Triple Amputee Snowboarder Receives Surprise Challenged Athletes Foundation Grant From Snowboarding Legend Shaun White
Challenged Athletes Foundation and Shaun White surprise Zach Sherman with CAF training and coaching grant
Salt Lake City, UT, March 30, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — The Challenged Athletes Foundation (CAF) and Olympic snowboarding legend Shaun White orchestrated a special surprise for Zach Sherman, a triple amputee from Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. The five-time Olympic snowboarding legend met his biggest fan while in Woodward Park City for his new lifestyle brand, Whitespace. Shaun surprised Zach for a snowboarding session together, then presented him with a grant from CAF for training, travel and training expenses so he could pursue his dream of competing in adaptive snowboarding.
After the two met, Shaun helped Zach onto the chairlift and the two raced down the slopes sharing a few laughs. “It was an amazing morning on the mountain meeting Zach, he’s such an inspiration to everyone,” White said. “I was thrilled to play a small part in his journey with adaptive snowboarding and help support CAF’s mission to provide opportunities and access to sports for people with physical challenges.”
“I thought I was just going to practice with my coach at Woodward in Park City,” Sherman said. “When I was waiting at the chairlift, a snowboarder dressed in black walked up to me, raised his glasses and said, ‘Hey man, I’m Shaun, do you want to go for a few tricks?'”
They boarded the elevator asking about each other’s lives, then sped down the slopes together.
“We got into the halfpipe and Shaun landed a few tricks right in front of me. Downstairs, he reached into his pocket, handed me a CAF scholarship and told me to go live my dreams. Their shared experience demonstrates that with the right equipment, access and opportunity, athletes of all skill levels can hit the slopes and the halfpipe together.
Zach Sherman, the 35-year-old red-haired adaptive snowboarder, lost both legs and an arm after a life-threatening motorcycle accident in 2010. Zach has been an avid snowboarder since the late 90s and says the sport is an integral part part of his life from an early age. After his accident, sport became the motivation behind his remarkable survival and recovery. Over the past 12 years, Zach has restarted his life and adapted as a triple amputee. He got out of his wheelchair, established his mobility with the help of prosthetic legs and is now enjoying an independent life. After several years of developing footwork with binding attachments, he learned to snowboard again and was able to improve prostheses to become a better adaptive snowboarder.
“Thanks to the CAF grant for training, education and travel funds, Zach will be able to continue to improve his growing abilities and participate in events suited to the pursuit of his dreams,” said Christy Fritts, gatekeeper. word of CAF.
For 29 years, the Challenged Athletes Foundation has been leading the way in the world of adaptive sports. The mission was created to meet the needs of people with physical challenges wanting to participate and compete in sports. In April, CAF will distribute more than 3,000 grants to individuals around the world for adapted sports equipment, training and competition expenses. Everyone has a unique personal story, and without this essential funding, participation in sports would be inaccessible due to the general lack of insurance coverage for adaptive equipment and limited opportunities for these individuals to practice and compete. CAF believes that everyone should have access to sport.
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About the Challenged Athletes Foundation
The Challenged Athletes Foundation® (CAF) is a global leader in helping people with physical challenges lead active, healthy lives. CAF believes that participation in physical activity at all levels increases self-esteem, promotes independence and improves quality of life. Since 1994, more than $134 million has been raised and more than 35,000 funding requests from people with physical disabilities in all 50 states and more than 70 countries have been satisfied. In addition, CAF’s outreach efforts reach an additional 60,000 people each year. Whether it’s a $2,500 grant for a handcycle, helping to secure an uninsured carbon fiber racing foot, or getting the enthusiastic encouragement of a mentor who triumphed over a similar challenge, CAF’s mission is clear: to provide opportunities and support for those who want to lead an active and athletic life. To learn more, visit https://www.challengedathletes.org/ or call 858-866-0959.
CONTACT: Christy Fritts Challenged Athletes Foundation 858.442.9570 [email protected]