2013 Tillman Scholar
Jason enlisted in the U.S. Army in 1998 where he quickly learned the value of selfless service and physical fitness. In March 2002, he was injured in a training accident resulting in the loss of his left leg below the knee. He was subsequently retired from service when he began working as a government contractor. Jason struggled to remain physically fit until he decided that being generally physically prepared for life was important to his physical and mental well being.
From the moment Jason stepped into a CrossFit gym, he started analyzing and coaching wounded service members who were searching for something to help them be healthy. He began coaching at CrossFit Walter Reed at Bethesda Military Medical Center. This experience shaped his desire to continue giving back to the wounded, ill and injured in both he civilian and military population. Jason helped start two separate non-profit organizations, both with the express desire of using fitness to positively affect peoples lives. As the Vice-Chairman of Crossroads Adaptive Athletic Alliance, Jason is a head coach for their adaptive coaching seminar and the lead programmer and director for the annual Working Wounded Games. As the team Captain for the Yellow Ribbon Fund’s Veteran TUF Team, he helps wounded service members to regain their confidence through group fitness and competition.
Jason is the owner and head coach of Old Glory Gym in Ashburn, Virginia where he works to build a community of fitness and positivity through CrossFit and outreach to the veteran and civilian communities. He is working to complete a B.S. in Kinesiology from George Mason University and volunteers to provide strength and conditioning coaching for his son’s soccer league.