Elena Evans grew up in Minnetonka, Minnesota, and attended Minnetonka High School. She is now entering her senior year at Bethel University in St. Paul. Elena was born in Russia and moved to her new home in Minnesota after she was adopted at age three. She was born with a rare medical condition that led to amputation of both feet a few months before her fourth birthday. Although she had a late start at walking, it didn’t hold her back; she started skating at four and began hockey at five.
The sport gave Elena confidence and was – as her father says – “an equalizer,” as she developed a growing passion and appreciation for the power of hockey. It is no surprise that this experience has made Elena a strong advocate for people with disabilities, particularly in the sport of hockey. Being a double-amputee, multi-sport athlete, Elena has both personal experience and gratitude for the inclusivity of hockey. She is thrilled to be a part of the Hendrickson Foundation and advance the work of changing lives through hockey!