Thanks to Keystone’s adaptive skiing staff |

Thanks to Keystone’s adaptive skiing staff

Craig SuwinskiKeystone adaptive skiing volunteer

Keystone’s new adaptive skiing program, an extension of the Breckenridge Outdoor Education Center (BOEC) disabled-skiing program, provided 117 great lessons to the disabled this year. Previous Summit Daily articles have focused on BOEC clients, but I’d like to express the appreciation of the 18 Keystone volunteers for the incredible staff that we were privileged to work with at Keystone, and to Keystone’s Roger McCarthy and Chuck Tolton for making it happen.Unfortunately, I can’t highlight all the staff we worked with this year, but I thought the following are excellent examples of the exceptionally dedicated BOEC program staff:Jen Sloan: Keystone Adaptive Ski Program Coordinator. Once, at the end of a full-day lesson, Jen took an 11-year-old cerebral palsy boy in a bi-ski rig thru the tree trails off Schoolmarm – hooting and hollering all the way. She also ran the Breck to Frisco race last year – 24 miles at 10,000 feet! Patrick: A former Navy Seal who handled a bi-ski rig with an adult paraplegic like it was a toy. He keeps the rig going at a pace close to the traffic on Blue runs.Andréa: She assisted an 18-year-old blind/Downs Syndrome skier for four days, and his progress was amazing as she called out turns to him on Silver Spoon.Eric (Kuff): This eight-year staffer handled a bi-ski rig with a large paraplegic man in it like the client was a 10-year-old child. One amazing feat: Once, when he was out of position, he controlled the rig, skied on one ski and lifted his left ski into a full vertical position to ward off a skier that was coming too close!McKinley: Another BOEC intern, who is beginning her pre-reqs for a graduate degree in Physical Therapy, while recovering from a torn ACL.I assisted her with a 6-year-old Downs Syndrome girl. McKinley kept a smile on this little girl’s face all day long, convincing me that I could do this! Angela Knightley: BOEC’s volunteer coordinator and a four-year staffer. Not only does Angela put up with crazy volunteer ideas, during an on-slope training session she proved herself as yet another remarkable BOEC staffer. These dedicated staffers show their love of their profession each and every day with the genuine warmth and interest they give to their disabled clients. Each and every one is truly amazing! Thanks to each of you from your Keystone volunteers!

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