Dear Supporters and Sponsors,

I write to thank you for your support of Bend Endurance Academy (BEA) over the years and to introduce myself as the Executive Director of BEA.

In 2011 I came to BEA as the Climbing Director. With the help of six passionate climbers and their families, we started the process of building a climbing program that grew to include four different teams, a dedicated coaching staff, countless trips and camps, and myriad accomplishments built on teamwork and friendship. I’m bringing that same growth mindset to my new role and to all of our programs.

My history with BEA informs my view of its core values, and there are none more important for our future than accessibility and equal opportunity. The access to trails, boulders, and mountains many of us take for granted is not access that is easy or achievable for many in our Bend community. BEA was built on principles of creating opportunity, and my mission is centered on building our scholarship and tuition assistance programs to continue the best parts of our legacy. BEA is at a point in its development where the stories of our athletes don’t just include podium appearances and national champions; they include athletes who’ve gone on to volunteer for the Peace Corps, coach at the NCAA level, serve their country, and teach and lead in their communities, in Bend and elsewhere. The work we do to create opportunities through our outdoor programs is beginning to make a real difference and I am committed to doing even more. 

We know our local partners and our supporters are facing challenges. In recommitting to our mission, we’re also committing to continuing our role in the Bend community. We’re all part of what keeps Bend connected and thriving. I look forward to engaging with you all as we continue our work together.

 

Cheers,

Mike Rougeux

Executive Director

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