The Woody Foundation, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) not for profit organization formed in 2011 to transform the quality of life of those living with paralysis and their caregivers. The namesake of The Foundation, James “Woody” Beckham suffered his spinal cord injury making a rugby tackle in January 2011. His family and friends have bonded together to support Woody by making donations to local charities which help others with paralysis.


On January 29, 2011, James “Woody” Beckham was seriously injured during a tackle while playing rugby for Florida Atlantic University in a game against the University of Miami. Woody, then just 22 sustained a complete cervical spinal cord injury that rendered him paralyzed from the chest down. After being successfully operated on by Dr. Michael Wang of Jackson Memorial Hospital’s world-renowned neurological team, Woody began his recovery process. He healed rapidly in ICU and Acute Care where he was transferred to Jackson Rehabilitation Hospital as an inpatient for two months.

Woody now lives in Coconut Grove and receives outpatient physical therapy three days a week. He is a student at Florida International University and is working towards a Business Degree in Finance. He regularly attends sporting events with his family and friends, which is his true passion.

The Miami-based Beckham family formed the Woody Foundation, Inc., soon after the accident to giveaway free Woody Packs, increase awareness and raise funds for paralysis and other disabilities

The Woody Foundation has four annual events which support various groups/organizations:

  • The Woody Golf Classic supporting The Buoniconti Fund, the fundraising arm of The Miami Project to Cure Paralysis.
  • The Lionfish Bash benefiting the Jackson Rehabilitation Hospital where recently injured persons receive inpatient, outpatient physical and occupational therapy.
  • The Lobster Feast helping shine a spotlight on Shake-A-Leg Miami, an organization that reintegrates disabled persons through boating, sailing and diving trips in Biscayne Bay.
  • Woodystock, the Woody Foundation’s annual benefit concert raises funds for Woody Packs