BEND, Ore. (KTVZ) — Twenty-four years and counting. That’s how lengthy Oregon Adaptive Sports activities (OAS) has been offering snow alternatives for the folks in our group with disabilities.
From kids to older adults, OAS volunteers and instructors assist athletes with disabilities benefit from the freedom of outside winter sports activities that includes alpine snowboarding and snowboarding at each Hoodoo and Mt. Bachelor in addition to cross nation snowboarding and snowshoeing at Mt. Bachelor Nordic Heart and Virginia Meissner Sno-Park.
OAS will quickly be transitioning into the Summer time Sports activities Program with expanded choices for biking, golf, climbing, mountain biking, paddling, and mountaineering. All of those choices open a doorway for folks with disabilities to take part in and benefit from the nice Central Oregon outdoor. As soon as once more, volunteers and instructors shall be there to help and supply directions for the athlete.
Oregon Adaptive Sports activities is worked up to welcome three new members to the Board of Administrators to assist information this increasing group into the subsequent chapter of this non-profit.
Scott Taylor has skilled disabilities himself after a surgical procedure resulted in some paralysis to at least one hemisphere of his physique and a sensory deficit to the opposite. He hung out in a wheelchair till, via years of rehab, he was capable of regain his potential to stroll and relearned ski, swim, kayak, and experience a tricycle. He discovered OAS to be invaluable for his continued improvement of athletic endeavors.
“I’ve lengthy been taught that one ought to give again, and this is a corporation I’m keen about, so I’d wish to contribute my experience and vitality to OAS,” Taylor expressed.
Traci Clautice-Engle is a radiologist MD who has intensive and long-time expertise within the medical area. She additionally has a private relationship with the difficulties for folks with disabilities to expertise the outside.
“I’ve a nephew with Down’s and, subsequently, first-hand data of the essential significance of sports activities, actions and group assist in an individual’s life and their household with restricted talents,” she mentioned.
Bunny Thompson has lived in Central Oregon for 21 years and has been a volunteer with OAS nearly that lengthy. Her ardour and respect for this group runs deep.
“OAS is breaking cultural judgements and exhibiting the group that individuals with disabilities can get on the market. They will have enjoyable, snicker, smile, and train all of us about residing life to the fullest,” Thompson mentioned.
About Oregon Adaptive Sports activities:
Oregon Adaptive Sports activities (OAS) is a Bend, OR based mostly non-profit that gives year-round life-changing out of doors experiences for people with disabilities. OAS was based in 1996 by volunteers who wished to make Central Oregon’s ski slopes accessible to people with disabilities. OAS performs a number one function in creating alternatives for people with disabilities to entry the outside of the Pacific Northwest via adaptive snowboarding, snowboarding, biking, mountain biking, mountaineering, paddling, and golf. Be taught extra about OAS at https://www.oregonadaptivesports.org or observe on Fb https://www.facebook.com/OregonAdaptiveSports/ and on Instagram @Oregon_Adaptive_Sports.