Sunday, March 25, 2012

Disabled Sports USA Far West Ability Bash March 27-31.

This weekend is the 18 th Annual Ability fund raiser for Disabled Sports USA Far West, located at Alpine Meadows.  The Ability Bash fund raiser caps off a week-long Ability Celebration.  Veterans from Iraq and Afghanistan participate in adapted skiing and snowboarding fun with trained volunteers and certified instructors.

The Far West motto is: “If I can do this, I can do anything”.  This program provides powerful rehabilitation benefits to the 25 active-duty U.S. soldiers who attend.  Soldiers also participate in cross country skiing, sled hockey, and snowmobiling.
March 30 is Disabled Sports Ability Challenge fundraiser.  This is a fun day at Alpine Meadows for skiers and riders to use GPS technology to find checkpoints hidden all over the mountain. Teams of 4 to 8 people have fun completing the course.
On March 30, The premier showing of the movie “Winter” will be shown to honor the Wounded Warriors at the Olympic Valley Lodge in Squaw Valley at 6:00pm.  Film stars include Sarah Burke, Rory Bushfield, Jen Hudak, Mike Wilson, and others. The price is $10 dollars.
March 31 is the Disabled Sports Ability Bash.  This gala will be held in the Olympic Village Lodge in Squaw Valley.  Attendees are treated to an evening of gourmet food, fine wines, microbrews, raffle prizes, dancing and a silent auction.  This event is sold out.
Disabled Sports USA Far West was started over 40 years ago by Jim Winthers, of the 10th Mountain Division.  The chapter was founded in 1967 in order to provide support and rehabilitation to Vietnam veterans.  This paved the way for adaptive sports and recreation for people with disabilities.

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