“I’m gonna talk about this day for the rest of my life.” -Zach Sherman
Olympic snowboarding legend Shaun White teamed up with the Challenged Athletes Foundation for a special very surprise in Park City. Shaun popped for a shred session with Zach Sherman, a triple-amputee snowboarder from Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, at Woodward Park City before presenting Sherman with a grant to help him with “coaching, travel and training expenses so he can pursue his dream of competing in adaptive snowboard competitions.”
KSL reports Sherman, 35, lost both legs and an arm after a life-threatening motorcycle accident in 2010. According to the Challenged Athletes Foundation, Sherman has been an avid snowboarder since the late 90s and claims the sport has been an integral part of his life from a young age.
“Over the last 12 years, Zach has restarted his life and has been adapting as a triple amputee. He has stepped out of his wheelchair, established mobility using prosthetic legs, and is currently enjoying independent living.” –CAF
Sherman thought it was going to be normal day on the slopes before being joined by his unexpected guest:
“I thought I was just going to train with my coach at Woodward in Park City. When I was waiting at the chairlift, a snowboarder wearing all black walked up to me, lifted his goggles, and said ‘Hey dude, I’m Shaun, wanna go take some laps?’”
The pair traded turns down the sun soaked trails of WPD before Shaun reached into his pocket and presented Zach with a grant from CAF to pursue his dreams.
“With the CAF grant for coaching, training and travel funds, Zach will be able to continue improving his rising ability and compete in adaptive events in pursuit of his dreams.” –CAF spokesperson, Christy Fritts
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The CAF was created to answer the needs of individuals with physical challenges wanting to participate and compete in sports. They say they will distribute over 3,000 grants to individuals around the world for adaptive sports equipment, training and competition expenses this month. MORE INFO HERE.