Tony Schmeissing, a recent KBF grant recipient, wrote this post on his blog about his gratitude toward the Kelly Brush Foundation for the award of his grant funding. It’s really inspiring – thanks, Tony, for sharing!
While there is no shortage of stoke and gratitude captured on the above video (hell, even pushing half a mile in a cold December rain couldn’t dampen my enthusiasm. Though, in retrospect that wasn’t the wisest of moves), I do feel the need to further explain — albeit briefly — why these grants have meant so much to me beyond their financial support.
When I applied for these grants, I put my heart and soul into them as much as anything I’ve ever written. In a limited amount of space, I’ve tried to tell the story of who I am and how my goals and ambitions further paint the story of Tony Schmiesing. But more importantly than this, I’ve tried to paint a much bigger story… a collective story… a story that doesn’t begin or end with me.
Sounds hokey? To some, maybe. But it’s the truth, and I believe these foundations, through their awards, have been able to see this. I have no allusions that these grants were given generously to me, Tony Schmiesing (the berkeley ginger quadriplegic bi-skiier), but I also know they were done so because they see how I connect to, and can relatively influence, the bigger picture… and for this I couldn’t be more honored, stoked and endlessly grateful!
Thank you to everyone who has contributed to this mind blowingly beautiful life!
If you want to know more on my thoughts on this ridiculous new bi-ski, check out the end of this blog:
Tony also shared this photo of him in his new KBF Century Ride t-shirt – thanks for sporting our look, Tony!
If you want to read more from Tony check out his blog that he updates regularly at http://www.fasterbarnacle.com/