2016 USASA National Championships
Three ASF Race Team athletes compete in national snowboarding championships
Copper Mountain, CO…Patrick DeCrescenzo(16 years old), Zachary Elder (18), and Charlie Kleiman(23), members of the Adaptive Sports Foundation’s snowboard team, participated in the United States of America Snowboard Association’s (USASA) National Championships. The races were held this April at Copper Mountain in Colorado. These individuals, whose disabilities range from physical impairments to autism spectrum disorder and developmental disabilities, qualified for USASA’s National Championship through the local Catskill Mountain Series.
Members of the Adaptive Sports Foundation’s snowboard team began competing in the Catskill Mountain Series a few years ago and trained regularly with the ASF to develop the skills needed to become competitive on the race course. This year, ASF team members competed in the X Games, Catskill Mountain Series, Empire State Games and Special Olympics regional games. Their hard work and dedication resulted in an invitation to the 2016 USASA National Championships for these five young men. The ASF Race Team made a clean sweep of the National Championship slalom event with Elder winning gold, DeCresenzo winning silver and Kleiman winning bronze.