National Ski Tour Announced for Athletes and Others with Disabilities
Disabled Sports USA (DSUSA), one of the nation’s largest multi-sport, multi-disability organizations, has announced the schedule for its 2012 national SkiTour. The only program of its kind, it ensures opportunities for wounded warriors, youth and adults with disabilities to receive advanced instruction and state-of-the-art adaptive equipment at ski destinations throughout the nation including Breckenridge, Sun Valley, Aspen, Stowe, Park City, and Tahoe.
Through April 2012, the DSUSA Winter Series will include more than 100 events hosted by 43 DSUSA chapters and affiliates in 21 states.
Events include beginner to elite ski races, race training, learn-to-ski or snowboard, Nordic ski programs, sled hockey, biathlon and adaptive instructor training.
Programs for the wounded warriors are part of DSUSA’s Warfighter Sports program, which offers sports rehabilitation programs free of cost to severely wounded warriors.
The schedule also includes the Diana Golden Level I Race Series for youth with physical disabilities.
SkiTour will again be supported by U.S. Paralympics, a division of the U.S. Olympic Committee, through funding provided U.S. Dept. of Veterans Affairs.
DSUSA chapters hosting SkiTour events are highlighted below by state. To view the SkiTour calendar of events, visit www.dsusa.org.
Alabama: Lakeshore Foundation
California: Disabled Sports Eastern Sierra; Disabled Sports USA Far West; San Diego Adaptive Sports Foundation; US Adaptive Recreation Center
Colorado: Adaptive Sports Association; Adaptive Sports Center; Breckenridge Outdoor Education Center; Challenge Aspen; Ignite Adaptive Sports; National Sports Center for the Disabled; Steamboat STARS; Telluride Adaptive Sports Program
Idaho: Sun Valley Adaptive Sports
Illinois: Adaptive Adventures; Great Lakes Adaptive Sports Association
Maine: Central Maine Adaptive Sports; Maine Handicapped Skiing
Maryland: Blue Ridge Adaptive Snow Sports
Minnesota: Courage Center Duluth
Montana: Eagle Mount- Bozeman; Eagle Mount- Great Falls
New Hampshire: Ability Plus; Bretton Woods Adaptive; New England Disabled Sports
New Mexico: Adaptive Ski Program
New York: Adaptive Sports Foundation; Greek Peek Adaptive Snowsports; STRIDE Adaptive Sports
North Carolina: SUDS Diving, Inc.
Pennsylvania: Pennsylvania Center for Adapted Sports; Three Rivers Adaptive Sports; Two Top Mountain Adaptive Sports Foundation
North Carolina: DSUSA Chattanooga (SPARC)
Texas: Operation Comfort
Utah: Common Ground Outdoor Adventures; National Ability Center
Vermont: Bart J. Ruggiere Adaptive Sports Center; Vermont Adaptive Ski and Sports
Virginia: Wintergreen Adaptive Sports
Washington: Adaptive Action Sports; Outdoors for All
West Virginia: Challenged Athletes of West Virginia
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