Adaptive Sports Foundation

Meet our athletes

Click here for the 2013-2014 Race Team highlights

 

Paralympians

StacieStaci Mannella

Despite being visually impaired, Staci Mannella has excelled as a member of the Adaptive Sports Foundation Race Team since 2007. Staci was selected to the US Paralympics Alpine National Team in 2011 and in August 2013, she competed in her first World Cup races in New Zealand and Australia. Staci took the gold in her very first race and is currently qualified to race super giant slalom, GS, and slalom on the World Cup circuit. She was selected to the US Paralympic Team and competed in the 2014 Winter Paralympic Games in Sochi, Russia. Staci returned home with two 6th place finishes, in giant slalom and slalom.  To find out more about Staci visit her website. To make a secure credit card donation to support Staci Mannella, please click here

Catie

Caitlin Sarubbi 

Caitie, a visually impaired girl from Brooklyn, NY, started skiing with the Adaptive Sports Foundation in 2002. Eight years later, with a silver World Cup medal in the Super G and numerous national titles in all five alpine events, Caitie satisfied her life-long dream of competing in the 2010 Paralympics as a member of the US Disabled Ski Team and the US Paralympic Team. Caitie has retired from the racing circuit and is now pursuing her degree in Social & Cognitive Neuroscience at Harvard University. To find out more about Caitie visit her website.

National Racers

web pic_2Patrick Carroll

Patrick has been skiing with the ASF since 1991 and has been on the ASF Race Team since 2009.  Patrick has had great success competing in competitions for individuals with intellectual disabilities.  He began competing in local and regional Special Olympic races almost always placing first or second in his age category.  Patrick was then invited to the state Special Olympic championships where he also medaled.  He competed in NASTAR Open Championship races taking second place in his category.  As a result of his past success, Patrick qualified to compete at the international level.  Patrick was chosen to represent the USA at the 2013 World Skiing Championship in Erzurum, Turkey for athletes with intellectual disability.  Due to damage to Patrick’s home and community in Breezy Point, New York from Hurricane Sandy, Patrick decided not to attend the 2013 World Skiing Championships in Turkey.  He looks forward to other international competition opportunities in the future.

Zach ElderZach

Zach has been with the ASF since he was six years old.  Starting out as a skier, he quickly realized snowboarding was his passion and his love is speed.  Zach who has Autism, began competing at the local level in the Catskill Mountain Snowboard Series.  With numerous local and regional first place finishes on his resume, he qualified for the United States of America Snowboard Association’s (USASA) National Championships in 2013 and earned gold in both the Slalom and Giant Slalom Adaptive categories.  Zach returned to the USASA National Championships in 2014 and came home with a Silver in Slalom and Bronze in Giant Slalom.

MatthewMatthew Huang

Matthew has been snowboarding with the ASF for a few years. Following in other ASF Race Team members footsteps, Matthew began competing on the local level in the adaptive categories in the Catskill Mountain Series and regional Special Olympics races. His stellar performances qualified him for the 2014 USASA Nationals where he earned gold in the Slalom.

 

 

Alex Kiratsous

Alex has been snowboard with the ASF for a few years.  He joined the ASF Race Team in 2014.  After successfully racing in local and regional Catskill Mountain Snowboard Series events and the Empire State Games, Alex made his national competition debut at the 2015 USASA Nationals at Copper Mountain.

 

 

 

CharlieCharlie Kleiman

Charlie has been with the Adaptive sports foundation for many years, and began competing at the local level in the Catskill Mountain Snowboard Series.  With numerous local and regional first place finishes on his resume, he qualified for the United States of America Snowboard Association’s (USASA) National Championships in 2013 and earned silver in both the Slalom and Giant Slalom Adaptive categories.  Charlie returned to the USASA National Championships in 2014.

SamSam Skinner

 

 

 

 

 

ASF Race Team Members