The man executing the vision
Weston Jenkins was driving home after a day of hunting with his cousin TJ when a name and idea popped into his head: Disabled Outdoorsmen USA.
Weston said TJ is the main inspiration behind Disabled Outdoorsmen and he wants to give other people like TJ the chance to explore the outdoors. His vision for DOUSA started out as a simple notion to make people who have disabilities feel like they can do anything they want to do while putting aside their worries and stress concerning their situation. In the midst of planning, organizing and networking for DOUSA, Weston is studying for a Bachelor's Degree in Business Marketing and Sales. As of May 18, Weston will have graduated from Texas State University and begin working for Texas Land in Austin, while also being able to dedicate more of his time to DOUSA.
Photo courtesy of Weston Jenkins
While there are some organizations that do what Weston's does, most are focused on one group of individuals, such as Wounded Warriors. Weston wants his organization to be as inclusive as possible, whether it be an amputee or person with down-syndrome, he wants to help people make the impossible into a possible.
"Growing up with TJ, I saw the struggles he has just trying to do daily, routine activities that I can do so easily. The fact that he adapts to the outdoors and enjoys it so much is inspiring. I feel like the beauty of the outdoors has the ability to make a huge impact on people, and if I can help people relax and get their mind off things that are bothering them, then I'm going to do that."
Weston created his merchandise in September of 2017 to help raise money for Disabled Outdoorsmen. Before Academy agreed to sell it on their website, Weston was selling it out of the back of his Tahoe.
In this video, Weston talks about his journey creating the organization, the people he has met and helped, and where he plans to go from here.
Video created by Ashley Skinner