When asked about what has kept him passionate about his career, Inouye points to the adaptive ski community as his source of motivation. He says, “The adaptive community is a very close, tight-knit community, especially with adaptive skiing. There’s a true sense of sharing and community among all the adaptive programs in the country and that source of togetherness is really what it’s all about.”
Jeff isn’t the only BOEC leader who has been awarded this honor which is a testament to the dedication, commitment, knowledge and expertise of BOEC’s team.
In 2013, Gene Gamber, then BOEC Adaptive Ski Program Director was honored for his contributions to the adaptive sports world, his nomination stating that “Gene has been a longtime volunteer, instructor and program director who has trained hundreds of instructors”.
In 2018, Willie Stewart, who served as BOEC Program Director for 6 years from 1991-92 through 1995-96 was honored in the competitor category. “Willie Stewart is a three-time Paralympian, winning a silver medal at the 2002 Games. He is the first and only disabled athlete to achieve Leadman recognition and the first above elbow amputee to kayak the Colorado River, among other accomplishments.
When asked what this award means to him, Jeff says, “It is truly an honor to be inducted into the Adaptive Sports Hall of Fame. It is incredible to be included on a list with so many amazing people who have done so much for the adaptive industry.
He goes on to say, “I could not have accomplished this without the support of many people. I would like to thank all of the partners that have supported myself and the BOEC including Breckenridge and Keystone Resorts, Move United, US Paralympics, and all the manufacturers of the incredible adaptive equipment that we use every day. Of course, I also could not have done this without the support of my family, friends and especially my family at the BOEC. As they say, “it takes a village” and everyone that has worked for the BOEC has contributed to the success of the ski program and myself. I would also like to thank all the participants and their families that have been a part of the adaptive ski program. Their amazing courage and determination is an inspiration to us all every day.”