It is possible you may have noticed that we love sharing news and information about adaptive sports.
Why wouldn’t we love to?
Adaptive sports are a great way to stay active, healthy, and interact with other people who have a variety of disabilities. Plus, adaptive sports are a lot of fun, too! We also love when adaptive sports find a way to include adventurers of all ages and mobility levels that can use their disabled vehicles to attend.
One such example of this is happening annually in Colorado. This annual event is known as the National Disabled Veterans Winter Sports Clinic.
The 28th Annual Event
This past weekend kicked off the week-long winter sports event in Colorado just for Disabled Veterans. More than 400 Veterans will attend the five-day course in Snowmass Village, Colorado.
The Veterans attending the clinic have a range of disabilities including traumatic brain and spinal cord injuries, visual impairments, amputations, and neurological conditions. As a way to meet the varied, unique needs of the participants, they will learn from approximately 200 certified ski instructors for the disabled and several members of the U.S. Disabled Ski Team (both current and former).
About the Clinic
The Winter Sports Clinic for Disabled Veterans started in 1987, as a way to teach adaptive skiing to Veterans wanting to learn.
The event has evolved over the years to include instruction for both cross-country and downhill skiing, a challenge race, educational classes, and adaptive sports workshops. Additionally, alternate activities such as scuba diving, sled hockey, a climbing wall, snowmobiling, and others are available for event participants.
Past participants have included both men and women military service veterans from all eras including WWII up to current Iraq and Afghanistan war veterans.
Have you or someone you know been to this clinic or one that is similar? What was the experience like? Would you (or they) do it again?