  2. I agree with John, Hand cycles don’t belong in marathons. I too am a triathlete who uses both a
    Handcycle & racing wheelchair. Handcycles have a separate and distinct place in triathlons as well as their own competition in the Paralympics. The Paralympics would never allow a Handcyclist to compete in the marathon competition. It sad that a lawsuit and politics ruined it for wheelchair racers in marathons across the country. It’s like allowing an able bodied runner to ride his/her bike in a marathon, it would never be allowed and makes no sense.

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