The 2021 Women’s Veterans Snowboarding Clinic was the best time of my life! Stepping outside my comfort zone is something I struggle with. So the fact that I conquered that along with meeting new people I can relate to was a double win. Everyone with TKEF is down to earth and they genuinely care; none of it is for show you can just tell how passionate and loving they are. Thank you TKEF for everything!!!!!!!!!! All of y’all rock!!!!!!!!!!!
What was so great about this was not being invisible. I’m married to a veteran and he’s gotten so many opportunities for veteran centric trips throughout the years. I’m always glad for him, but it’s still disheartening to not get to participate. It was nice to finally have a seat at the table no questions asked. From gear to clothes to food to lodging, it was all covered and freely given. I didn’t have to prove to anyone that I belonged or was worthy. It was so refreshing to have so many people in my corner and realize that I’m truly not alone.
It is difficult to put into words how much this clinic meant to me. The ability to take five days from my busy life and go hang out with fellow female vets and not have a care in the world was amazing. I love snowboarding and had gone a couple of times before the clinic, but the gear is expensive, so the sport was out of reach for me. This clinic changed all that. I can now pick up and go boarding any time I want, which is such a dream. Aside from getting out in the snow and having a blast, it was the relationships I made during the clinic that had a lasting impact. I can’t thank Kirstie Ennis, TKEF, all the various sponsors and supporters, and the other females in the clinic enough. I have made forever friendships, have access to a whole new sport, and am boldly pursuing the life I want and deserve. Thank you from the bottom of my heart. I am so excited to be on this new path and can’t wait to see where it takes me.
“We had three days to learn the basics of snowboarding, a sport I had never done before. I have always pushed myself to every challenge put in front of me. Snowboarding was different, it was tough, but all I needed to do was trust. Trust in Kirstie and the team to guide me through that mountain. I remember the lessons, the many falls, haha the tomahawk, but one thing for sure is I always got up. I kept going. Good things happen when you don’t give up. Good things happen when you least expect it. You connect with people for the right reason. Snowboarding has taught me about life so much and it has grown on me, thanks to TKEF. She is an amazing person with such a caring heart.” -Bren Romero, US Army
“I am incredibly lucky to have already met Kirstie…We had dinner a few weeks back and I was so taken aback by her charisma and her ability to make anyone feel right at home. I am so excited to get to know Kirstie better, she seems like a wonderful human. Her story is amazing and she is such an inspiration. Chase your dreams no matter the hand you’re dealt. I’m inspired and blessed.” -Molly Lewis, US Army
“I was offered the amazing opportunity (out of nowhere) to go on a snowboarding trip with 4 other women veterans in Aspen for 5 days. When I was offered this…I was in the middle of a horrible depression. This has given me something to be excited about especially when its been so difficult to be excited about anything. Words cannot express how grateful I am to TKEF! The snowboarding clinic could not have come at a better time. Thank you for selecting and treating me like royalty!! I look forward to many seasons of snowboarding.” -Lea Bond, US Navy
“You have no idea how much you’ve helped me. The clinic was truly something I will never forget. Kirstie has helped me by advising me on what information to bring to my voc rehab interview. I was approved and now I can go back to school for my MSW! What I want to ask more than anything is how can I help and support the foundation? The next clinic I would be willing to volunteer my time and own money to come support the women and to listen to their stories, or if there are ways I can help please let me know!!!” -Amanda Tallman, US Army