BENEFITING: National Ability Center
EVENT DATE: Aug 31, 2015
Susanna Eubank wrote -
Those of us at Pure Barre Park City hold the National Ability Center near and dear to our hearts and know that the PC community does as well. Join us during the month of August to raise money for such a wonderful and inspiring cause.
The National Ability Center offers a wide variety of programs both seasonally and year-round. Activities include alpine and Nordic skiing, snowboarding, snowshoeing, horseback riding, hippotherapy, indoor rock climbing, swimming, archery, sled hockey, cycling, water-skiing, wakeboarding, kayaking, canoeing, paddle boarding, and challenge course activities.
In each of the last three years, individuals and their families participated in more than 22,500 lessons and outings. Because safety is the first priority, instruction is provided by professional, certified instructors and complemented by trained interns and volunteer assistants. More than 1,000 volunteers contribute over 23,000 hours annually. Many of the instructors and volunteers are also individuals with disabilities and serve as role models for our participants.
Individuals of all ages and abilities can take part in the National Ability Center’s programs, including those with orthopedic, spinal cord, neuromuscular, visual and hearing impairments, and cognitive and developmental disabilities. Specially-designed equipment is available for many of the activities. Adaptive saddles, adaptive cycles, and customized ski and snowboard equipment, such as bi-skis, mono-skis and outriggers, enable participants to enjoy each activity successfully. In an attempt to eliminate isolation of individuals with disabilities, friends and family members are encouraged to participate alongside athletes and participants.