Welcome to OAS's 'No 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! 
A NOTE FROM THE EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

Four simple words define EMPOWER: to give power to.  At OAS, EMPOWER is more than words, our community defines the word EMPOWER through their vitality and actions. 
 
Participants, volunteers and staff EMPOWERED OAS through the busiest winter in our 20 year history with over 225 individuals skiing, boarding or snowshoeing; concluding the season with an estimated 810 adaptive experiences.  That is an IMPACT - that is EMPOWERMENT.
 
This organization was founded on the principle of EMPOWERMENT, created by EMPOWERED citizens and developed by participants and volunteers.  We hold this principle as a key component of our culture and decision-making, present and future.  OAS belongs to the community, led by EMPOWERED participants and volunteers and operated by loyal guardians. 

This year, with a 40% growth rate and our first official year-round programming, we continue to need EMPOWERED community members to support and lead OAS.  Join us as an athlete EMPOWERED to achieve personal goals, as a volunteer EMPOWERED to seek a challenge and as a donor EMPOWERED to reinforce our mission.
 
We will plan on seeing you soon out on the golf course, river, or trail and Bigstock.

Sincerely, 

Suzanne Lafky 
Executive Director

A VAN?  A TRUCK?  WE'LL TAKE IT!

Our beloved old GMC Van known as Vanessa is on the verge of breaking down.  

We are in need of a new staff vehicle!  A van?  A truck?  We'll take it! 
Donate your vehicle and get a tax deduction. 

Call us now at 541-306-4774!

BIGSTOCK 2016

Bigstock is an annual music festival set in an intimate natural amphitheater in Bend, Oregon.  It is a benefit for OAS set for August 13, 2016 but also a celebration of life, love and music.  The event consists of live music, a silent auction and the promotion of OAS's mission.  

We are thrilled to announce our line up for Bigstock 2016!  This year's line up includes the beautiful music of the multiple Grammy Award-Winning American Rock band, Los Lobos, and will also feature American rock artist Lukas Nelson & Promise Of The Real and SoCal pop rock artist Franchot Tone.
 
Tickets are on sale now!  To learn more or to purchase tickets, please check out our Bigstock page HERE


WINTER SEASON SUMMARY
First turns, fresh tracks, new faces and familiar ones were all part of a record breaking 2015/16 season for OAS as winter returned in full-effect to the Cascades.   More clients, volunteers, and instructors than ever pushed the limits of what OAS has pr eviously provided at Mt. Bachelor and Hoodoo.  
 
With 17 instructors and more than $53,000 distributed in scholarships for people with disabilities, it couldn't have been done without the 200+ volunteers that helped out this winter.  Among those were some that truly empowered OAS. 

Mount Bachelor:
Most Dedicated: Alan Teshima
Grammy Award: Dana Ries
Rookie of the Year: Mel Canna
Crossfit Award: Jeremy Holbrook
LOL Award: Perry Freund
Warm & Fuzzy: Sharon Buell
Client Breakthrough: Barb Smith
 
Hoodoo:
Most Dedicated: Takuma Asakura
Lodge Mom: Mary Lynn Morgan
Rookie of the Year: Ellie Bartlett
Mother Hen & Father Goose: Bunny & Mark Thompson

Interested in helping out this summer as a volunteer?  Our first volunteer training is coming up on Sunday, May 15!  Learn more here and sign up by sending us a message and/or a volunteer application HERE

SUMMER SCHEDULE
In response to the evolution of Oregon Adaptive Sports, and the departure of our summer program director, Lucy Swaffield who has taken on a new role in Montana, we have realigned our team to best cultivate the growing number of participants and programs.  Our summer and winter program director positions have been combined in hopes to produce an even stronger platform for providing year-round outdoor recreation experiences that are life-changing.  Together with our new Program Director, Pat Addabbo we are more focused than ever and have  restructured our summer program and staffing including two new summer part-time staff members.  We cannot wait for summer! 


 
Volunteer Trainings - Begin 5/15, multiple trainings through the end of May.

 Pole Pedal Paddle - A local multi-sport race over the weekend of May 21.
 
Ability Golf - 1-2 times monthly @ Awbrey Glen Golf Club beginning late May.
 
"Tuesday Cruise-day" Cycling - Every other Tuesday 5-7pm @ Pine Nursery Park 5/31-8/23 | All ages and abilities
 
Cycling Open House with Different Spokes - 6/26 & 7/16 | 10am-3pm @ Pine Nursery Park | All ages and abilities
 
Mountain Sense - Twice monthly programming for people with visual impairments | Starts June 2 nd  People of most ages with visual impairments
 
CamPAH! - July 2-3 | For people who are Deaf or Hard of Hearing

Tour des Chutes - July 9 
 
Camp OASIS - August 1-5 | Ages 7-12 | Inclusive program (all abilities), multiple activities

Cascade Challenge - August 29-31 | Adventure day camp for teens with physical disabilities & siblings

Heroes in Summer  - September 9-11 | Eagle Crest Resort | Military personnel and Veterans with disabilities and their families

Private Cycling, Hiking, & Kayaking Sessions - Available starting June 1 st | All ages and abilities.

Learn More

OAS AWARD WINNING INSTRUCTOR

The Professional Snowsports Instructors of America - Northwest (PSIA-NW) a ski association compromised of professional skiers throughout the Northwest has recognized one of OAS's very own, Kellie Standish as Rookie of the Year!  Through Standish's focus on education and commitment to proficiency in adaptive ski instructions, she has assisted OAS students across the spectrum of ability from adults with spinal cord injuries, learning to mono-ski to skiing with the snow-slider, to younger children with developmental disabilities finding balance and movement on snow.   

OAS is extremely proud to have Standish receive this high level of recognition as this reflects her dedication to OAS and commitment to providing the best experience possible for our clients.  More so, this award reflects the entire PSIA-NW membership base not just adaptive programs.  Congratulations Kellie! 

LATEST SNAPSHOT 
OAS volunteer, Jon with Darwin practicing together in a tandem kayak for the annual multi-sport race, Pole Pedal Paddle.  OAS will be hosting four adaptive teams this year.
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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