Lounsbury Adaptive Ski Program (LASP) invites the community to join the #GivingTuesday movement on Nov. 29, 2016 by participating in a 24-hour fundraising blitz to expand adaptive skiing opportunities for disadvantaged disabled populations, including youth and Veterans.
#GivingTuesday is held annually on the Tuesday after Thanksgiving (in the U.S.) to kick-off the holiday giving season and inspire people to collaborate in improving their local communities by giving back to the charities and causes they support.
LASP has set a #GivingTuesday goal of $35,000 to be used to purchase special adaptive ski equipment, sponsor scholarships for disadvantaged students and to fund volunteer training and certification programs. They invite the community to help LASP reach new donors by spreading the word about #GivingTuesday by visiting www.facebook.com/LounsburyAdaptive.
“LASP hopes that the positive effects of skiing will carry over and give confidence to various other areas in the individual’s life.” said Mary Ellen Racich, director, Lounsbury Adaptive Ski Program.
Those who are interested in joining Lounsbury Adaptive Ski Program’s #GivingTuesday initiative can visit http://lounsburyadaptive.mydagsite.com/.
The Lounsbury Adaptive Ski Program offers adaptive ski lessons to persons with virtually all disabilities, both physical and cognitive. Commonly encountered disabilities include spinal cord injuries, amputations, Down’s Syndrome, Spina Bifida, Cerebral Palsy, Multiple Sclerosis, traumatic brain injury, visual impairment, Autism and developmental delay. Since its inception in 1988, LASP has grown from four instructors teaching 14 students in a total of 35 lessons to over 40 instructors who collectively teach over 250 lessons during the course of a single ski season. All instructors are specially trained in adaptive ski teaching methods and 70 percent of these instructors are certified by the Professional Ski Instructors of America (PSIA).
LASP is a not-for-profit 501(c)(3) organization and a chapter of Disabled Sports USA. To learn more, visit www.LounsburyAdaptive.org.