2021 Dave DeSantis Award
Jessica Culver-Tapp was named the 2021 female Dave DeSantis XTERRA Legacy Grant recipient, enabling her to pursue her boldest XTERRA travel dreams in 2021.
“When I got the call from Kathy I was in total shock and disbelief, so thankful and honored,” said Culver-Tapp, an ICU nurse currently working in Tucson, Arizona under a 13-week travel nurse contract. “I have been at the center of the COVID madness since it started and I realize we all struggle with something, but it's what we do with that struggle and how we make ourselves and others better that matters.”
In caring for the community she serves under the most difficult of circumstances, Culver-Tapp has been making a big difference in the lives of many and her efforts matter greatly.
“I love my job and caring for the sickest patients in their worst time,” said Culver-Tapp, who has been racing XTERRA since 2012 when she got her first mountain bike. “To balance it all, exercise and fresh air have been my biggest healers to relax, destress, and process all that life throws at us. With this grant, I’ll be able to travel to a race and soak in the entire experience, and that would not have been possible without it.”
Jessica’s dream trip is XTERRA Taiwan on March 27, “to immerse myself in a culture so different from anywhere I’ve ever been and share Dave’s Live More spirit with the community. I’ll be a humanitarian, athlete, and tourist all at the same time,” she said.