It's that time of year again, my March birthday fundraiser!! My knees are creaking a bit more than usual but I'm still so damn grateful for an incredible last 12 months. Nicki and I got hitched and among our many travels was a recent trip to Japan, where we were able to meet some of her extended family, tour around Tokyo, and ski in Hokkaido. Like last year, I've decided to forgo the typical gifts (except for a bit of wine of course!) and ask my friends and family to help me raise $2,000 for the National Sports Center for the Disabled. NSCD is a nonprofit that "enables the human spirit through therapeutic sports and recreation" and we've witnessed the adaptive ski program at Winter Park which assists sit-skiers, sight and hearing impaired skiers, skiers with cerebral palsy, etc.
Since I started skiing at Winter Park in college, I've been aware of the NSCD and their adaptive-use ski programs on the mountain. I've been continually amazed, and many times put to shame by a number of participants in the program flying by me in their sit-skis, dusting me in the face as they perfectly carve down some of the harder runs on the mountain. I always thought it was impressive and inspiring but admit that I usually forgot about it after heading back to town.
A few weeks after a happenstance meeting in January at an onsen in Japan with Trevor Kennison (check out this insane video of him launching off a cliff in Japan), a sit-skier who was paralyzed during a snowboarding accident on Vail Pass just five years ago, I remembered to look up NSCD and I realized that the non-profit was based in Denver and offered so many more programs than just competitive skiing. The non-profit is a lifeline to individuals with physical, cognitive, and behavioral disabilities and they offer every kind of summer and winter sports program you can imagine: hiking, rock climbing, horseback riding, football, basketball, kayaking, of course skiing. They have a 4 star rating on Charity Navigator and only get 15% of their funding through participant fees so donations and grants make up the majority of their funding.
Please donate to my campaign. If you have anything you can contribute, even $5, I will be grateful!
Don't be shy, I donated the first $250!