Monument Health sponsors Paralympic snowboarder

RAPID CITY, S.D. — On Monday, Monument Health announced another sports sponsorship to help further the career of a special local snowboarder.

5 2 Monument Sponsorship Sotvo00 00 16 18still001Monument Health signed Paralympic snowboarder Dennae Russell of Sturgis during a ceremony at its Sports Performance Institute. Dennae is the sixth athlete to receive sponsorship from Monument Health, which allows her access to professional training at its facility, as well as help with travel expenses to her competitions.

Russell has been an avid snowboarder since age 10, but in 2013, the diagnosis of a rare form of cancer forced the amputation of her right leg above the knee.

Now, she’s excited to be competing in the sport she loves with the help of Monument Health.

“I am a competitive person in nature,” said Russell. “So being able to find an outlet like this since becoming an amputee is really heartwarming.”

Dannae says she is excited to get to her training and plans on competing in the 2026 Paralympics.

For the last three years, Russell has been training with Team Utah.

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