Disabled Sports Far West

Disabled Sports Ability Week | Wounded Warriors

I am very fortunate to have been able to donate my time for three consecutive years now to the Wounded Warrior Ability Camp at Disabled Sports USA Far West, an amazing non profit out of Alpine Meadows, Lake Tahoe that provides affordable inclusive physical and recreational activities that build health and confidence to the disabled.  The Ability Camp is a week long program that provides specialized instruction in adaptive alpine skiing and snowboarding for up to 25 soldiers and marines disabled in Iraq and Afghanistan.

This year, Disabled Sport’s USA Far West hosted 18 wounded warriors and their guests at three different Lake Tahoe resorts.  Big thanks to Northstar, and Squaw and Alpine Ski Resorts for sponsoring such an amazing program.

If you participated in Disabled Sports USA Far West’s Wounded Warrior Ability Camp anytime in the last three years, you may find your galleries via this link.

Personal Project | Wounded Warriors

I am very fortunate to have been able to donate my time for more than four years now to Disabled Sports Far West, an amazing non profit out of Alpine Meadows, Lake Tahoe that provides affordable inclusive physical and recreational activities that build health and confidence to the disabled.  Unfortunately, because my life became so hectic between running photography and managing a retail store, I haven’t been able to dedicate as much (or any) time to the program as a snow sports instructor in the last two years.  To make up for my lack of personal time, I enthusiastically dedicated my time instead as a photographer for the Wounded Warrior Ability Camp.  The Ability Camp is a week long program that provides specialized instruction in adaptive alpine skiing and snowboarding for 25 soldiers and marines disabled in Iraq and Afghanistan and culminates in a gala, dinner and silent auction that is always a joy to attend.

There are many reasons that I love to dedicate my time to this week specifically.  That being said, the most amazing part is spending every day for a week with a crew of unbelievably interesting, dedicated and strong personalities.  It’s fun to watch the group of strangers open up to each other and me over the course of the week, as their skills on the snow grow they gain confidence and as the week goes on, they gain intimacy with each other.

I’m so thankful that I live in Lake Tahoe where not only do I get to bask in the beauty of our outdoor lifestyle on a daily basis, but I get to share it with others.

I’m proud to be a supporter of local volunteer organizations like Disabled Sports Far West and to support those who were wounded defending our country.

Thank you for your service.

These are a few of my favorites from the week but if you’d like to view the entire gallery, you may do so by following this link.

Keep Tahoe Adaptive.

 

Wounded Warriors

A few weeks ago, I was fortunate to have been able to take the time off to donate time to the Wounded Warrior Ability Camp at Disabled Sports USA Far West, an amazing non profit out of Alpine Meadows, Lake Tahoe that provides affordable inclusive physical and recreational activities that build health and confidence to the disabled.  The Ability Camp is a week long program that provides specialized instruction in adaptive alpine skiing and snowboarding for 25 soldiers and marines disabled in Iraq and Afghanistan.

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I took a ton of amazing photo in my four days with the participants, but you can view the rest of my favorites in the Projects: Wounded Warriors tab or by following this link.  There are plenty of memorable moments that I captured, but the most valuable to me were the handful of new friendships forged.

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In past years, I have spent quite a bit of time with Disabled Sports Far West and it’s an organization that I believe in.  I unfortunately wasn’t able to donate my time this year as a lesson assistant.  I think this, instead, is a pretty awesome way to give them an awesome service and still donate my time to a worthy cause.  I can’t wait to return next year to photograph the event again.

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