Pathfinder Award Winner
Aaron Cross, 2013
Aaron's family knew he was going to be a handful from the start, always on the go, wanting to be outside and usually on wheels of some kind.
Aaron's family spent every moment they could enjoying the great outdoors, the BWCA, state parks and hunting; even if they never caught or harvested anything, they loved being outdoors.
At 15, Aaron was an avid athlete with dreams of Olympic glory. On May 18, 1991, Aaron had a bicycle accident, slamming into the back of a support vehicle at 38 miles per hour; leaving him a quadriplegic. His dreams of making the Olympic Cycling Team and the U.S. Navy SEALs were gone.
With family, friends and raw determination, Aaron found life and excitement in everything he tried. Aaron says,"Life is about living, not wondering." A three-time Paralympian in archery, along with the 2004 Team Bronze Medal from Athens, Greece, Aaron created a nationally known speaking business and a life many only dream about — including completing two Navy SEAL Adventure Training Camps.
Hunting, trap shooting, SCUBA and archery are a few things Aaron loves. Creating options for people of all abilities and helping them experience the outdoors is Aaron's passion.