The Jeffrey Bourns Foundation is a registered 501c3 organization.
Our mission is to actively serve the adaptive community through a variety of programs. We specialize in organizing events, social gatherings, adaptive sport, transitional guidance, and providing financial assistance for those in the adaptive community looking to further their education.
Our Purpose is to provide networking, resources, active coaching, and advocacy for the adaptive community.
The Jeffrey Bourns Foundation was formed through the life experiences of our founder, Jeff Bourns. With over 38 years experience of using a prosthetic leg to navigate through life Jeff was born missing his right tibia bone. Jeff took his first steps on a prosthesis at the age of two.
FRIENDS OF THE FOUNDATION
Richard W. Bourns
Richard Bourns is a graduate of Clarkson University with a degree in Chemical Engineering. Mr.Bourns is also a graduate from the University of Houston Clear Lake with a Masters Degree in Environmental Management. He spent his entire career at Shell Oil. Richard is now retired. A family man Rich is married to his wife of forty-five years, father of three, and grandfather. Richard enjoys spending his free time outdoors, with family, and volunteering for the Boy Scouts of America.
Kristina was born and raised in Colorado Springs, CO and began playing tennis at 5 years old. She attended the University of Colorado where she played on the Club Tennis Team and graduated with degrees in German and Biology. She still plays competitively on 3-4 league teams a year and works in marketing for Babolat USA. Along with tennis, Kristina is also very passionate about her cultural diversity, being a dual Swiss citizen and speaking both German and Spanish. Things she values most: being a genuine person and family.
Joyce didn’t play tennis until she was past age 30 but she quickly made up for lost time and became an active Texas Tennis and USTA national volunteer for more than the next 30 years. She got involved with adaptive tennis when her husband had a stroke and she heard that tennis was a good means of rehab for those with disabilities. Jeff Bourns came into her life when he served on the USTA Texas Adaptive Tennis Committee and she was its chair. Continuing to serve on the National USTA Adaptive Committee currently, she has picked up such awards as the USTA Texas Henry Cox Adaptive Award and the USTA National Volunteer Exceptional Service Award along the way.
Blair is a tennis host and journalist with experience interviewing the best players in the world at the majors and beyond. She played college tennis at Rice University, and currently lives in Fort Worth, Texas, with her husband and two daughters.
Jordan grew up in Newport Beach, CA and started playing tennis at age 5. He played competitive tennis as a junior in Southern California before going to Arizona State University. Jordan has called Denver, CO home since he moved there in 2004. Jordan has been very involved in the tennis industry for decades teaching tennis, running tennis tournaments, and also playing in tournaments. Jordan has 2 amazing sons and when he’s not playing tennis, he loves to golf, snowboard, travel and to make people laugh.
Damon is a great childhood friend of Jeffs. He is a mechanical engineer and graduate from Prairie View A&M University. He works for NASA as a sustained engineer. Damon is a the proud father of two children and is married.
Jessica Widmark Hillman
Jessica is a grind-you-out tennis player from Stockholm, Sweden, who has been playing for as long as she can remember. She crossed the Atlantic as an 18-year-old to play for the Florida Tech Panthers’ D-II varsity tennis team while studying for her bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering. For her master’s thesis in biomedical engineering, Jessica worked on neural prostheses for those who have lost a limb, and found her passion: helping people regain abilities they have lost or may have never had. Today, she resides in Los Angeles with her husband currently working on PhD studies.