WINDHAM, N.Y. – It is with both gratitude and sadness that the ASF board and staff would like to recognize Jim Beha’s retirement from the board of trustees.
Jim‘s association with ASF goes back more than 20 years. He began volunteering in 2002, when the Adaptive Sports Foundation was still operating out of a one-room office at the Windham Mountain base lodge. During Jim’s tenure, ASF erected and moved into our own slope-side lodge, we began serving wounded veterans through our Warriors in Motion® program, we’ve had two Paralympians come through our winter program, and we’ve had countless days of both winter and summer lessons.
Over his 20 years of service as a volunteer instructor, Jim averaged about 15 volunteer days per season, giving him a total of over 300 days of volunteering his time to empowering lives through adaptive sports. Jim expects to continue as a volunteer instructor, “so long as my knees hold out.”
Jim was elected to serve on the ASF Board of Trustees in 2012. Jim’s background as an attorney and his strong financial and accounting skills made him a great addition to the board and a strong resource to the ASF staff members. His work on our audit committee and as Treasurer helped the ASF achieve some of the highest marks on charity rating websites such as GuideStar and Charity Navigator.
In his work as a volunteer instructor and as a member of the ASF Board, Jim recognized the importance of adaptive sports instructor training to our mission. His passion for adaptive sports training has been passed down through two generations of Behas. The ASF’s Junior Instructor Program is headed up by Jim’s daughter Mary Alice, where she ensures that our young instructors have the necessary skills and knowledge to provide a safe and fun experience for our students.
Along with instructing adaptive athletes over the years, Jim has played a significant role in teaching his 12 grandchildren to ski at Windham. Jim still enjoys skiing with his wife Nancy during the weekdays in their retirement after many years of traveling north on the thruway on Friday nights.
Jim may be retiring from the ASF Board of Trustees, but his contributions over the past 20 years will continue to benefit the entire ASF community for many years to come. His daughter Mary Alice will be joined by his son James, who will be returning next season as a volunteer instructor, and they will both don the green jacket to continue the Beha family legacy of service to adaptive sports. Jim’s other son Christopher and two of his grandchildren have volunteered with the ASF in the past, and Jim is proud to be part of one of ASF’s several multi-generation volunteer families.
Please join the ASF Board of Trustees and staff members in thanking Jim for over two decades of service to the Adaptive Sports Foundation!