Kelly Brush Century Ride raises $275,000

first_imgThe Kelly Brush Century Ride raised a record amount and drew the largest turnout in the six year history of the annual event held in Middlebury, Vermont. The 100-mile ride held on Sept. 10, raised over $275,000 for spinal cord injury prevention, adaptive sports and ski racing safety. A total of 721 riders participated in the scenic ride through the Champlain Valley. ‘With blue skies and comfortable temperatures, we could not have ordered a better day for the Kelly Brush Ride,’ said Charlie Brush, president of the Kelly Brush Foundation. ‘I’d like to send out a huge thank you to all who rode and raised money. Thanks to the efforts of our many supporters, the foundation will be able to do more than ever to help people face the challenges of paralysis through the love of sport and improve ski racing safety.’   The largest fundraising ride in the state, the Kelly Brush Century Ride is also one of the best attended rides in the Northeast for handcyclists. This year 24 participants rode the course on handcycles.  The 100-mile ride raises money to support the Kelly Brush Foundation’s multi-faceted mission including:  improving ski racing safety, enhancing the quality of life for those with SCI through adaptive sports equipment grants, advancing scientific research on SCI and supporting the U.S. Adaptive Ski Team.  For every $5,000 raised, the foundation donates adaptive sports equipment in the name of the team or individual who raised the money. In addition, funds raised support ski racing safety grants awarded to clubs and racing organizations across the country for safety equipment such as netting to line race courses and protective gear for racers.  The Kelly Brush Century Ride was started by the Middlebury College Ski Team as a way to raise money to buy an adaptive mono-ski for team member Kelly Brush, who was paralyzed as the result of a ski racing crash. Brush and her family later founded a non-profit, and the ride was opened to the public.  The Kelly Brush Century Ride is made possible thanks to the generosity of participants and sponsors including: VBT Bicycling and Walking Vacations, Shearer Audi, Sugarbush Resort, Earthlogic and many others. 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. www.kellybrushfoundation.org(link is external) IMAGE CAPTIONS:Kelly Brush, on right, lines up with other handcyclists and bicyclists at the start of the sixth annual Kelly Brush Century Ride. The ride, which started and finished in Middlebury, Vt., drew 721 participants, the highest in the event’s history, and raised a record amount for the foundation.Bicyclists in the Kelly Brush Century Ride pedal past a cornfield with Camel’s Hump in the background. The ride, which started and finished in Middlebury, Vt., drew 721 participants, the highest in the event’s history, and raised a record amount for the foundation.  BURLINGTON, Vt. (Sept. 15, 2011)last_img read more

Landry out for ’06 season

first_imgBRYAN FAUST/Herald photoThere has been a lot of conjecture this past week on the future of Marcus Landry. Finally, at a press conference Monday, the freshman forward announced that he has been ruled academically ineligible for the spring 2006 semester and will be forced to sit out for the remainder of the season.”As many of you know I have just found out that I have been ruled ineligible to play basketball this semester,” Landry said. “The reason that this is so late and that you are finding out about this now is because I was going through a process that every student is allowed to go through with my professors in finding out what I could have done to get a better grade or what little thing I could have done to have been eligible to play basketball.”I do have a slight disability that is being worked on as we speak, and I was going through the process of talking to my professors,” Landry continued. “It was a little confusing with some of my professors in the way I was supposed to take test. I did retake some tests and I passed them, but some of the professors I was unable to get through and unable to get changed what I had done (sic).”Hailing from Milwaukee, Landry attended Vincent High School where he was a unanimous first-team all-State selection by the Associated Press. According to Landry, his skills on the court gave him a chance that not many students from his high school receive in attending an academic institution such as UW.”Many kids from Vincent High School don’t get this kind of opportunity to play or to even get into a school like this,” Landry explained. “I’m one of the students that took on this challenge from Milwaukee’s Vincent and I’m here and I’m not going to stop fighting or stop working.”Before being ruled ineligible, Landry was averaging six points and three rebounds a game. Landry was also averaging 15.4 minutes a game. Now Landry will be required to sit on the bench and watch his teammates as they attempt to close out the Big Ten season on a winning note.”I’m looking forward to helping my team in any way that I can when I’m not playing. … I was only hundredths of a point a way from being eligible and it hurts me and I know it hurts my teammates, but we are all in this together and we are all going to be strong.”I’m sorry and I’m going to move forward and try to do my best to succeed in the end.”last_img read more