Doug is a tireless advocate for people with disabilities. He has founded organizations, raised million of dollars, and mentored hundreds of people with disabilities while holding a full time job as a Control Room Engineer for GCI Cable. He has inspired thousands and continues to work to raise awareness and open the doors of opportunity for people with disabilities.
Keil was electrocuted at age 14 and as a result his left arm and leg were amputated. In 1975, he visited Winter Park, Colo. and his life changed. After winning two Gold Medals in Norway with the U.S. Disabled Alpine Ski Team, Doug was determined to bring those same opportunities to the disabled community of Alaska and in 1980 Challenge Alaska was born. Beginning in a broom closet at Alyeska Resort, Challenge now serves thousands of people with disabilities each year.
Keil was instrumental in founding Alpine Alternative another adaptive sports program in Alaska. In 1982 he was the Handicapped Alaskan of the year. In 1983 he was one of ten finalists for the President’s Trophy for the Distinguished Handicapped American Award. Among many additional distinctions, in 1995 Doug was proud to help dedicate the International Sport Recreation and Education Center in Girdwood, Alaska at Alyeska Resort, devoted to the development of adaptive alpine skiers. In 1996 he was one of ten Alaskan Heroes to carry the Olympic Torch in the Relay Across America for the Olympic Games in Atlanta, GA.
In 2006 the Challenge Alaska ski school facility, formerly known a the International Sport Recreation and education Center, was renamed the Keil Center for Adaptive Sports and Therapeutic Recreation, in recognition f Doug Keil and his family’s 25 year commitment to disabled sports in Alaska. Over the years Doug has r received a number of distinctions and awards. He remains to this day a very humble man.