Welcome to OAS's 'Breaking Boundaries' Newsletter! 

OAS provides life-changing outdoor recreation experiences to individuals with disabilities.  Participants gain confidence, build self-esteem, and strive for independence leading to an enhanced quality of life.  We believe every person plays a part in our great community, yes, this includes you!  We are glad to have you as a part of our community and hope to see you out with us breaking boundaries!

Our eNewsletter goes out every other month.  Happy reading! 
NOTE FROM EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR
W e en ded the winter season with the largest involvement to date; OAS provided 925 "on-snow" experiences to over 230 individuals, clocking over 5,200 volunteer hours.  But, that is only part of the OAS story.

As a who le, OAS has impacted the culture of Central Oregon.  OAS has promoted positive actions and awareness throughout our community.  Everyday there are examples of our mission outcomes; former participants now volunteering in the very program where they first learned to ski, development of all-abilities peer groups, individuals with disabilities are relocating to, volunteering, and working in our community and setting the stage for inclusiveness as the norm.  We hope you'll continue to participate in our community through signing up for a summer program, volunteering at an OAS event, or considering a spring donation.

Sincerely,
Suzanne Lafky
Executive Director

NOTE FROM EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR
W e en ded the winter season with the largest involvement to date; OAS provided 925 "on-snow" experiences to over 230 individuals, clocking over 5,200 volunteer hours.  But, that is only part of the OAS story.

As a who le, OAS has impacted the culture of Central Oregon.  OAS has promoted positive actions and awareness throughout our community.  Everyday there are examples of our mission outcomes; former participants now volunteering in the very program where they first learned to ski, development of all-abilities peer groups, individuals with disabilities are relocating to, volunteering, and working in our community and setting the stage for inclusiveness as the norm.  We hope you'll continue to participate in our community through signing up for a summer program, volunteering at an OAS event, or considering a spring donation.

Sincerely,
Suzanne Lafky
Executive Director

SUPPORT OAS AT  IMPACT SUMMIT 
 Next week is an exciting time for OAS!  Five nonprofits will take the stage at Leadership Bend Impact Summit (LBIS) and do a "Pitch for a Purpose" to compete for a sponsor-supported cash prize and an "Audience Choice" award. This is a rigorous and competitive process which our very own Executive Director, Suzanne Lafky has been chosen to present at!  The winning presentation will earn $10,000 for their non-profit organization.  A separate "Audience Choice" award of $1,500 will also be awarded.  OAS would like to invite everyone to support Suzanne as she makes her "pitch" and to vote for OAS!

Thursday, May 11 at 5:30 pm at the Hampton Inn & Suites Bend
730 SW Columbia St, Bend OR 97702



SIX PPP TEAMS!  

Saturday, May 20
For the last several years, OAS has been involved with the local racing hype.  This year we have added two more teams making SIX teams and over 50 athletes competing in the adaptive discipline!  Our athletes are encouraged to seek pledges to support their participation in the race which will also help the 400+ individuals with disabilities served in our year round programs.

Support a PPP Athlete: Make a Pledge

In addition to training, our athletes are encouraged to seek pledges to support their participation in the race.  If you are interested in supporting a PPP athlete, you would also be helping the 400+ individuals with disabilities served in our year round programs.

For more information please make 
your pledge here!


 
 
VOLUNTEER HUB
Everything for OAS volunteers! 

Volunteer Highlight: Rebecca Reightley
Rebecca Reightley, Volunteer Extraordinaire 

Some volunteers ease into our program quietly with little noise but Rebecca is a big deal for good reasons.  After hearing about her family members' OAS volunteer experiences she became infected with the OAS bug.  Reightley's start with OAS wasn't the easiest as she admits, "I wasn't the best skier" but with her determination, she became a seasoned volunteer skier who put in over 34 on-hill ski days with OAS this winter alone.  One of her favorite OAS memories is with a 12 year old that had never been in a sit ski, "watching him go from a place of fear to pure joy was amazing" says Reightley.  

In addition to her on-hill volunteer work, Reightley is also the chair of OAS' Bigstock silent auction which was a game-changer and raised over 20k alone last summer.  "In a way, I'm always volunteering," says the mobile massage therapist "my biggest challenge is to find a balance between working and volunteering."  We think Reightley has it under control and would like to commend her three years of service to OAS with a huge fanfare of OAS love!

OAS Winter All Star Volunteers: 20+ on-hill days!  
From left to Right: Rebecca Reightley, Alan Teshima, Barb Smith, Sally Deitchler, Bob Luoma & Denice Cristiano.  
Not in photo: Sharon Buell, Mark Davis, Alice Hamilton, Mike Magnuson, Jim Buerer and Mark Thompson.
Seeking Summer Volunteers!

We are looking for folks who are interested in helping throughout this summer with fundraising events, outreach events and programs!  If you are interested in networking, being a positive ambassador, and or currently a cyclist, mountain biker, hiker, kayaker, climber, golfer or all of the above we want you!  Please check out our  volunteer page for more information and/or fill out our  volunteer application and a staff member will follow up with you.



NEW Summer Volunteer Orientation 
Save the date! Tuesday, May 16 from 5:30 pm - 7 pm
We will be sending out an email blast soon to those who have expressed interest - want to be in the loop?  Send us a note at info@oregonadaptivesports.org!

UPCOMING EVENTS 
The BendFilm believes that the artform of film strengthens our community, inspires social action and transforms lives.  Together, OAS and BendFilm produced a documentary that captures the human spirit and seeks to inspire.  The screening will be on June 3rd, 6 pm at the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Central Oregon.  Food, drink, live music and film included.  Tickets can be purchased at  BendFilm.org.


Our annual music celebration of life, love and music, also the bloodline of OAS is slated for Saturday, August 12.  We have a beautiful line up at an phenomenal new location this year! 

Tickets will go on sale early May.  If you would like to be in the loop on Bigstock, please subscribe for our Bigstock email list by emailing us:  info@oregonadaptivesports.org  





 



FAST AND EASY WAYS TO HELP OAS 







 




Before you toss it, consider giving your outdoor goods a second life while helping OAS!  You can directly donate your goods to the local used outdoor gear shop,  Gear Fix  under Oregon Adaptive Sport's name. All proceeds from your goods will go directly to OAS.  Starting April to October, Gear Fix will be looking for summer items.

You can support OAS by shopping at Fred Meyer with your Rewards Card.  All you have to do is link your Rewards Card and scan it every time you shop at Fred Meyer. 

There is no cost to you, and you'll continue to accrue Rewards Points as usual Click on the above icon for more information and to link your Rewards Card to OAS. 
Van/Utility Vehicle
Enclosed Trailer
Canoe Trailer
Office Supplies
Bicycle Workstand & Tools
Kayaks/Canoes/Paddleboards



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LATEST SNAPSHOT 
A recent ski lesson back in March along with volunteer extradonaire Rebecca Reightley. 

Thank you for being a valuable part of helping 
OAS provide life-changing outdoor experiences for people with disabilities.  

We appreciate you.






Oregon Adaptive Sports
63025 OB Riley Rd. #12
Bend, OR 97703

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