Winter Park Resort will host races, activites to benefit National Sports Center for the Disabled
January 28, 2009
The National Sports Center for the Disabled (NSCD) is gearing up for the 34th annual Wells Fargo Cup scheduled for Friday, Feb. 27, through Sunday March 1.
Festivities include four ski races, skier hospitality, live entertainment, ice-carving demonstrations and a large silent auction.
Participants have the opportunity to race with world-class competitive disabled skiers as well as enjoy the weekend activities. On Saturday morning, the Corporate Challenge brings amateurs of all skiing and snowboarding abilities to the slopes in a pro-am style event. Each race team consists of a top disabled athlete and five amateurs. Starts are handicapped so that every run is competitive.
Saturday afternoon boasts the Denver Post Celebrity Smackdown, which is a chance for Denver media personalities, mascots, former Broncos, cheerleaders, and surprise celebrities to tackle the slopes where the “best fall” and the “worst dressed” win prizes.
Sunday’s premier ski race, the World Disabled Invitational, features the best male and female disabled racers in the world flying down Lower Hughes Run while competing for one of the largest cash prizes on the disabled racing circuit.
SKI for NSCD, an online fundraising program in conjunction with the Wells Fargo Cup, invites those who would like to support the NSCD to raise money online, win great prizes and be part of the Wells Fargo Cup weekend.
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With more than 34 years of support from Wells Fargo and other corporate sponsors, the Wells Fargo Cup raises over $200,000 annually to support the innovative programs of the Nationals Sports Center for the Disabled. What began in 1970 as a one-time ski lesson for children with amputations for the Children’s Hospital of Denver, the NSCD is today one of the largest outdoor therapeutic recreation agencies in the world.
Each year, thousands of children and adults with disabilities take to the ski slopes, mountain trails and golf courses to learn more about sports ” and themselves. With specially trained staff and its own adaptive equipment lab, the NSCD teaches a variety of winter and summer sports and activities to individuals with almost any physical, cognitive, emotional, or behavioral diagnosis.
More than 23,000 lessons have been taught over the last year and the NSCD has recently opened a satellite office in Kansas City and hosts programs in eight other U.S. cities.
For more information about the NSCD, visit http://www.nscd.org.
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