Hello friends and family! This is the fourth time Chris and I are raising money for Vermont Adaptive Ski and Sports and the fifth year that one of us has toed the starting line at the Vermont 100. This organization and this event has a way of pulling us back year after year.
This past summer, I participated in the VT100k...in record heat and humidity. It had already been a long day for both me and my crew when my friend Aimee started pacing me. As we ran/walked/hobbled, Aimee shared a children's book story with me as motivation. The book was about a little boy who was scared of taking a chance and trying something new. But eventually, the little boy overcame his fears because he realized that taking a chance can lead to something amazing.
Every day the VASS athletes have to overcome thier fears to participate in mountain biking, skiing, and trail running. VASS provides the athletes a safe environment and the necessary support so that the VASS athletes can take the chance of trying a new sport and getting to participate in something amazing. Every summer we've partcipated in the VT 100 a VASS athlete has shared his or her story about how participating in VASS has provided positive opportunities a and opened doors. Last year, we heard from a VASS runner who participated in the Western States ultra marathon and another who'd developed new crutches to more effectively move while trail running.
Chris and I thoroughly enjoy being able to ski, mountain bike (ok...maybe I don't like mountain biking that much) and trail run. It is great to know that VASS helps provide access to those same activities to everyone. We'd like to thank all of our supporters who are taking a chance on us and helping VASS provide opportunities to its athletes.
Vermont Adaptive Ski and Sports is a nationally recognized nonprofit organization that empowers people of all disabilities through inclusive sports and recreational programming regardless of ability to pay. In addition to sports, year round programming options integrate environmental, holistic wellness, and competitive training philosophies for people of all ages with cognitive, developmental, physical and emotional/behavioral disabilities. The organization believes sports and recreation provide a physical, mental and social experience that is immeasurable in promoting self-confidence and independence in an individual.
With nearly 400 active volunteer instructors, plus generous partners and sponsors, and an amazing base of clients and friends, Vermont Adaptive Ski & Sports has been at the forefront of sports and recreation for those with disabilities in New England for over 30 years. Vermont Adaptive Ski & Sports is committed to empowering individuals with disabilities. We promote independence and further equality through access and instruction to sports and recreational activities.
The VT 100 is one of Vermont Adaptive Ski and Sports biggest fund raisers every year. For more information about Vermont Adaptive Ski and Sports: www.vermontadaptive.org.