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Thumbs Up Adaptive Sports

February 8, 2014

Waterville Valley resident, Cynthia Powell, is one of many dedicated volunteers involved in Waterville Valley’s Adaptive Sports program.  Cindy shared the following ‘thumbs up’date.

By Cynthia Powell

Yup, it’s been thumbs up all around the Waterville Valley Adaptive office!  We have been providing lessons to kids from the local schools, kids from Massachusetts, Rhode Island and from all parts of New Hampshire.  Kathy Chandler has connected with Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital in Charlestown, MA and has been bringing a large group to Waterville Valley – including some of the Boston Marathon bombing survivors.  We welcome them all to beautiful Waterville Valley!

Another incredible student drove up from Florida for two weeks to learn how she can “sit-ski” independently.  She exclaimed that this was the highlight of her year! She was injured in a skiing accident about eight years ago and now moves with assistance from a wheelchair.  She made enormous strides and we can’t wait for her return next year.  What an amazing spirit she has and we are all so fortunate to be able to share her love of skiing!

The Winter Paralympic Games in Sochi will start on March 7, a few weeks after the start of the Olympic Games.  Our own Chris Devlin-Young will be going for gold! Chris is a 2-time Paralympics champion and competes as a monoskier.  All Americans, especially Watervillians, will be cheering him on.

Many thanks to the Waterville Valley community and the Waterville Valley Ski Resort for their support.  WVAS is dedicated to empowering individuals with disabilities through access and instruction in sports and recreation for life.  The program really enriches the lives of everyone involved, which results in profound and lasting impact on individual freedoms, health and well-being.

Waterville Valley Adaptive Sports instructors, Marilyn Leaman (l) and Meryl Jacobson (r) with their student, Lexi!

THUMBS UP from Waterville Valley Adaptive Sports instructors, Marilyn Leaman (l) and Meryl Jacobson (r) with their student, Lexi! (Image courtesy of Cynthia Powell)

Learn more about the Waterville Valley Adaptive Sports Program here >>

About Jan Stearns

I've been living in and loving New Hampshire's White Mountains for most of my life. I moved to Waterville Valley in 1981 and quickly realized why it was dubbed a Yankee Shangri-la. Once you’ve experienced Waterville Valley, you’ll want to call it yours. The great team of Realtors at Waterville Valley Realty can help you find a Waterville Valley home that fits your lifestyle and budget. 1-888-987-8333.

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