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Free Adaptive Weekend, RESCHEDULED for April 9th and 10th

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Free Adaptive Weekend, March 12th & 13th

FREE ADAPTIVE WEEKEND RESCHEDULED FOR APRIL 9TH & 10TH

Shasta Disabled Sports USA is hosting their annual Free Adaptive Weekend at the Mt. Shasta Ski Park Saturday and Sunday, April 9th and 10th from 9am-4:00pm. This event offers free adaptive skiing for those who need assistance to enjoy the wonderful snow on the slopes of Mt. Shasta.

People of all ages and adaptive needs are welcome to participate in this unique program. Each day, three 1 1/2 hour lesson times are available for students to attend: 9:30am, noon and 2pm. The Mt. Shasta Ski Park makes this event possible by providing free rental equipment and lift tickets for all participants and volunteers.

SDS will have an information table in the Ski Park’s Upper Lodge, and will be holding a raffle drawing each day at 4:30pm in Slider’s Lounge in the Ski Park’s Upper Lodge. All raffle proceeds go directly to the winter and summer programs that Shasta Disabled Sports provides to the special needs community each year.

Lesson times fill up quickly for this event and reservations are required, so call ahead to make your reservations soon.

For more information or to make reservations, call (530) 925-1531 or email info@shastadsusa.org.

A Letter From Our President

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One of the many wonderful things about Shasta Disabled Sports (SDS) is how much we accomplish each year with very little funding. That is mostly due to the dedicated hours of volunteer time that Board members and other volunteers contribute to every event we host. We can especially thank members like Robin, Aaron, and Donna for that. They answer phones, check email, manage our website, and keep in touch with all of our friends and supporters that join us at our events. Few are aware that despite all of this work, SDS has no paid staff. We also don’t have an office and all of the expenses that would come with that.

However, one major expense that we do have is our insurance. Given the nature of the activities we offer, such as skiing, rafting, and rock climbing, insurance is a necessary expense, even though our safety record is exemplary. This year our insurance will cost $5200.00.

Because of this large annual expense, over the years the Board of Directors has considered the need to charge various fees for our activities. Each time this option is discussed, we keep concluding that event fees will discourage participation by many people in the community, which would defeat the purpose of offering our events in the first place. We have always felt strongly about including everyone in our events no matter what; that’s what we’re all about! So, we periodically need to appeal to the members of Shasta Disabled Sports and the community, as I’m doing now, to help us with those costs that make our services possible.

Our primary source of income for insurance is our membership donations. Please consider renewing your membership with a gift of $25, or join us if you aren’t already a member of Shasta Disabled Sports. Membership dues help pay our insurance costs, and we cannot operate if we can’t cover that expense. And, if you can, consider making a more substantial donation (such as through our Gold Sponsorship program) to help us cover costs and keep our programs going strong.

Thank you. With your contributions and the many hours that our volunteers put in, we can continue to offer inspiring recreational activities for people in the area who would not otherwise have those opportunities.

Sincerely,
Merle Anderson, President
Shasta Disabled Sports USA

The Long Way Out

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Here's a great video about our old friend Mark Thorton and his latest endeavor.

The Long Way Out from Cody Caldwell on Vimeo.

SHASTA DISABLED SPORTS USA WINTER PROGRAM BEGINS WITH SKI BUDDY VOLUNTEER TRAINING JANUARY 9TH

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Ski Buddy program matches special needs skiers with volunteers

Free Adaptive Weekend and Nordic Day round out 2011 winter program calendar

Mt. Shasta, CA -- December 18, 2010 Shasta Disabled Sports USA is hosting their first of two ski buddy training events on Sunday January 9th from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Mt. Shasta Ski Park. Volunteers will be trained to buddy up with special needs skiers who wish to enjoy the slopes of Mt. Shasta. A second and final training session will take place Sunday, January 23rd.

The goal of Shasta DS/USA's Ski Buddy Program is to connect trained volunteer who are strong skiers with those with disabilities who may need assistance or are looking for some company while out on the slopes. The 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 participants and volunteers.

Northern California has a sizable disabled population with a high demand for adaptive sports and recreation opportunities, and Shasta DS/USA has filled this niche since 2005. Many of their ski program participants travel from as far away as Shasta, Tehama and Humboldt counties just for the chance to ski on Mt. Shasta for a couple hours with a ski buddy. According to Shasta DS/USA treasurer and co-founder Aaron Beverly, ”Over the past few years we have developed a core group of trained and dedicated ski buddies. But due to growing demand from disabled skiers that wish to experience snow sports, we have a need to increase our volunteer pool.”

The Ski Buddy 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 you 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 hope more local ski athletes will join us in lending a hand and get involved this season,” says DS/USA secretary and co-founder Donna Boyd. “As part of our program, we help volunteers identify in what way they’d like to help. We work one-on-one with participants and volunteers until everyone feels comfortable and is having fun.”

Ski buddy candidates should be strong skiers comfortable on the green, blue, and black terrain at Mt. Shasta Ski Park. Shasta DS/USA trainers will check you off in one or more ski buddy disciplines of your choice before matching you 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 generously 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 Shasta Disabled Sports USA at (530) 925-1531 or email them at info@shastadsusa.org for more details or to attend either Ski Buddy training event.

Shasta Disabled Sports USA was formed in 2005 as a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization offering year round recreational and outdoor opportunities to the region’s disabled community.

‘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

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