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Adaptive Action Sports moves to South Shore

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Adaptive Action Sports , a California-based nonprofit organization that promotes opportunities for individuals with permanent physical disabilities to become involved in “action sports,” art and music has just moved from Venice Beach to South Lake Tahoe.

AAS, the newest Disabled Sports USA chapter, is eager to become a part of the Lake Tahoe community. AAS believes that participation in “action sports,” especially board sports, is part of youth culture for a substantial percentage of America’s youth and young adults. The opportunity for a disabled youth to ride a snowboard, wakeboard or skateboard allows that youth to engage in an exciting, healthy activity that is valued by his/her peers. The result for the disabled individual is hope, increased self-esteem and renewed enjoyment in life. The result for the able-bodied community is awareness of the ability of the permanently disabled to fully participate, and excel, in life. All around, expectations are raised and barriers to full inclusion are reduced.

Through collaborative efforts and leveraging resources AAS has developed alliances with, or received support from more than 50 organizations. These alliances have made it possible for AAS to develop venues through which permanently disabled individuals can participate in “action sport” including but not limited to USASA Nationals Competition (the largest disabled snowboard competition in the world), Windells AAS Freestyle session at Windells Camp on Mount Hood and a skateboard camp at Woodward Skate Camp in Pennsylvania.

AAS will be bringing its message and programs to Lake Tahoe. With nationwide snowboard, skateboard and rock-climbing programs, camps and events in place already, AAS will look to expand its programming to include a local calendar. The local camps and events will encompass sports including snowboarding, wakeboarding, skateboarding, rock-climbing, mountain-biking and many more.

As a new organization to the community AAS is actively seeking support in the following areas:

— Compassionate “action-sport” enthusiasts to join the board of directors

— Office space

— Sponsorship and donations

— Check Web site soon for volunteer needs

As a nonprofit, Adaptive Action Sports relies on the generosity of others to reach its goals. Check out what AAS is doing and how you can help at http://www.adacs.org or http://www.myspace.com/adaptiveactionsports. For further information, contact Daniel Gale, co-founder/executive director, or Amy Purdy, co-founder/development director, at (619) 770-0240.


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