“This kid was a bit of a unicorn … very much a life force. He had this big energy, super kind, great humor ... this kid was loved ... when you met Sam, you didn’t forget it, even if you met him for only five minutes on a chairlift," says Ron Jackenthal of his son Sam. Ron left a very successful career as a senior telecom executive to found the Live Like Sam Foundation two years ago to honor Sam, a U.S. Junior National Freestyle Ski Champion who died in 2015 at 16 from a ski training accident in Australia. "So, my Swan Dive was leaving my high paid corporate tech career to follow my heart and start our nonprofit about 2 1/2 years ago,” says Ron. Live Like Sam supports youth from diverse backgrounds to develop a healthy sense of self-identity, character, purpose and connection to community by fostering positive well-being through educational programming and mental fitness initiatives. Swan Dive is deeply honored to share Ron's incredibly uplifting story, a glowing example of using darkness to find the light. And a glimpse into how we can assist today's youth through the many difficult psychological challenges they face in today's brutal world.
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