(Truckee, California, November 3, 2016) — California’s High Fives Foundation is awarding Ellsworth resident Josh Brookshaw an Empowerment Grant for a high performance monoski to enable him to progress in adaptive skiing. Brookshaw is in recovery from a life-altering injury he received in 2005. This grant is in collaboration with the Kelly Brush Foundation that provides adaptive equipment to injured athletes.
Brookshaw was injured in a snowmobile accident on February 25th, 2013. The accident led to a burst fracture and bone fragments that damaged his spinal cord leaving him paralyzed from the waist down.
“This grant is going to give me the ability to become a mono-ski instructor with the program that taught me how to ski,” said Brookshaw. “This grant also gives me freedom to ski with my two children.”
“Josh is a very good skier, and earned an alternate spot to the US Nationals,” said Roy Tuscany executive director of the High Fives Foundation. “He could definitely benefit from new equipment because Josh wants to become the best monoskier he can.”
Brookshaw attended a United State Olympic Committee ski race camp hosted by the High Fives Foundation last year.
Some funding for the adaptive equipment was awarded by the Kelly Brush Foundation located in Vermont.