ASF Talking Points
Mission Statement: The mission of the Adaptive Sports Foundation is to provide profound and life changing experiences for individuals with physical and cognitive disabilities and chronic illnesses through outdoor physical activity, education, support and community.
Statistics: This past year 600 hundred individual students made 1800 visits to the ASF and took 3000 lessons.
The Ride2Live Project Snowboard Camp for children with autism: This winter program is a three-day, two night snowboard camp for children on the autism spectrum. All expenses for the weekend are covered for the children and it is a wonderful time for everyone involved.
Retreats for children from the Tomorrows Children’s Institute in Hackensack, NJ. These programs provide a safe, fun and therapeutic experience for children suffering from cancer and other serious blood disorders through outdoor physical activities they would not ordinarily be able to participate in. The program offers children, all of whom are currently in treatment, the chance to participate in skiing, snowboarding, tubing, and snowmobiling in the winter and kayaking, canoeing, swimming, and fishing in the summer.
The ASF was extremely proud to be represented in the 2010 Vancouver Winter Paralympic Games (the Olympics for individuals with physical disabilities) by visually impaired athlete Caitlin Sarubbi. Caitie is a former ASF student/race team member and current member of the US Adaptive Ski Team. We were also represented at the US Adaptive National Championships in March 2011 in Alyeska Resort, Alaska by 15 year old Staci Mannella who is also visually impaired. Staci won junior national championships in downhill and slalom.
Our very active Special Olympics race team participates in races both at our home mountain in Windham, New York and at other ski areas. In 10-11 ASF racers won 89 medals during competition. Three athletes attended the state championships and all medaled.
ASF staff members conceived of, wrote, and published The Quick Check Pocket Guide: Managing Behavior for Success on the Slopes.
Veterans with disabilities: Today, we can proudly say that we have served over 500 injured troops and family members since 2005. ASF is proud to have been selected by the Wounded Warrior Project as a regional site for the dissemination of a year round program called Warriors in Motion; a program for troops injured in the conflicts in Afghanistan and Iraq created by ASF staff members.