As one of the 8 nominees for the Adventurer of the Year award by National Geographic, champion and former professional snowboarder Kevin Pearce is a strong candidate for the 2014 People’s Choice Adventurer of the Year. With an emphasis on achievements in exploration, adventure sports, conservation, and humanitarianism, National Geographic is searching for individuals that push the boundaries of reality.
Known to be the only true competition against the legendary Shaun White, Kevin Pearce humbly defeated White and was declared the champion of the World Snowboard Tour in 2008.
Tragically, after a traumatic brain injury from a snowboarding accident in Park City, Pearce woke up from a 6-day coma, needing to relearn the basics functions such as holding a pencil. Pearce’s career as a professional snowboarder tragically came to a close in 2009.
However, with the support from his family, Pearce’s love, dedication and success to the sport of snowboarding continued in a different aspect. Now a motivational speaker, a sports commentator, and an advocate for Down syndrome and brain injuries, Pearce remains to have an incredibly positive impact on many.
Inspiring many, Pearce created the “Love Your Brain” campaign which encourages the youth to wear helmets and protect themselves in order to enjoy the sport of snowboarding as long as possible. This creative campaign not only provides insurance for athletes but also education on head injury prevention. Kevin’s passion to be involved in the snowboard community is still strong.
Vote for your favorite nominee of National Geographic’s 2014 Adventurer of the Year until January 31, 2014. National Geographic will announce the winner in February 2014.
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