Hello friends and family!
Competing in the VT 100 is a challenge that I look forward to meeting this summer. While most of you know I spend hours, days, months and years running and training for 100s. This particular event is something that has been on my bucket list since first learned about the oldest 100 mile races in the country. Originally I had planned to just register for the race in 2021 but with Covid registrations being carried over to the next year, I would most likely not have been able to get in to the field. Through my involvement with another service program, some Vermont friends of mine told me about Vermont Adaptive Ski and Sports.
This charity supports and conducts itself just like many of my old favorite charities, it gives back to those who need it and has an organizational structure to directly see that those who need it receive it. The "It" being fun and skills. I have never done a charity registration before and normally stay away from them other than donating to others but this one calls to me. I love groups that use their skills and time to empower individuals who would not otherwise be able to empower themselves.
There are people out there for whom just getting out to walk can be a challenge. People who need a little extra assistance to meet the challenge that brings health, fun and passion to their lives. Vermont Adaptive Ski and Sports provides sports and recreational programs as well as wellness and environmental retreats to people with disabilities. Their programs are offered to people of all ages, with a variety of disabilities. Programs include skiing, snowboarding, snowshoeing and Nordic in the winter; and sailing, kayaking, canoeing, hiking, cycling, rock climbing, horseback riding, and more in the warmer months.
Please consider donating what you can to help me reach my goal and help Vermont Adaptive meet their goal too!
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.