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Kangaroo Lake Camping 2010

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We had a great time at Kangaroo Lake last weekend. Participants and volunteers had fun kayaking, canoeing, fishing, swimming, hiking, and hanging out around the camp. We had lots of delicious food and good conversation.

Thank you to everyone who came and participated. The summer season is over and now we must begin to prepare for winter. Look for our fall newsletter soon and the schedule for upcoming events this fall and winter.

You can see more pictures of the camping event by clicking here.

Fun in the Sun at Lake Siskiyou

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We had a great time hanging out at the Lake Siskiyou last Saturday. Participants and volunteers had fun kayaking, swimming, water fighting and sailing. The barbecued hamburgers with all the fixings were delicious. Thanks to all who participated.

We are looking forward the Kangaroo Lake Camping trip coming up on September 11th and 12th.

Summer 2010 Newsletter


In this issue:

- Winter Wrap Up
- Summer Is Here - Almost
- Summer 2010 Schedule
- Thankyou!

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‘Ski buddies’ allow disabled residents to take to the slopes

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Siskiyou Daily News, December 31, 2009

The Shasta Disabled Sports USA “ski buddies” will take to the slopes again this year, giving special needs residents the chance to ski on the slopes of Mt. Shasta with a trained helper, a press release announced this week. The group will hold two training sessions this month for those interested in becoming ski buddies.

Shasta Disabled Sports USA is hosting the first of two ski buddy training events on Sunday, Jan. 10 from 10 a.m to 1 p.m. at the Mt. Shasta Ski Park. The second and final ski buddy training event of the 2009/2010 ski season will take place Sunday, Jan. 24.

The goal of Shasta DS/USA’s Ski Buddy program is to connect expert volunteer skiers with those with disabilities who may need assistance or are looking for some company while out on the slopes. This program enables members of the community with special needs to reach their greatest level of independence on the slopes and engenders a sense of adventure and self-determination for all participants and volunteers, the release stated.

According to the release, Northern California has a sizable disabled population with a high demand for adaptive sports and recreation opportunities, of which Shasta DS/USA does their best to fill. Many of its ski program participants travel from as far away as Shasta, Tehama and Humboldt counties for the chance to ski on Mt. Shasta for a couple of hours with a ski buddy.

The training events are designed to teach volunteers to become ski buddies, who are matched with appropriate disabled individuals on an as-needed basis and according to each person’s level of experience and comfort. As a ski buddy trainee, DS/USA will instruct volunteers on how to assist skiers with mono-ski and bi-ski equipment, as well as how to assist skiers with visual impairments and cognitive disabilities.

“We help volunteers clarify in what way they can help. We work one-on-one with participants and volunteers until both are comfortable,” DS/USA secretary and co-founder Donna Boyd said.

Ski buddy candidates should be expert skiers comfortable on green, blue and black terrain, and their qualified trainers will check them off in one or more ski buddy disciplines of their choice before matching them with a disabled member of the community.

Veteran ski buddies are encouraged to attend these training events each year to refresh their skills. This program is supported by the Mt. Shasta Ski Park by providing DS/USA’s ski buddies with a free lift ticket for days they volunteer and a lift ticket voucher for another day.

Call (530) 925-1531 or e-mail info@shastadsusa.org for more details or to attend either of the ski buddy training events.

New Disabled Sports shed was community effort

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Mount Shasta Herald, December 30, 2009

Shasta Disabled Sports U.S.A. will have a new shed this winter in which to store its adaptive ski equipment thanks to McClellan Builders, the Mountain Wheelers, and the Mount Shasta Ski Park.

"We now have more bi-skis than we have places to put them. This shed will provide convenient access to our members and instructors," says Shasta Disabled Sports board member Aaron Beverly.

"McClellan Builders donated two-thirds the cost of the shed, the Mountain Wheelers provided the rest. The Ski Park provided the labor to install it. This is a great example of local organizations working together to support each other."

McClellan Custom Sheds are built locally by the McClellan family's general contracting business. The lumber used in the construction of the 8' x 8' custom shed comes from the McCloud Basin and is harvested and milled using sustainable methods.

"We are happy that our shed will be helping out Shasta Disabled Sport's winter program," says Lin McCellan of McClellan Builders. "Our sheds can withstand even a McCloud winter."

For more about Shasta Disabled Sports programs go to www.shastadsusa.org. For more information about McClellan Builders, visit their website at www.macbuild.net

Fall 2009 Newsletter

In this issue:

- Goodbye Summer, Hello Winter!
- Second Annual Powder Stomp
- Winter Calendar
- Thankyou!

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Second Annual Powder Stomp

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Anna at First Annual Powder StompAnna at First Annual Powder Stomp

Usher in the new ski season at Shasta Disabled Sports U.S.A.’s (SDS) Second Annual Powder Stomp.

“The Powder Stomp is intended to get the community excited about winter, if they aren’t already,” says event coordinator, Gary Nordel.

The evening begins with a screening of Signatures, Sweetgrass Production’s new board, noboard, ski, and drop-knee film.

Filmed in the mountains of Hokkaido, Japan, the film is a “lovely tale of deep powder mystery” and features of one of Mount Shasta’s own big mountain skiers, Forrest Coots.

“We are very excited to be able present this film to our community,” says Anna Soviecke, SDS’ event coordinator. “Signatures is a great film and is sure to get the audience looking forward to lots of snow.”

Live music will follow the film. Attendees are encouraged to wear their favorite retro outfits and to come dance their best snow dance.

Beer, wine and hors d'oeuvres will be served.

A Patagonia garage sale will be held throughout the evening. “Every year Patagonia sends us huge boxes of clothing,” says Aaron Beverly, SDS board member. “This garage sale allows us to pass it on to our supporters at a big discount and allows us to raise a little extra money for our program.”

Proceeds from the event will benefit SDS’s adaptive ski program. SDS is a non-profit providing year round recreation and sport opportunities for people with disabilities.

The Powder Stomp will be held on Saturday, November 14th at the City Park Lower Lodge. Doors open at 7:00 p.m. Film starts at 7:30 p.m. Tickets will be sold at the door for $12. Call 530-925-1531 for more details.

Goodbye Summer, Hello Winter

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Josh, Tim, Nick on Schoolhouse RapidJosh, Tim, Nick on Schoolhouse Rapid

Shasta Disabled Sports (SDS) had another great summer with everyone who came out and participated in our events. We had three raft trips, two rock climbing days, three lake days, a Kangaroo Lake camping trip, and Aikido in the Park. Thanks to all who participated!

Though we will miss the warm days of summer, the cold chill of winter brings the promise of snow and we are now looking forward to the new season. SDS plans to continue its ski buddy program at the Mount Shasta Ski Park and will hold another Free Adaptive Weekend in March. In addition we are planning a nordic and snowshoe day at the Mount Shasta Nordic Center. Details to come.

2009 Spring Newsletter

In this issue:

- Winter Summary
- Fundraising 2009
- Summer Calendar
- Thank You to Our Donors and Volunteers

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