Sean Gjos, MBA 1999
Inspired A Foundation That Is Improving The Lives Of The Disabled
In 1999, Sean Gjos and fellow UCLA Anderson classmates Eric Eisner and Ralph Vogel were playing for UCLA's club team in a national championship ice-hockey tournament when Gjos was checked into the boards and paralyzed. While Gjos was still in surgery, his roommate and UCLA Anderson classmate Jim Young, Eisner, and Vogel began thinking about the costs that would be associated with Gjos' recovery and came up with a solution. The result was the Spinal Cord Opportunities for Rehabilitation Endowment (SCORE), a foundation that assists individuals paralyzed while participating in sports or recreational activities, with regaining independent, fulfilling lives. To date, over $750,000 has been distributed to 70+ grantees and has helped to offset the expenses associated with making homes accessible, extra physical therapy and purchasing adaptive sports equipment. Gjos, a partner in a Los Angeles based private equity firm, serves as the honorary chairperson of SCORE and continues to mentor young people who have suffered spinal cord injuries.
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