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BOEC's Inspirations E-Newsletter
BOEC's Inspirations
The Official Newsletter of the BOEC
BOEC's Inspirations E-Newsletter
Dear Friend of BOEC,

Many consider the Memorial Day weekend to be the official start of summer and until this year it was no different for BOEC. Instead, we are working hard to reimagine what this season will look like with the hope of bringing back some of that summer magic for our participants and others who need access to outdoor adventure and fun during such trying times. 
 
We shared with you all in our last update that in order to ensure the safety of our participants, staff and volunteers, we made the difficult decision to cancel the majority of our summertime programming including all overnight programs held at the  Scott Griffith Lodge  in Breckenridge or remotely. It is our hope that in the coming weeks we will be able to welcome participants for limited (but still fun!) day programs at the BOEC Wilderness Site campus and other locations in Summit County and we will be launching a series of fun, interactive and engaging  virtual games and programs  in the coming days. 
 
We have made a commitment to support those in our community who need us now more than ever and will be offering programs to meet the critical needs of teens, children and those with special needs or other challenges who are being especially hard hit by the challenges we are all facing during this time. We thank those who reached out to us to help in this way and thank our board and staff for supporting this important initiative. 
 
We all continue to get our inspiration from many of you which pushes us to work even harder to serve those who need the BOEC now more than ever. We are inspired by volunteers like Shari Topping who has overcome her own adversity to serve others and donors like John Parke who give to the BOEC because what we do inspires HIM! And we are inspired by our own team members like Jeff Inouye, who after 27 years continues to give with the passion and commitment that makes BOEC what it is. We hope you enjoy reading the stories of these three extraordinary individuals in this month’s newsletter.
 
Please check out our new  COVID-19 Update page  on the BOEC website for updates on summer programming and we hope to welcome many of you of you back to BOEC either virtually or in person this summer.
 
Stay safe and healthy,
Sonya Norris
Sonya Norris
Executive Director
Breckenridge Outdoor Education Center
It's the People Who Make BOEC So Special: Jeff Inouye, Ski Program Director
The number 27 expresses a love for and interest in the well-being of humanity and one who is diplomatic and wise. This number is about non-judgment, compassion, and tolerance of others and their beliefs. Who knew a number could be so profound? In the case of BOEC Adaptive Ski & Snowboard Program Director Jeff Inouye, the number 27 fits him like a glove in so many ways.
BOEC Volunteer Shari Topping Adapts and Overcomes Diversity
The year 1999 was a historical year in many senses. The world was in the midst of the "Y2K" hype, the Columbine school shooting took the lives of 15 and changed the landscape of school safety in America forever, the New York Yankees won their 25th World Series, and Pokemon fever gripped the U.S. But for BOEC Volunteer Shari Topping, 1999 was the year that changed her life forever. It came down to just a split second on a quintessential 29-degree Saturday in January that did it.
Recreating OUR Recreation

In light of the Coronavirus pandemic, BOEC is busy recreating the way we spend time together this summer. Join us as we roll out our NEW virtual program series; Recreating our Recreation.  

Stay tuned to our website , Facebook and YouTube as we begin to add new virtual programs. Starting in June, Tuesdays will feature a new outdoor educational short video and Wednesdays will include adaptive chair yoga sessions. Additionally, small group community classes will be added throughout the week. Schedules are subject to change so please check back often!
Donor Spotlight: John Parke

Every day we are fortunate to get to know more about those donors that so graciously give to the BOEC. Every single person who gives has their own story about why they decide to provide a gift, and each is equally meaningful to us.

This month we’d like to introduce you to John Parke, a valuable donor who gifts BOEC with a recurring monthly donation. John has a deep respect for the BOEC mission and in this month's donor spotlight he relays his “why" for giving to the BOEC. Check it out.
BOEC Supports Summit County Community
As the circumstances surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic continue to disrupt all aspects of everyday life in Summit County and around the world, many individuals, businesses and organizations are taking the opportunity to give back to their communities in a variety of ways. In our neck of the woods, the Summit County Community and Senior Center (SCCSC) has tackled the challenge head-on by adjusting its “Meals on Wheels” food assistance program to fit these uncertain times. And the Breckenridge Outdoor Education Center (BOEC) is happy to be a part of it.
Join BOEC and register as a team or individual to walk, run, jog or bike your favorite 5K in memory of Rob Millisor and in support of heart health in Summit County. Click the image below to register today!
THANK YOU TO OUR KEY PARTNERS
The mission of the Breckenridge Outdoor Education Center (BOEC) is to expand the potential of people with disabilities and special needs through meaningful, educational and inspiring outdoor experiences.
BOEC is a 501(c)3 Nonprofit