Episode 8 features Kirstie Ennis – recent Pat Tillman Award for Service winner at the ESPYs but most notably a former marine and current athletic philanthropist. Kirstie lives in the Roaring Fork Valley of Colorado where she has started a foundation to continue the work she started in the military: serving others selflessly.
Kirstie served as a door gunner and CH-53 Helicopter Mechanic in the US Marine Corps, but her aircraft crashed during combat operations in Afghanistan in 2012, and she was critically injured. In addition to her left leg being amputated, she sustained significant facial trauma, spinal injuries, a traumatic brain injury, and shoulder injuries. After recovery, Kirstie became dedicated to exceeding expectations.
Today, she works as a stuntwoman in major motion pictures, as a veterans’ advocate, and as an adaptive extreme athlete. In an effort to repurpose herself to continue serving people as she did in the military, Kirstie established the Kirstie Ennis Foundation to provide education, opportunity, and healing in the outdoors and to support other non-profits dedicated to improving the quality of life of individuals and families. She is a spokesperson for the nonprofit organization Building Homes for Heroes, which provides adapted mortgage-free homes to critically injured veterans. She also sits on the board of non-profits Merging Vets and Players and Glam4Good. Kirstie adopted extreme sports as a way to inspire men, women, and children, with or without adversity, to use more of their potential. She also is pursuing a Doctorate in Education to accompany her Masters of Public Administration, Masters of Business Administration, and Masters in Human Behavior.
In Episode 8, Kirstie discusses what getting back up on your feet looks like, why sports are a way to do something bigger than yourself, why giving up and failing at that can change the trajectory of your life, and why passion is critical to living a fulfilling life. An athlete and an inspiration, Kirstie will change the way you talk to yourself after life-changing events and shows why it’s crucial to keep trying, even when life has other plans. Meet Kirstie Ennis.
Instagram (Foundation): @thekirstieennisfoundation
Instagram (Personal): @kirstie_ennis