With your help, we can change lives

With your help, we can change lives

November 20, 2017 Off By Hawkeye Johnson

Building confidence by pushing ourselves and completing goals leads to greater self esteem for us all including those living with a disability. The outdoors is a perfect arena in which to accomplish this.

Scottie McDonald water skiing.

Adaptive athletes today are challenging themselves in sports like biking by completing marathons as well as on and off road adventures. They are competing in sporting events like the X Games and the ParaOlympics. Tennis, waterskiing, surfing, kayak, and fishing are other activities promoting ways to gain the confidence and strive for the best quality of life possible.

With your help, GoHawkeye has completed it’s third exciting year helping adaptive athletes of all ages build the confidence to improve their lives.

Thanks to your support we have made a difference in the lives of these athletes and helped these organizations in 2017:

Skier Josh Hancock. Photographer Craig Stein.

Josh Hancock- We helped fund a DynAccess sitski and outriggers with a equipment grant as well as a experience grant allowing Josh to attend the Expand Your Horizon adaptive ski camp in Telluride, Colorado.

Wendy Ong- GoHawkeye awarded a experience grant to participate in a summer ski trip to Chile with a group of adaptive athletes.

Jerrold Mangliwan- We teamed with World Wheelchair Express to fund a racing wheelchair to this Olympic hopeful from the Philippines.

Roland Cagnon- Our foundation provided Enabling Technologies outriggers to help him become an adaptive instructor.

Takehisa Matsuda- Take received an equipment grant to help fund DynAccess sitski, outriggers and ski lessons for ski racing.

Anna Soens- Anna received an equipment grant to help fund DynAccess sitski and outriggers to aid her in instructing sitski lessons and for her backcountry adventures.

Scottie McDonald- The winner of our Leg Up 2.0 contest. GoHawkeye partnered with Fabtech Systems and Smugglers Brew Pub to provide the BTK Crossover knee to this amputee. In addition, GoHawkeye provided a four day experience in Telluride using the knee in a variety of outdoor activities.

Emeri riding the Wildcat.

By using our youth development fund, we also partnered with ReActive Adaptations to purchase kids handcycles for Oregon Adaptive Sports and Teton Adaptive Sports in Wyoming. This youth development fund was founded by 11 year old philanthropists Anika Parr and Helena Burger who were inspired by GoHawkeye.

This year, the GoHawkeye Foundation also helped support the Telluride Adaptive Sports Program through experience grant participants and equipment donations.

Your support will continue to impact lives! Your donation can provide:

  • Custom adult handcycle or sitski- $7,500.00
  • Custom child handcycle – $3,000.00
  • BTK Crossover mechanical knee- $4,500.00
  • Five day ski camp- $1,100.00
  • Stand up outriggers- $400.00
  • Ski Lesson- $100.00

We hope to do even more next year. May the coming year bring you good health, joy and happiness. Please share in the spirit of the season by making a donation today. GoDonate HERE or send a check to GoHawkeye Foundation, PO Box 1132, Telluride, CO. 81435. The GoHawkeye Foundation is a recognized 501(C)3 non-profit and donations are tax deductible.

GoHawkeye is 100 percent staffed by passionate and dedicated volunteers. Grassroots organizations like this one are fundamental in changing lives. We are committed to making a difference but we need you help!