KUSA - Volunteering at Winter Park with the National Sports Center for the Disabled (NSCD) comes with some serious benefits. For starters, volunteers help thousands of disabled athletes learn how to ski. Those same volunteers are also rewarded with free skiing.
Currently the NSCS has about 450 volunteers, however the number of disabled athletes wanting to ski has risen, so they are looking for another 100 volunteers.
Volunteers learn how to teach from a 5-day clinic given at Winter Park. After completing the clinic, they can agree to volunteer for 5 days and in return will recieve 5 days of free skiing from Winter Park. If a volunteer agrees to help for 10 days, they will recieve a season pass to Winter Park.
For more information on the volunteer program, visit www.nscd.org
The NSCD is also involved in summer sports and recently announced a new partnership with the Colfax Marathon.
The new partnership will provide athletes of all disabilities a customized and enjoyable experience from registration to the finish line.
"We will operate as a resource for registered disabled athletes and serve as a uniting force to bring together all of the Colfax Marathon Charity Partners that have a connection to the disabled community," said Becky Zimmermann, president and CEO of the NSCD.
Together with the NSCD, Emily Harvey, an amputee runner, will serve as the "NSCD/Colfax Liaison" and work with the Colfax Marathon race directors to provide an optimal overall experience for runners with disabilities by evaluating every step in the race process. The NSCD will assist with outreach to the disabled community and provide information about the race through the Colfax Marathon's website at www.runcolfax.org.
The National Sports Center for the Disabled began in 1970 as a one-time ski lesson for children with amputations for the Children's Hospital of Denver. Today, the NSCD is one of the largest outdoor therapeutic recreation agencies in the world. Each year, thousands of children and adults with disabilities take to the ski slopes, mountain trails and playing fields to learn more about sports - and themselves. With specially trained staff and its own adaptive equipment lab, the NSCD teaches a variety of winter and summer sports and activities to individuals with almost any physical, cognitive, emotional, or behavioral diagnosis.
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