Lisa Simmons climbs to raise money for youth and veterans with disabilities.
President of Atlanta-based Beacon Management Services Lisa Simmons begins her 4th Annual “Moving Mountains” hike on August 16 – 24, 2022 to benefit BlazeSports America. This year’s climb takes Simmons to Switzerland, where she will climb the Alps, culminating at Mont Blanc, the tallest mountain in Western Europe.
The trek includes steep vertical ascents through the Italian, French and Swiss Alps using high-altitude gear such as crampons, harnesses, and ice axes.
“I’m proud to represent BlazeSports on my climb,” said Simmons. “This nonprofit provides life-changing sports programs and athletic equipment for young adults and military veterans with physical disabilities. As a female business owner, I recognize the importance they place on inclusion for all participants.”
BlazeSports America has an overwhelming demand for its programs from families affected by surging housing, gas and food prices.
Simmons said, “Inflation is particularly challenging to families with special needs children because they typically have higher medical costs.”
This is Simmons’ fourth fundraiser hike in support of BlazeSports. Past hikes include the Rim to Trim trail across the Grand Canyon, Machu Picchu in Peru via the Inca Trail, and summiting Mt. Kilimanjaro in Africa, the tallest freestanding mountain in the world. To date, Simmons has raised $75,000 for BlazeSports. All donations are tax-deductible, and 100% of proceeds go directly to the nonprofit organization.
“We are thrilled to have Lisa’s support and for her to raise awareness of our programs in such a fun way,” said Dawn Churi, BlazeSports America executive director. “At BlazeSports, we encourage athletes with all levels of abilities to achieve new heights, and Lisa’s efforts demonstrate this same philosophy.”
About BlazeSports America
BlazeSports America is the direct legacy nonprofit organization of the 1996 Atlanta Paralympic Games. For 26 years, BlazeSports America has created adaptive sport and recreation opportunities for individuals with physical disabilities. Based in Atlanta, it is a two-time winner of the U.S. Olympic Committee’s Rings of Gold (2016 and 2017). BlazeSports America is a member of the United States Olympic Committee – Multi-Sport Organizational Council, and the USA Member Organization of the Cerebral Palsy International Sport and Recreation Association (CPISRA). To donate any amount, please visit the secure website at www.BlazeSports.org/BlazeHike.