Kevin Pearce and ‘The Crash Reel’
Burr and Burton headmaster, Mark Tashjian, announced that Kevin Pearce, former professional snowboarder, inspirational survivor, sports commentator, motivational speaker and advocate for brain injury research and Down Syndrome, will be the 2014 commencement speaker at 5:30 p.m. on Friday, June 13. At age 18, Pearce burst onto the world snowboarding stage and was training for the Vancouver Olympics when he suffered a life-threatening brain injury. He is now an advocate for education and research on traumatic brain injuries, which he promotes through his recently-launched ‘Love Your Brain’ campaign. The Pearce Family also created the Kevin Pearce Fund, in partnership with the Vermont Community Foundation, to help fund non profit organizations that support families who face similar challenges. His dramatic story has been documented in the movie ‘The Crash Reel,’ which chronicles his epic rise, horrific crash and valiant struggle to recover. The film will be shown at 7 p.m. on Friday, May 9, in the BBA Riley Center for the Arts in Manchester, Vt. The event is free and open to the public. A donation in support of the Love Your Brain Foundation is suggested. More information about Kevin Pearce can be found at kevinpearce.com.