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

The rumor around town is that Griffin, the newest canine member of the OAS team, is enjoying his new home in Bend.  Pat, the newest human member of the OAS team and Griffin's master, has been introducing Griffin to best of Central Oregon; the river trail, the Badlands, Tumalo Falls and of course, the OAS office.  

Pat and Griffin came just in time to help OAS through the busiest winter season on record.  Thanks to the "healthy" snow season, both of our partnering ski resorts have hosted crowds of adaptive skiers.  With less then thirty days to go, we are planning our year end barbecues at both
 Bachelor and Hoodoo.  It is always bittersweet to say goodbye to our winter season, but OAS will be back sooner rather then later now that we are official a year around program - and Pat and Griffin will be here all summer long.  Be sure to visit them this summer!


Sincerely,

Suzanne Lafky

NEW FACES
Pat Addabbo, Program Director

If you haven't already heard....  Oregon Adaptive Sports has  appointed Patrick Addabbo  as our new Program Director!  Coming from the Adaptive Sports Center in Crested Butte, CO, Pat has spent the past five years helping run one of the nation's premier year-round outdoor adventure programs for people with disabilities. He comes with a background in outdoor and adventure education and has a degree in Outdoor Leadership from Warren Wilson College in Asheville, NC.

With Pat's decade of experience working with the adaptive industry at various events and programs across the country including extensive work with all disciplines of adaptive skiing and adaptive cycling, OAS is excited to have him 
join our community.  Please join us in welcoming Pat to the team!  

Aside from Pat, it would be a cardinal sin to not introduce you all to our six newest instructors if you have not already met them on the mountain.  All have been with us since the start of the winter season and are wonderful human beings.  Here's your chance to get to read up on what they think of Spiderman vs Batman, their favorite jackets and why OAS.
Lisa Schulte

Favorite Jacket:   
My favorite jacket has got to be my life jacket.  While wearing it I have felt my ultimate happiness, seen beautiful settings, met the man of my dreams, had great adventure, been more scared and stressed than ever before, faced challenges and succeeded, faced challenges and failed, and learned a ton.  

Kellie Standish

Favorite Jacket: 
I have a cargo jacket that I've had for at least ten years, it definitely should have been thrown away years ago. It's far too small, a little faded and both elbows are ripped through but for some reason it's managed to stick with me all that time. Not only has it found its way back to me all 4+ I've lost it (sometimes mysteriously), but it has survived my mothers attempts to get rid of it every time I visit home. 

Devon Harrigan 

Why OAS? 
I think that everyone deserves to enjoy skiing and the outdoors no matter what their circumstances. If I can be a small part of an awesome organization that helps make that happen, I think that's a good thing.

Kellie Nemke

Why OAS?  
In 1999, I became the director of the oldest adaptive ski program in Oregon, Willamette Valley-based Alpine Adventures.  OAS and Alpine Adventures had an informal, yet meaningful partnership.  I have enjoyed watching OAS grow into the adaptive program it is today, and am proud that Alpine Adventures and OAS are now one.  
Kadee Mardee

Batman VS Spiderman, who would win?
I love spiderman - whether that is from my nerdy-ness relating to Peter Parker or The Simpsons spider-pig clip. But... I think that Batman would win via technology. Spiderman is always the winner in my book though. They just need to be friends and together they would conquer evil across the universe!
Micheal Ahmuty 

Batman VS Spiderman, who would win?
I have spent many chairlift rides asking myself the same question...   However, after being held prisoner by Hodag (a woodland creature), and being forced to watch old Frank Howard ski films  inside an extinct volcano .  It was Spiderman, who eventually dug me out.  Though he spoke highly of Batman and their early days of backcountry exploration, he assured me that Batman was mostly a flashy belt, fast car kinda guy and has way too fat skis. 


To see all of our instructors, check out our  Staff Page . 


JUNIOR RACERS REGISTRATION DEADLINE COMING UP!
Saturday, March 12 at Hoodoo


Junior Racers event is a free day of skiing for youth under the age of 18 with physical disabilities that require the use of sit-ski equipment.  

This fun-filled day includes the use of adaptive ski equipment, an afternoon pizza party, and our very popular costume contest!

Racers will have a blast skiing with our outstanding instructors and volunteers.  If you haven't already, be sure to register by March 4! 


 





POLE PEDAL PADDLE RECRUITMENT 
May 21, 2016

Its time to start thinking about Pole Pedal Paddle again... W ill you be in the picture this year?

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Last year we had a great turnout with 4 teams representing Oregon Adaptive Sports in Pole Pedal Paddle!  This is a multi-sport relay race that includes Alpine Skiing, Nordic Skiing, Cycling, Running, Kayaking and a sprint to the finish line!

There are a few more open spots for our adaptive teams, if you are an adaptive athlete or volunteer who is interested in racing, shoot Team Captain, Geoff Babb by clicking on the email icon below!


SNOW CAMP ON THE LOCAL NEWS
February 13-14, 2016 

Snow Camp for Deaf and Hard of Hearing Youth
KTVZ Snow Camp for Deaf & HH Story
For one weekend 11 campers who are Deaf and hard of hearing between the age of 13-20 got to experience something different on the slopes of Mt. Bachelor, a world with direct communication and full inclusion. 

14 volunteers  with a range of ski and snowboard skills came from as far as the San Juan Island to volunteer their time and energy over the weekend.  The special skill most of them brought?  Fluency in America Sign Language, giving every camper access to direct communication whether they use ASL and/or spoken language.  What's more?  Most of these volunteers are deaf or hard of hearing, providing a positive role model that campers could relate to. 

Thanks to the support of our volunteers, we were able to implement this one of a kind program for the third year in a row.  

HEROES IN SISTERS: SALUTE! 
9th Annual Event: January 22-24, 2016

This was our 9th year honoring Pacific Northwest Veterans with physical disabilities and their families.  We had 30 individuals and their families totaling to 90 people!  Everyone got to partake in a fun-filled weekend with an emphasis on the family experience.  The weekend was kicked off with a meet and greet dinner social in Sisters, then tubing, adaptive skiing and snowboarding at both Mt. Bachelor and Hoodoo Ski Area on Saturday and Sunday.  

We would like to personally thank all of our veterans and their families for their service and sacrifices to our freedoms.    Heroes in Sisters is an all-expense paid weekend co-sponsored by Disabled Sports USA, United States Department of Veterans Affair and is made possible by a number of sponsors who make monetary and in-kind donations.  W e would like to also salute all volunteers and sponsors  for  your support in making this stellar weekend happen! 


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

We appreciate you.






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63025 OB Riley Rd. #12
Bend, OR 97701
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