Disabled Sports USA does a fantastic job at providing disabled vets and others with the opportunity to participate in a variety of sports. I snow skied before I became a paraplegic after a car accident and I learned to sit ski thru their skiing program. It was really exciting to be back on the slopes again! Kirk Bauer and his dedicated team assist programs around the country to open the door of inclusion in sports which often leads to full engagement in their home, community and work. I have been a big fan and supporter for many years.
Disabled Sports USA had been one of my favorite non-profits since 1996 when I first met the executive director, Kirk Bauer, at Ski Spectacular -- one of the premier DSUSA events that is held in Breckenridge, CO.
This organization was started by Vietnam veterans in 1967 to help returning veterans with disabilities build confidence by learning to ski. Early on, the DSUSA motto, "If I can do this, I can do anything," was born.
DSUSA has grown over the years and services over 60,000 youth, wounded warriors and adults every year. They have built a nation-wide chapter since that now exceeds 100 in number and provides instruction in over 30 sports. And DSUSA accomplishes this with a small, hard-working staff that allows the organization's dollars to be maximized for its constituents.
Disabled Sports USA has been one of my two key recipients of my charitable contributions for the last 15 years. The reason for my support is the organization's wide reach in serving and supporting people with disabilities and their quest to be involved in physical activity. Since the Iraq and Afghanistan conflicts, DSUSA expanded its outreach to wounded warriors and has gone on to create Warfighter Sports for this group. This focus has brought worldwide coverage of the topic of what people with disabilities can do.
Disabled Sports USA is one of those special organizations that truly impacts the lives of the people it serves. It has been an honor to not only support DSUSA but to attend events and work on projects for DSUSA. I am particularly moved by the volunteers who keep coming back and giving of their time – sometimes donors and volunteers get more out of it. That is the mark of a great organization.
This is a fantastic organization! They have given me several opportunities to compete in different sporting events with other disabled athletes and wounded veterans. The employees and volunteers go out of their way to ensure every disabled athlete has a wonderful experience...no matter what sport they are enjoying. I am looking forward to learning new sports I did not attempt before I was wounded. Now, as a double amputee, DSUSA has helped me achieve new goals such as completing marathons, long distance relays, and climbing mountains...because "If I can do this, I can do ANYTHING!" Thanks DSUSA!
Disabled Sports USA (DSUSA) is highly committed organization. It stands by it's "Mission Statement". Their disabled "Warfighter" program helped me as disabled combat veteran find renewal as an individual through sports and helped me realize that it is not what you can't do but what you can! Since joining their program my overall health has substantial increased. I have lost 60 pounds and have been able to get off all but one of my medications. I directly attribute this to getting active again through their sports programs. DSUSA was their for me when I needed them. Finally, DSUSA ensures their supportive donations are utilized to the max for their programs. "Thank you DSUSA for helping me live my life again!".
DSUSA truly changes lives every day. Through our extensive Chapter network and programs DSUSA has continued to rebuild lives through sports since 1967. From our nation's most severely injured soldiers to a young child with spinabifida DSUSA puts on daily smiles 365 days a year to thousands.
I have been a volunteer/ski instructor for over 10 years. This is a fantastic organization. I have received more than I've given by teaching skiing to persons whose lives are challenged. DSUSA is the "tops" in recreational therapy. They need more support.
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For almost everyone, 9/11 was an extremely devastating American tragedy, for us it hit a little closer to home. My husband is a NYC firefighter and was on duty the day of September 11. We are blessed to say that he survived that horrific day, however, he still suffered from the tremendous loss of his brothers and of all the innocent people he tried to save. Our relationship with DSUSA started right after the fires were extinguished and the dust settled at Ground Zero, their compassion for our family was the glimmer of hope that we desperately needed. Their generous invitation for our family to attend The Harford Ski Spectacular changed our lives forever. Nine short years, after her first time on skis, our visually impaired daughter put her Harvard education on hold and competed in all five alpine ski events in the 2010 Vancouver Paralympic games. How do you thank an organization like DSUSA? You become a loyal volunteer for both their winter and summer events that they run throughout the country. You see we have been lucky enough to witness first hand their motto "If I can do this, I can do anything". Our family feels an enormous amount of gratitude to DSUSA and we will always be loyal supporters of this wonderful organization that truly can change lives!
I have been a volunteer for this organization for 10 years. It has been an extremely rewarding experience assisting people with disabilities , youth, adults and wounded warriors, to get back into sports within their communities. helping to provide them with the opportunity to realize their dream of participation in sports with their abled bodied friends and family is truly amazing. DSUSA has been providing wounded warriors returning from Iraq and Afghanistan these opportunities free of charge, and by my helping to support their efforts by volunteering, I believe I am showing them how much I appreciate their service to our country.
For years, I battled with coping with the debilitating effects of the physical and emotional wounds I endured from combat in Iraq. With no network of other wounded veterans, and without the realization that organizations like DSUSA even existed, I lost sight of what was possible to achieve physically with my wounds. It wasn't until I was able to connect with DSUSA that I gained the confidence to once again "try". It's only been uphill from that moment. Since then, I've completed two triathlons, two 100-mile bike rides, climbed Mt. Kilimanjaro, and will soon attempt to summit Denali. A very heartfelt thanks to DSUSA.
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In 2004 I lost my left leg above the knee while serving in the U.S. Army in Iraq. Within weeks of returning to the U.S. Kirk Bauer was in my hospital room explaining the endless possibilities that were out there for a person with my injury. Ever since then DS/USA has shown me those possibilities. Those opportunities have translated to my personal life and have lead me to getting my bachelor's degree, my career, as well as meeting my wife and essentially making my life the happiest it's ever been. THANK YOU DS/USA!!!