Cody Sowa

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Kili Class

2017 Conquering Kili Class

Role

Clean Water Advocate

Location

Denver, CO

ABOUT CODY

Proud son of an Honorably Discharged (Air Force) Vietnam Veteran. While military service never fell into place for me, service was a value taught through my father’s constant actions among the community during my childhood. In fact, he continues to demonstrate continued service to this day.

Although I have lived in Colorado my entire life, I rarely explored the outdoors beyond ski resorts and car camping. When I got into photography 4 years ago, I began to realize how much exploring I had missed out on within my own state as well as the world. I have been fortunate to have had the opportunities to travel the country as a PGA Golf Professional as well as a Business Coach but I am really excited to have the honor of visiting Africa while documenting the amazing adventure of Conquering Kili.

Some people say that I have lived multiple lives in my short time on this earth. I would guess it was a mixture of forced adaptation due to past economic conditions as well as a passion for serving outside of myself. I spent six years teaching the most technically difficult game, two years as an EMT, two years as a resident volunteer firefighter, one as a non-profit volunteer event director, four years volunteering as a Youth Mentor, two years as a business coach and now living out my dream as a photographer.

The two most valuable skills any person can have are the willingness to learn and the ability to adapt. Both take practice and each skill will be heavily tested on the Kili climb. Looking forward to learning as much as I can from the military veterans, NFL players, and the people of Tanzania while capturing the adventure to help support the Chris Long Foundation’s clean water initiatives.

Each new Conquering Kili class accepts the challenge to embark for the summit, a walk that represents the miles that many African women journey on a daily basis to fetch water for their families. While training for the climb, each team member works to raise funds and transform communities through the gift of clean water.

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