I have always loved the outdoors and competitive sports! Growing up hunting, fishing, hiking, rock climbing and mountain biking, I felt a deep connection with nature. When I began drinking and partying in high school, I slowly lost touch with what was important to me. I was separated from the enjoyment of sports and outdoor activity as my priorities shifted to drinking and partying. Like all of us that struggle with substance abuse, there came a point that I felt as though I had lost everything.
When I got sober on July 22nd, 2012, I was isolated from all my peers. I thought that everyone my age still drank and partied. About three months later, I found Phoenix Multisport. When I walked through these doors, I met people who heard my story and related, who’d been there before. This feeling of acceptance kept me coming back. I was introduced to ice climbing in the winter of 2013 and immediately began to feel that old, familiar love for nature. Piece by piece I rekindled my love for the outdoors and other sports like CrossFit and boxing by realizing that I hadn’t thrown everything away, that I hadn’t lost that part of me.
During that process, I began to realize that I could help others discover these amazing things and, by doing so, help facilitate a similar change in their lives. As a Phoenix instructor, I often have the opportunity to take Team Members climbing for the first time. To see how people change, even over the course of that single day, is nothing short of inspiring. Sharing rock climbing, as well as boxing and CrossFit, allows me to give back to people something that has directly enhanced my life in recovery. The opportunity I have been given has become a fundamental part of my life and I am grateful every day to be a part of an organization that gives back in such a meaningful way.
Going forward, I am looking for ways to help impact and change the way recovery is viewed in the world. I see peoples’ lives change on a daily basis due to Phoenix Multisport. Not only does it have a drastic effect on the lives of individuals but, it has an equally dramatic effect on society by lowering the rate of treatment costs due to relapse and as well as incarceration due to drug possession. I am honored to be a part of such an organization.
Certifications: AMGA Single Pitch Instructor, NOLS Wilderness First Responder, CrossFit Level 2, IKLF Level 1, GSCA Addiction Recovery Empowerment Specialist