Currently right now i am attending the school Colorado Media School. Im learning alot. I feel since im in the public eye now that I’ve been on a big stage. Its my job to maximize what I’ve been doing the last 5 years. Coordinating Buddy Bowls “Charity for Football” I got overwhelmed. So now I’m using radio as my method. What better way to force nonprofits to do the right things by weeding out the bad from the good. We investigate each one for 3 weeks before we give them an invitation. Then we promote them for the Soldier for help. Promote the nonprofit for funds and for people to see they take in less donations for admin cost then they disperse to the Veteran. Yes we have sent some invites to some nonprofits and been turned down, very few , because we feel that were just not that well known like some other shows. If we get to that point and we endorse you on our site. Then I guess they’ll regret it. BEWARE just because you think they are good you would be surprised. (Charity Navigator) is great, but we spend longer on their tax form (990). Since i started this I’ve been very shocked at the results that Brandy Jones has reported. You don’t want to miss the show. I might not have a radio voice, because of my Traumatic Brain injury. My heart and vision is in the right place. So if you get an invite as a NONPROFIT(Congratulations) your doing the right thing. If you don’t FIX YOURSELF our site will expose you.
Kokomo Tribune; Kokomo, Indiana May 14, 2014 Paralympian Joel Hunt teaches children to adapt Kokomo native, Army veteran visits YMCA Child Care Development Center By Lauren Fitch Kokomo Tribune
—- — Army veteran and Paralympic skier Joel Hunt has plenty of stories he could share from his time at the 2014 Winter Games in Sochi, his three tours of Iraq or even growing up in Kokomo.
But as he addressed children at the YMCA Child Care Development Center Tuesday, Hunt kept his message simple: Adapt.
“When I was little, I didn’t know I was going to be a skier. I didn’t know I was going to go to the Olympics,” Hunt said. “When I came back [from Iraq], I was hurt. But I adapted.”
Hunt, a 1998 graduate of Northwestern High School, was injured in a 2005 roadside blast during his third deployment to Iraq in three years. Along with being paralyzed in his left leg, Hunt suffered a traumatic brain injury.
He started skiing as part of his rehab and went on to represent the U.S. on the Paralympic Alpine Ski Team.
Hunt reminded the children that people’s disabilities are not always evident. He asked them to raise their hands if they wear glasses, can whistle or can roll their tongues to point out that each person has different abilities.
“It’s very important you treat each other with respect and don’t make fun of another person,” Hunt said.
Hunt’s service dog Barrett helped demonstrate his point about the importance of adapting. Barrett showed off his ability to open a door, and Hunt described how he had trained the dog to start a washing and drying machine, fold laundry and iron.
While it may seem impossible for a dog to do those things, Hunt said, Barrett adapted and people can adapt to changing circumstances too.
“Tough times don’t last; tough people do,” Hunt said. “One of the greatest things about being on the big stage is now I get to go places and talk to people like you.”
The chance to pet Barrett was a highlight for the children, though Hunt explained that normally people are not allowed to pet service dogs. He ended his visit to the YMCA center by setting up relay races for the children.
Trish Severns, operations director for the YMCA, was glad to see how they responded to Hunt.
“He has such a heart for what he does,” she said. “He came with a great message and the kids really heard him.”
Education reporter Lauren Fitch can be reached at 765-454-8587, by email at email@example.com or on Twitter @LaurenBFitch.
On June 13th i was scheduled to do Ride the Rockies during my training i pulled my sciatic nerve. Mike, who is an amazing welder adaptedmy bike to my needs. I will continue training and do challenged when possible. It is my goal to do as many miles as i can. Before my injurie i accomplished 84 miles. I continue still doing my podcast. A podcast that was just a hobbie at first but now its starting to be a passion. I am able to help veterans realize all the programs that are out there beyond the VA. Now i get ready to do the Freedom Ride being sponsored by my cycle family Brotherhood of Veterans June 13 benefiting FSD from where Barrett was trained
So these shirts come out in June the is the rought draft of my new brand. On the back of the shirts it will have my quote that helped me thru life. It is my goal and hope that my podcast and my shirts help another person challenge themselves.
