The National Disabled Veterans Winter Sports Clinic is a world-leader in adaptive winter sports instruction for U.S. military Veterans and active duty servicemen and women with disabilities. Set in stunning Snowmass, Colorado, the clinic celebrates its 30th year, bringing nearly 400 Veterans with traumatic brain injuries, spinal cord injuries, orthopedic amputations, visual impairments, certain neurological conditions, and other injuries to the mountain.
Participating Veterans, seriously wounded while protecting our freedom, have an opportunity to pack more miracles into the weeklong, life-changing event than they ever dreamed possible. They are reminded of the wonder and achievement life still has to offer, despite their profound disabilities. After conquering a snowcovered mountainside, everyday challenges of life seem much more surmountable for these participants who’ve lost a limb or sight, or endure paralysis. Our Veterans draw inner strength from this experience of a lifetime and use it to overcome life’s challenges head-on when they return home. They also inspire those without disabilities to catch their spirit and go after their dreams.
Since 1987, corporate, individual and organizational sponsors have helped make miracles possible for thousands of severely disabled Veterans who have attended the National Disabled Veterans Winter Sports Clinic. You can help our nation’s Veterans make miracles on a mountainside possible at the 30th National Disabled Veterans Winter Sports Clinic, April 3 – April 8, 2016.
Sponsors support a unique program of hope and renewal.
Clinic sponsors provide the financial support making it possible for our men and women— who sacrificed in our defense—to experience the National Disabled Veterans Winter Sports Clinic’s unique program of hope and renewal. Sponsors visit with Veterans from throughout the nation at the clinic, and share in the inspirational events from start to finish. And, a growing number of sponsors bring their families along for this inspirational experience. After being part of this event, sponsors are deeply moved by the optimism, spirit, and perseverance of wounded Veterans who have sacrificed so much for our nation’s freedom.
Volunteers deliver untiring encouragement and friendship.
A devoted force of volunteers and specialized ski instructors offer one-on-one instruction, untiring encouragement, and loyal friendship. This bonding and mentorship are critical to the therapeutic value of the clinic.
And broaden the experience.
There’s also plenty to do when participants aren’t on the slopes, and it’s all challenging and fun. There are many activities to broaden the experience, including sled hockey, scuba diving, rock climbing, snowmobiling, selfdefense techniques, and more. A variety of educational workshops and seminars are also offered, linking Veterans with resources, skills, and community ties that will enhance their lives beyond the event.