A note from GoHawkeye athlete Logan FullerOctober 9, 2021
Photos courtesy of Logan Fuller
Hi my name is Logan Fuller, I broke my neck in a car accident in 2017 when I was 17 years old. I discovered monoskiing a year later and decided to take a couple lessons in Telluride. This is where I met some members of the GoHawkeye community who mentioned the foundation’s grant. I applied in December 2018 and received my grant from the GoHawkeye Foundation for my Tessier Scarver ski in early 2019. I began skiing the Scarver in 2020 and fell in love with the rig and skiing all over again. With the opportunity to ski anytime I wanted, I went from needing multiple people to assist me skiing to skiing independently. Now I have sit-skied at more resorts in three years than I snowboarded at in ten years. Some of the resorts I have sit-skied at are Telluride, Crested Butte, Copper Mountain, Breckenridge, Purgatory, Big Sky, and more! I look forward to adding on to my list of places skied and fun on the mountain thanks to the GoHawkeye Foundation and my Tessier Scarver!
The GoHawkeye Foundation changed my life in a time I needed it most. I was still new to the group that nobody chooses to be a part of and was in need of community and guidance. I felt stuck, confined to a wheelchair, and very unhappy with my life. When I connected with this community, they brought me in as if I was family and I was shown a new way of life for disabled people. Everyone was so active and supportive no matter what their unique situation was. It was impossible to not be inspired by such an amazing group of people. I quickly learned that life doesn’t have to be slow and boring after a life changing injury.
Receiving my grant for my sit ski not only gave me the opportunity to ski anytime I wanted, but opened a door to a whole new world of adaptive sports. I quickly went from a life of doing nothing all day, to living an active and healthy lifestyle. The first adaptive sport that I tried was sit skiing and I love it. Monoskiing taught me that I’m capable of doing just about anything I did before, it’s just going to be a little different. Since my first time skiing I’ve built the confidence to try a bunch of adaptive sports. I currently play wheelchair rugby, kayak, fish, ski, and I’m taking classes to get scuba certified. Being in the GoHawkeye community and receiving my sit ski increased my confidence and significantly reduced the barriers of entry to being able to participate in sports that I face as a disabled person.
Love to hear first hand accounts of how the Gohawkeye foundation has helped you and that its part of a bigger community helping connect those who need the outdoors. Be it with a grant or encouragement to try something new the good folks that are a part of the foundation spread the love and help year round. I encourage anyone who has the means to donate to a great cause and know that the money is truly helping those in need.