It's a new year, and most everyone's focus is fast-forward. Before we get too far ahead of ourselves, however, we'd like to take a moment and reflect on the passing of skiing legend CR Johnson.
CR is no longer with us, but his influence remains strong within the skiing community. The CRJ Memorial Fund, established after his passing in collaboration with the High Fives Foundation, continues to support injured ski-athletes all around the world. CR's untimely departure has left many wondering what they can do to lend support, so we've got a few suggestions for you.
To honor CR in 2011, you can get involved in a few different ways: First, educate yourselves about, and donate to, the High Fives Foundation. The Tahoe based organization is dedicated to raising money and awareness for athletes that have suffered a life altering injury while pursuing their dream in the winter action sports community. Second, check out the killer CRJ Memorial Package which was put together by 4FRNT, Smith Optics and Porters ski shop. The limited edition offer includes CR's signature ski, the I/O goggle and the Maze helmet - all with unique graphics inspired by CR's life journey. Proceeds benefit the CRJ Memorial Fund directly.
This is the perfect opportunity to wage support for CR, and to pay homage to a true skiing icon. Posted below are tributes from the original CR Retrospective posted in our October Issue. Although you may have read these in the past, their messages are as powerful as ever, and continue to illicit deep emotion.
Thanks for the support, friends.
Charles Russel Johnson III, October 8, 1983 – February 24, 2010