Copyright Teresa Iaconi
Ellison always shows off his pink bow in competition in support of breast cancer awareness.
Brady Ellison is an American athlete from Glendale, Arizona. He shoots Recurve Archery and has been ranked number one in the world. He has competed in The World Cup, The Pan American Games, the Beijing 2008 Olympics and this past summer in the London 2012 Olympics. In London, Ellison became an Olympic silver medalist in the men's team competition.
Shoot for the Cure was created in 2010 by Ellison to help raise awareness for breast cancer. The campaign is part of the Susan G. Komen Foundation. The Komen Foundation was created in 1982 and has been fighting breast cancer ever since. Ellison donates a dollar every time he shoots in a competition and $100 every time he reaches the podium in a tournament. He also takes pledges from other athletes to help raise even more. Ellison sports a pink bow in competition to show his support.
Introduction by: Meg Zrini
Interviewed by: Giacinta Pace
Q: Tell me about your Charity Shoot for the Cure.
Brady: Shoot for the Cure is something that I’ve been kind of doing on my own for the past couple of years. I donate a dollar for every time I shoot in a competition during my season and I donate a little bit of money if I podium for a tournament, stuff like that and at the end of the year I donate however much that is.
Q: Have you had any moving experiences since starting the charity?
Brady: One thing that I noticed right off the bat was how many people breast cancer affects, how many people were coming to me and saying thank you. My mom, my mother-in-law, my sister, my great-aunt. Just how many people it affected and I didn’t realize that. I have never known anyone personally who it had affected but after I started doing it I met a lot of people who were survivors and that’s really touching.
Q: What do you hope to achieve with this organization?
Brady: Well, it’s not really an organization; it’s more of a cause I would say. It’s not an official paperwork organization. I don’t know if it’s going to go anywhere more than where it is now. Just me donating or maybe in the future if it gets bigger people will start pledging than we can turn it into something bigger than it is now.
Q: How does being an Olympic silver medalist affect your charity work?
Brady: I think it will influence my charity work a lot more if I’m able to get sponsors, I can help get more money from sponsors then I can donate more because I only need so much money and if I get extra then I can donate it and do different things. I would like to get into a position where I can work with Make-A-Wish Foundation. Do things with kids, an outdoor fishing trip or something like that. I would like to become a part of that. It’s not something I’ve looked into yet but it’s a dream I guess.