So besides doing the biking, the guitar, and the Podcast i have been busy. In fact i wont be home much in the next 2 months. I didn’t plan this out to be like this. I guess it just happened but with my metal issues i have to stay busy in fact I leave March 4th to head to Indiana for speaking event to demo my service dogs abilities and to motivate others to reach out and challenged they’re selves. So I am very sorry I have not kept everyone update 24/7 I have definitely been dealing with my own Demos. Great news is that our Podcast is not only getting better but im meeting new people and im learning. By the way the pic is a spoof for our podcast.
So as months have passed ive committed myself to be a Ambassador for Chrysler. This doesn’t take to much work .I pretty much just show up and speak about driving forward due to a disability just like their cor values they’re trying to enforce. I have many speaking engagements coming up soon that i get to spreak with the kids and educate them. At this time i would be skiing in Oregon so by not doing this it feels weird. I’m not on a schedule and its very easy just to let myself go. Since i have TBI i am more reluctant to just stay in bed but just like skiing days. I have to motivate myself to get up. If its not Golf or bicycling with Barrett then its cleaning or doing things around the house. When i got back from Russia i started dipping once again due to stress and now once again i stopped on July 8 2014 for once and for all i hope. Its not even ski season yet and i never knew how much i would miss it. Not only the group of friends i was working with but also my passion for skiing. This winter i will do Nastar and I’m sure ill ski for fun. But like Manning said with football you can always coach be a reporter or a spectator but only a player can be in a huddle and the same goes for a skier in the starting gate.
So I’m back from Russia, and the wishing I could be 2 places at once has started. There’s a number of people that were a huge part of this success and I want to make an appearance to all there events but I have to think of my family as well. I didn’t receive a medal but out of 50 racers that were standup I placed 24th which I think that’s great because of the pressure and the course conditions . To recap my first run was going well and before I could finish I was yellow flagged because the racer ahead of me wasn’t off course due to communication issues within Russians race crew when I was flagged I was going pretty fast and I stopped as I stopped I heard my back pop and was going thru some serious pain. When I came back around I wanted to hurry and get it over with due to the snow didn’t want it to get any softer which have to admit the race course was really in good shape due to the chemicals and being so warm out, and the pain I was dealing with wasn’t helping me as well. So when I came down I didn’t talk to any media I went straight to the trainers so they could work on me to get back into the fight. My second run was my best. I went from 31 to 24th place and when I crossed the finish line I was overwhelmed with the cheering from the crowd and my flag was waving. The closing and opening ceremonies was overwhelming with happy tears. I knew my mom was watching and I knew no matter what that this story I was living would end incredible cuase gods going to use this story to inspire others. Im sure that after buddy bowl the excitement will fall inbetween the seats sooner or later but if my story helps to either inspire others or helps other troops get where they need to be in life well then his will is done.
When I left to go meet the president what an experience. I really wanted to tell him my story so he knew that the VA grant that was given to the club it transformed my life. But I didn’t I froze I couldn’t utter a sound out I was amazed the feeling I had when he hand shook me and gave me the presidential coin but its not over yet. tonight I leave for my welcome home party FINALLY I arrive in Kokomo and I see all my friends I see fans I never knew I had and I see people I never imagined they would be there. I mean cool kids when I was in school cuase I was never a cool kid and they were there to see me. And I was schocked they wanted an autograph from me. It was a unforgettable night expesscially when the Mayor of Kokomo proclaimed it would be Joel Hunt Day. This really just overtook me to the point where I wanted to cry. I didn’t do any of this to get this. I did it to help other troops and im recieveing the Karma not what I meant for. Well in closing I will always be hunting for gold if its going down a mountain or winning that medal in golf bringing gold to troops for Buddy Bowl… I want them to feel how I did. The feeling is undescrible…Keep Following me im not done yet!!!!!