Disabled Sports USA helping wounded veterans ski, snowboard

By: Special to the Journal
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Wounded warriors from around the country descended upon North Lake Tahoe Tuesday for the "Ability Challenge" Snowsports Camp.

Each day this week, disabled veterans will build confidence and strength while skiing and snowboarding under the expert instruction of Disable Sports Far West.

Alpine Meadows, Squaw Valley & Northstar are hosting an Ability Camp all week for 20 soldiers and marines who were disabled in Iraq and Afghanistan.

They will receive specialized instruction in adapted snow skiing and snowboarding at the Disabled Sports Program Center at Alpine Meadows Resort. They will also participate in other winter recreation designed as part of their therapy and re-integration into the community.

On Friday, at Squaw Valley and Saturday at Alpine Meadows, the Ability Challenge will feature donors, sponsors and disabled skiers for a fun day of on-hill activities. An awards presentation is scheduled at the end of the day.

The week culminates with the Ability Bash Celebration and fundraising dinner at Squaw Valley's Olympic Village Inn on Saturday at 5 p.m.

The Ability Bash has been one of North Tahoe’s premier fundraising events for 19 years. This dinner, dance and silent auction is a wonderful uplifting evening for all in attendance.

Disabled Sports USA Far West is the founding chapter of the national organization (Disabled Sports USA) and has led the way in adaptive sports and recreation for people with disabilities for more than 40 years. With more than 90 chapters serving more than 60,000 people nationwide, Disabled Sports USA is the nation's largest nonprofit, multi-sport and multi-disability organization.

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