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National Disabled Veterans Winter Sports Clinic
April 1st - 6th - 2007 in Snowmass Village, Colo.
More than 400 disabled military veterans from across the country are scheduled to attend the 21st National Disabled Veterans Winter Sports Clinic (WSC) April 1-6 in Snowmass Village, Colo. (near Aspen). This is truly a unique and incredible event. With veterans coming back with disabilities from Iraq and Afghanistan, focusing on their abilities in this national rehabilitative event (adaptive skiing, sled hockey, scuba, shooting and more) helps show them that they can enjoy the same activities they enjoyed prior to injury. This event shows our veterans that disability does not equal disabled and they prove it!
The WSC is a rehabilitative clinic that provides disabled veterans with opportunities for self-development and challenge through sports and leisure activities. At the Clinic, all participants are able to develop winter sports skills and take part in a variety of adaptive workshops, which demonstrate that having a physical or visual disability need not be an obstacle to an active, rewarding life.
Participation is open to U.S. military service veterans with spinal cord injuries, orthopedic amputations [some participants have multiple amputations], visual impairments, certain neurological problems [including traumatic brain injuries] and other disabilities. This year nearly 100 newly injured military personnel from Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom are registered participate many for the first time. More than 200 certified ski instructors for the disabled, and several current and former members of the U.S. Disabled Ski Team, will serve as ski instructors. Under an agreement with the U.S. Olympic Committee, the WSC will also conduct a race training and development program to help veterans develop their skiing abilities to an elite level, with an ultimate goal of qualifying for U.S. Paralympic Team participation.
Participants will take part in a variety of events. All participants will ski adaptive skiing with mono-skis and bi-skis and instruction in adaptive Alpine (downhill) and Nordic (cross-country) skiing for stand-up skiers, including the visually impaired. Participants can also take part in a large variety of alternate activities including scuba diving, sled hockey, snowshoeing, snowmobiling, rock climbing, trap shooting, fencing, golf, Snow Cat/Gondola Rides and a trip to the Hot Springs; plus educational and instructional workshops on self-defense [taught by Secret Service personnel] and other stimulating topics. NEW: this years event will also include a biathlon event and curling.
· 21st year
· Event is the largest of its kind in the world!
· In addition to our traditional events NEW this year we will introduce a biathlon event and curling.
· The WSC was the FIRST event of its kind and longest running.
· The WSC offers the greatest variety of adaptive activities (over any other rehabilitative ski event for vets most other similar [and smaller] events only offer skiing. WSC offers skiing, snowmobiling, rock climbing, scuba, sled hockey, and more.).
· More than 400 veterans currently registered to participate
· Nearly 100 of those registered served in Operation Iraqi Freedom or Operation Enduring Freedom (in some cases BOTH)
· 6 of those registered served combat in WWII
· Participants registered are coming from 47 different states
· Bo Derek (national chairperson for the event)
· Actor John Corbett will play a concert for the vets
· Country music singer Jo Dee Messina will play a concert for the vets
There are so many great stories (check out some of the profiles at http://www.wintersportsclinic.org [click the news media link])
This event is known as
Miracles on a Mountainside
and when you see these vets in action you can see why!
VA National Director, Winter Sports Clinic:
Sandy Trombetta (970) 244-1314
DAV National Director, Voluntary Services:
Ed Hartman (202) 314-5246
VA Public Affairs:
Jenny Tankersley Ballou (757) 728-3450; or (757) 254-6058 (cell)
Rob Lewis (859) 442-2049
Web Site: http://www.wintersportsclinic.org/
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