The Kelly Brush Foundation is a private 501(c)3 non-profit organization dedicated to assisting individuals with spinal cord injuries and increasing ski racing safety. The Foundation offers two types of grants, individual (for adaptive athletic equipment) and club (for ski racing safety improvements. The Foundation also promotes ski racing safety through a public awareness poster campaign to ski clubs and areas throughout the United States. A portion of funds is also contributed to the US Adaptive Ski Team and to spinal cord research.
The major fundraiser of the Foundation is our Century Ride which takes place each September in Middlebury, Vermont. The Kelly Brush Century Ride has grown in the six years since its inception to be the largest charity ride in Vermont and the largest hand cycling ride in the Northeast. With over 720 road cyclists and 24 hand cyclists in 2012 the ride raised $250,000 for the Foundation and its programs.
Watch the video below, originally aired on ESPN in 2010, to hear Kelly talk about the Foundation and why she founded it. To hear a longer interview with Kelly talking about the Foundation and its impact, check out our Mission Statement page.