“Yes, the coming to the Adaptive Sports Foundation is about the learning snowboarding for my son but there is also a bigger picture to all of it. This is a home to Hunter.”
– Stephanie, mom to a 14-year-old son with autism
When Hunter, now 14, first came to ASF in 2011, he’d tried sports like baseball and soccer, but they just weren’t a fit. His first snowboard run changed everything. The sensory stimulation captivated Hunter, but then the experience grew into something more. It became a passion, a chance for independence … an opportunity to excel.
Since becoming part of ASF, Hunter’s language skills have increased dramatically. He’s become more conversational, and his sometimes-aggressive behavior all but vanishes when he’s on the slopes, surrounded by friends.
Through the programs you support, Hunter has learned to take responsibility for himself and to speak up for his needs and wants — something he couldn’t do a few years ago. What’s more, he’s found motivation for setting goals … a milestone his mother never dreamed of.