FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE January 3, 2013
800-287-8415 ext 110
AbilityPLUS and Mount Snow To Host Kids Of Courage
For Day of Freedom and Adventure On The Slopes
Mount Snow, VT, January 3, 2013– More than 60 children with life threatening illnesses from across the country will be treated to a day of a freedom and adventure on the slopes of Mount Snow this weekend thanks to hundreds of volunteers and staff of AbilityPLUS and Kids Of Courage.
New York City based non-profit Kids Of Courage organizes adventure trips for children with life threatening illnesses that cause severe physical impairment. AbilityPLUS is a non-profit organization that provides adaptive sports and recreation programs for individuals with physical and developmental disabilities. This Sunday, January 6, the two organizations will partner with Mount Snow Resort to create a life affirming experience for Kids Of Courage participants.
“I truly believe this experience is life extending for these kids,” said Kids Of Courage Executive Director Ari Dobkin. “We have kids who some doctors have written off say ‘I can’t wait to go on next year’s ski trip!’ And they do it. It gives them something to look forward to, it gives them something that they can do and be just like every other kid out there.”
AbilityPLUS and Mount Snow make the annual ski outing possible for Kids Of Courage and the children it serves. “Other adaptive programs we contacted, a big day for them would be 5 or 6 kids,” recalled Dobkin. “When we called AbilityPLUS at AbilityPLUS and said we wanted to bring 50 or 60 kids, her reaction was ‘Wow, sure, no problem.’ Without AbilityPLUS going the extra mile an experience like this wouldn’t be possible for these kids.”
“This is the third year of our partnership and with each year comes an even greater sense of accomplishment and joy in providing a memorable day for these amazing kids,” said AbilityPLUS, executive director of programs for AbilityPLUS. “We’re so grateful to the hundreds of AbilityPLUS volunteers and Mount Snow for helping make this happen.”
Most Kids Of Courage participants are battling illnesses that are extremely rare and life threatening. Participants and their aides travel from throughout the country to New York City where the Kids Of Courage all volunteer staff, medical personnel and trove of assistants arrange the trip to Mount Snow.
Founded as a 501c3 in 1997, AbilityPLUS offers adaptive sports and recreation opportunities for individuals with all manner of physical and developmental disabilities, from severe physical impairments to people with autism across the spectrum. The programs are designed to create freedom, promote independence, support inclusion and help those individuals and their families discover their full social, emotional and athletic potential. Programs are provided year 'round from facilities at Mount Snow VT, Attitash, NH, Wildcat, NH and with affiliate and special programs throughout New England. AbilityPLUS is a Chapter of Disabled Sports, USA and is a Paralympic Sport Club. For more information visit www.abilityPLUS.org or call (800) 287-8415 x103.