Angel City Sports is proud to announce that Kirstie Ennis will be the Keynote Speaker for the Angel City Virtual Games Career Resource Night.
2020 Career Resource Night:
Tuesday, August 4th @ 5pm PST
Kirstie Ennis’s story may have begun when she lost her leg after her helicopter went down in Afghanistan, but it certainly doesn’t end there. After more than 40 surgeries and the amputation of her leg first below and then above the knee after a life-threatening infection, the former Marine sergeant has accomplished more at 29 years old than most people have achieved in their lifetimes.
Ennis enlisted in the Marine Corps when she was only 17 years old, inspired by her parents who were also Marines. Ennis has turned the concept of “disabled athlete” on its head, proving how capable she still is, whether it’s on one leg or two. She competed in boardercross and banked slalom as a Paralympic snowboarder and then ventured into mountaineering, summitting Mt Kilimanjaro; successfully climbed Carstenzs, the highest point in Oceania; Elbrus, the highest point in Europe; and then conquered Aconcagua, the highest point in South America at 22,841 feet. She hopes to complete the Seven Summits by climbing the highest peak on every continent by 2021 as a means to fundraise and raise awareness for a variety of a causes through her organization, The Kirstie Ennis Foundation.
What people might not know about Ennis: she’s completed three Master’s degrees and is currently working to complete her doctorate in Education. Kirstie is an ambassador for the nonprofit Building Homes for Heroes and sits on the board of directors of Merging Vets and Players. She opened her first business, Chapter One Hair and Body Lab in Oceanside, California in 2017, followed by opening Citizen Crossfit. She earned her license as a real estate advisor and is based at Engel & Volkers in Carbondale, Colorado.
After returning home from Everest in summer of 2019, Kirstie was the ESPY’s Pat Tillman Award recipient. She received the Higher Ground award at this year’s Martin Luther King Family Salute to Greatness gala and is the youngest inductee ever into the International Sports Hall of Fame in March 2020. This will be a special evening not to be missed!