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Letter: Volunteer with the NSCD

Volunteer with the NSCD

To the Editor:

Share your love of skiing or riding and transform lives today and ski Winter Park FREE!

The National Sports Center for the Disabled is currently looking for 300 new volunteer ski or ride instructors for the winter season at Winter Park Resort.

Each year the NSCD serves more than 3,000 children and adults with an emotional, physical, cognitive, and/or behavioral diagnosis. The only way this support is possible is through our Volunteer Program, which consists of more than 1,300 hands-on volunteers who dedicate over 30,000 hours annually to helping people with a disability ski, snowboard, kayak, rock climb, as well as many other recreational activities.

Some benefits of volunteering with the NSCD are immeasurable, as you help to improve the lives of others. Some benefits are tangible – volunteer for five days as a ski instructor and receive five days of free skiing at Winter Park Resort, or volunteer for 10 days and you receive a SEASON PASS at Winter Park Resort. We also provide our volunteers with free training clinics.

Several types of volunteers are needed:

Ski & Ride Volunteers — Ski and snowboard instructors work with participants who have a range of cognitive and/or physical disabilities. Instructors are paired with participants and spend their day on the slopes teaching and improving skills.

Nordic Volunteers —­ Participants ski on cross-country skis, Nordic sit skis or snowshoe. They have developmental disabilities, blindness or low vision, spinal cord injuries and/or emotional//behavioral challenges.

Administrative Volunteer —­ Not a skier or not comfortable with skiing skills? Volunteers are needed for our lesson desk, equipment room and just to help folks. (half day of volunteering gets a half day lift ticket)

To learn more about volunteering or to get involved visit http://www.nscd.org or call Katie Gibson at 970-726-1546.

Katie Gibson

Winter Park

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