Posted Tuesday, June 24, 2008
Edwards, Colo. • June 24, 2008 – Today the World Sports Humanitarian Hall of Fame (www.SportsHumanitarian.com) inducts former Olympic skier and Colorado resident Jimmie Heuga at the Hall’s annual ceremony in Boise. Heuga is honored as founder of The Heuga Center for Multiple Sclerosis, a nonprofit organization that provides innovative health and wellness programs to improve the quality of life for people with multiple sclerosis (MS).
“Jimmie Heuga stands out among athletes everywhere as role models to our youth and leaders,” said Larry Maneely, World Sports Humanitarian Hall of Fame president. “Through his organization, he’s shown how one athlete can make a profound difference in our world. He represents all that is good in sport.”
Heuga, the bronze medalist in slalom skiing at the 1964 Innsbruck Olympic Games, joined Billy Kidd as the first American men to earn Olympic medals in the alpine events.
In 1970, Heuga was diagnosed with MS, an incurable disease that attacks the central nervous system. He was advised to avoid physical activity at the time of his diagnosis. In 1984, Heuga founded The Heuga Center to challenge conventional-medical advice and share his program of exercise, nutrition, and psychological motivation that improved his physical condition and outlook on life and MS.
“I’m not sitting here languishing,” said Heuga. “I’m dedicated to maintaining my overall health because it helps me live the best life possible with MS.”
Based in Edwards, Colo., The Heuga Center’s nationally-renowned five-day CAN DO, two-day CAN DO 2 and one-day JUMPSTART programs teach people with MS how to take control of their lives and health by focusing on what they can do.
Heuga lives in Louisville, Colo. He travels on behalf of The Heuga Center’s programs and fundraising events, speaking about how he overcomes his challenges of living with MS.
The Center will provide its JUMPSTART program July 23 in Glenwood Springs and July 26 in Boulder, and its CAN DO program Nov. 5 to 9 in Vail. For a complete programs calendar, visit www.Heuga.org.
MS is the most common neurological disease among young adults between the ages of 20 and 40. Symptoms can be paralysis, numbness in the limbs or loss of vision. The progress, severity and specific MS symptoms cannot be predicted.
More than 35 sport-humanitarians have been enshrined in Boise, including tennis great Arthur Ashe, Major League baseball pioneer Jackie Robinson, NFL coaching legend Tom Landry, the NBA’s David Robinson and the Harlem Globetrotters.
The Humanitarian Hall of Fame annually inducts individuals who are world-class in athletic ability, role models in their community and have a strong record of humanitarian achievements. The World Sports Humanitarian Hall of Fame recognizes individuals and organizations from the world of amateur and professional athletics who, through their humanitarian efforts, distinguish themselves as role models in the community.
Based in Edwards, Colo., The Heuga Center for Multiple Sclerosis is a nonprofit organization leading the way with comprehensive programs that empower people and families living with multiple sclerosis (MS) to transform and improve their quality of life.
The Heuga Center’s nationally-renowned health and wellness programs are five-day CAN DO®, two-day CAN DO 2® and one-day JUMPSTART®.