Advancements in military medical care produce inspiring stories of wounded warriors and families able to find a “new normal” despite severe combat-related injuries.
Adaptive sports programs are critical for many to find ways to enjoy life, regain confidence and thrive. The following winter adaptive sports programs are available for individuals with military combat-related disabilities including but not limited to: visual impairments, amputations, spinal cord injury, multiple sclerosis, head injury and cerebral palsy. Many programs are free or affordable.
Disabled Sports USA, Rockville, Maryland
Since 1967, Disabled Sports USA strives to improve the lives of wounded warriors, youth and adults with disabilities by providing sports and recreation opportunities. Serving 9,700 wounded warriors through its Warfighter Sports program since 2003, Disabled Sports USA offers a nationwide network of more than 100 community-based chapters in 37 states. Adaptive winter sports include alpine and cross-country skiing, snowboarding, sled hockey, biathlon and curling.
Adaptive Sports Center, Crested Butte, Colorado
The Adaptive Sports Center (ASC) Operation Rise and Conquer program provides adventure activities to empower and inspire, and to restore confidence and trust wounded military service members have in themselves and others. Working with veterans with disabilities for nearly 30 years, ASC welcomes military families, as well as organizations serving veterans. Active military or veterans and their families can enjoy a day of adaptive ski or snowboarding lessons for only $35 per day.
Colorado Adaptive Sports Foundation, Littleton, Colorado
Played by wounded warriors with such injuries as leg amputations and spinal cord injuries, sled hockey features the rules and regulations of traditional hockey. Players use sleds with skate blades and two short hockey sticks, one to control the sled and the other to control the puck. This fast-paced event is highly physical and fun.