KTAR 620 AM interview with Kara Stuart and Nick Vogel discussing their inspiration
“When I think about the inspiration behind Angels for Athletes, I have to say it’s a culmination of things. I look at the world around me and I am compelled to show compassion toward my fellow man and I live my life inspiring others to do the same.
I have volunteered with several organizations that improve the lives of the less fortunate. These organizations do amazing work but I was often left feeling as if I wanted to do more for them. When I volunteered to be a Big Sister with Big Brothers Big Sisters, I was given a Little and it became my responsibility to be a positive influence in her life. While I was thankful for that opportunity, I thought about all the kids in need of such an influence who may never receive it. Angels for Athletes was formed as an organization for the community by the community. Our goal is to transform the lives of children in our community by providing financial support to those who might not otherwise receive the benefits of recreational sports due to their parents’ financial situation.
We were inspired to provide a college scholarship to high school athletes after 16-year-old Nick Vogel was injured in a very serious hockey accident. Nick’s neck was lacerated by a skate blade while he was playing in a tournament in Los Angeles. Nick’s ability to stay calm and upbeat in the minutes, hours, days, and weeks following his accident was inspiring. He underwent surgery to repair the sheath of his jugular, left carotid artery and thyroid. The day following the horrible accident, he surprised us by asking the surgeons and ICU doctors when he could return to hockey. I am happy to report that Nick returned to playing hockey only 9 weeks after his horrific accident. His spirit, heart and courage inspired us to honor other high school athletes who have displayed determination and personal sacrifice in overcoming extraordinary challenges and return to a competitive sport.”