Robinson: What is NSCD?

Nicole Robinson
Hal O'Leary, founder of NSCD chats with a Shining Stars camper in the equipment room prior to a ski lesson.
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NSCD was the founded in 1970 by Hal O’Leary, a ski instructor at Winter Park Resort who initially volunteered to help with the Denver Children’s Hospital amputee program. Over the years, Hal has developed innovative teaching techniques and pioneered adaptive equipment to help the disabled ski. Each year more than 3,000 children and adults with disabilities participate in NSCD programs to learn more about sports and themselves. With specially trained staff and volunteers, and its own adaptive equipment lab, the NSCD teaches a variety of year-round sports and activities to individuals with almost any physical, cognitive, emotional or behavioral diagnosis.

The Wells Fargo Ski Cup is a high energy event that works to raise important funds and awareness for the NSCD. This event boast the longest running professional ski race in the country and serves as a signature fundraiser. February 26-28 will commemorate the 41st consecutive year for Wells Fargo Ski Cup!

Three races comprise the three-day weekend. The Corporate Challenge: Skiers and snowboarders from thirty-three corporate teams race against each other to claim bragging rights and prizes. NSCD Competition Center Athlete races on each team for cash prizes to help finance his/her expenses to train for the 2018 Paralympics. Sunday the kids get in on the action! Wells Fargo Ski Cup guests, ages 5-12, race the same course as the professionals and are joined by mascots from Winter Park and Colorado sports teams in the Kids Snowplow Sprint.

Capping off the weekend on Sunday is the World Disabled Invitational– Professional athletes from around the world compete for cash prizes in a race unlike any other. Other weekend events include a two-day silent auction, Wells Fargo hospitality tent, tubing to raise funds for the NSCD and the Ski for NSCD Pledge Drive.

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