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October 25, 2017
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October 26, 2017
Disability Services is partnering with several other campus groups/departments to bring snowboarder, Kevin Pearce to campus.
Kevin Pearce, former professional snowboarder, is an inspirational public speaker and co-founder of LoveYourBrain LLC. He is an advocate for the prevention of brain injuries and the promotion of a brain healthy lifestyle. In 2005 at age 18, Kevin soared above others in his division and quickly became the athlete to watch in the ever-evolving sport or snowboarding. With his smooth style, spellbinding tricks, and panache for the unexpected, fans came to know that whatever came next from Pearce would amaze. Kevin has earned back-to-back quarter-pipe victories at The Oakley Arctic Challenge, as well as two Air&Style victories. At the end of the 2008 season he was deemed TTR (Ticket to Ride) Champion. After the 2009 Winter X Games, when he won the Silver Medal, Kevin was a strong contender to win gold in the 2010 Vancouver Olympics.
On December 31, 2009, while training for the Olympic trials in Park City, Utah, and practicing a trick on the half-pipe, Kevin suffered a severe traumatic brain injury. Although he was wearing a helmet at the time, the injury left Kevin in critical condition and in a medically induced coma. Although his half-pipe career was brought to an end that day, his determination and drive to strive through rehabilitation, personal training, and giving back to others continues to inspire his family, friends, and fans every day.
“The Crash Reel,” is an HBO documentary film directed by two-time Oscar-nominated director Lucy Walker. This film chronicled Kevin’s journey to accept his new life. Post-accident, Kevin has become a passionate advocate for the prevention of brain injuries and the promotion of a brain healthy lifestyle for all people.
This event will take place on Wednesday, October 25th from 5:30-9:30 pm in the HUB Ballroom. There will be free food!