Like many things in the last year, the 35th Annual National Disabled Veterans Winter Sports Clinic will look a bit different – but the mission remains the same: Instill the rehabilitation value of leisure pursuits as a viable means to aid in community reintegration and build a strong foundation which will further Veterans dedication to better health and a rewarding lifestyle.
The event will be held March 29 through April 2.
The event was originally set to take place at Snowmass Village in Colorado. Instead, this year’s 5-day event, sponsored by VA and DAV (Disabled American Veterans), will be held virtually.
The team has worked hard to make sure programs are engaging and pack just the right amount of excitement. The National Disabled Veterans Winter Sports Clinic ‘At Home’ will include opening ceremonies. It also will include Veteran testimonials, keynote addresses and demonstrations on adaptive sports.
“We have a great 5-day At Home program planned,” said Teresa Parks, director of the National Disabled Veterans Winter Sports Clinic. “The in-person week-long event has changed Veterans lives. It has been the catalyst for Veterans and their families to learn all that is possible through this hands-on adaptive rehabilitation clinic.”
Promoting the vision of what is possible
This year during the At Home event we will continue to inspire and promote the benefits of healthy living and healthy lifestyles and the vision of what is possible.
To participate in the At Home event, Veterans, caregivers, VA Staff, Winter Sports Volunteers and the Adaptive community need to go to www.wintersportsclinic.org, check out the agenda and click on the links at the designated date and time.
All sessions will be recorded for you to check out later.
The National Disabled Veterans Winter Sports Clinic attracts Veterans from across the country to participate in this annual learn-to-ski clinic for disabled Veterans in Snowmass Village, Colorado. Ensuring Veterans receive world-class health care and rehabilitation through adaptive sports is the primary goal of VA and DAV.
Disability not an obstacle to a rewarding life
The Clinic proves that a disability need not be an obstacle to an active, rewarding life.
Find additional information on how you can register to participate at www.wintersportsclinic.org.
Participation is open to male and female U.S. military service Veterans with traumatic brain injuries, spinal cord injuries, orthopedic amputations, visual impairments, certain neurological problems and other disabilities.
Veterans learn Alpine and Nordic skiing and are introduced to a variety of other activities and sports, such as rock climbing, scuba diving, curling, snowmobiling and sled hockey. U.S. Secret Service instructors also attend to teach self-defense to participants who are in wheelchairs or are visually impaired.
Participants include Veterans from all eras, including WWII and up to the recent and current wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.