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Teton Adaptive Sports (TAS) was formed in the spring of 2005 in Teton County and is the first non-profit in Wyoming to be associated as a chapter with Disabled Sports/USA. Our mission is to promote, support, and develop sports and recreation opportunities for people with disabilities living in and visiting the Greater Teton Area. Headquartered in Jackson Hole, Teton Adaptive Sports is centered in a region known for endless outdoor adventures. TAS was initially created as a support organization for the Adaptive Ski Programs at Jackson Hole Mountain Resort and Grand Targhee Resort; to provide funding for adaptive ski equipment, instructor training, and financial assistance for individuals taking adaptive ski lessons. The summer of 2008 marked efforts by Teton Adaptive Sports to encourage and assist with the development of year round adaptive opportunities. Our model is to partner with existing recreation providers to enhance their ability to deliver a quality experience, while developing our own “in house” possibilities. We are in the business of growing and enhancing opportunities. The core TAS belief is that active participation in sports and recreation promotes individuals’ physical strength, develops confidence and self esteem, forges relationships, and contributes to a level of enjoyment and quality of life that otherwise might not be experienced. And then there’s the fun part…

Disabled Sports/USA was formed in 1967 by a group of disabled Vietnam veterans and is dedicated to the promotion of sports and recreation for people with disabilities. The organization is a nationwide network of community based chapters that serve over 60,000 people with year round activities and competitions. In addition DS/USA has been designated the lead agency to provide sports rehabilitation for permanently disabled service members through the Wounded Warrior Disabled Sports Project. DS/USA is a nonprofit, tax exempt, educational organization and is sponsored primarily by corporate grants and donations from the private sector.

Kurt HenryExecutive Director Kurt Henry first began working with people with developmental disabilities in the early 1970’s while earning a degree in Psychology and the Humanities at Ohio University. Over the years, Kurt has worked in the classroom, residential programs and vocational programs, but prefers the recreational arena. He worked as a therapeutic wilderness instructor for 15 years and has been involved with the adaptive ski program at Jackson Hole Mountain Resort for the past 25 years as an instructor and program supervisor. He is one of the TAS founders. Kurt and his family have lived in Jackson, Wyoming for 30 years and he adamantly believes in the magic of the Tetons

Cherene pic Summer Program Director Cherene Vanian moved to Jackson Hole in 2006 after graduating from Colorado State University. She first became involved with Teton Adaptive Sports when she began teaching adaptive skiing for Jackson Hole Mountain Resort in 2009. Upon being exposed to the unique and rewarding world of adaptive sports, Cherene became interested in being a part of Teton Adaptive Sports year round. Her experience raft guiding, rock climbing and utilizing the Greater Teton area as an opportunity for adventure, allows her to share her knowledge of adventure sports with the adaptive community in Jackson Hole. She is thrilled to be part of an amazing project and looks forward to developing more fun and exciting opportunities for the adaptive community.

Contact

Teton Adaptive Sports
PO Box 2894
Jackson, WY 83001
307 699 3554
kurt@tetonadaptivesports.com

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Summer Adventure Days 2017

The sun is out and summer is right around the corner. Save the dates for these adaptive activities starting in late May! We can’t wait to see all our summer athletes.

• Sunday, May 21 ULTIMATE TOWNER (TAS is this year’s beneficiary!)
• Sunday, June 11 SUMMER KICK OFF AND BIKE RALLY
• Tuesday, June 20 HIKE TO CRATER LAKE
• Sunday, June 25 PADDLE DAYS
• Tuesday, July 4 4TH OF JULY PARADE
• Sunday, July 16 FISHING, LOCATION TBD
• Sunday, July 30 FOOD TOUR WITH SLOW FOOD IN THE TETONS
• Tuesday, August 8 JACKSON HOLE MOUNTAIN RESORT FUN DAY
• Sunday, August 13 FLOAT THE SNAKE RIVER WITH JACKSON HOLE VINTAGE ADVENTURES
• Sunday, August 27 PADDLE DAYS
• Friday-Monday, September 1-4 WYDAHO MOUNTAIN BIKE FESTIVAL
• Saturday, September 9 OLD BILL’S FUN RUN
• Friday–Sunday, September 15-17 ADAPTIVE BACKCOUNTRY PADDLE PROJECT

Summer Kick Off and Bike Rally: Dust off the bike and get summer started off right! Meet at the TAS office in Teton Village where we will be grilling lunch. Practice your skills by biking through an obstacle course. Save some energy for a group ride along the paths that lead out from the office. Spectacular views and community fun are in store for you! 12:00pm-4:00pm

Hike to Crater Lake: Enjoy the wildflowers and views while we hike to Crater Lake. Both paved and unpaved trails gives opportunity for everyone to enjoy this outing. We will meet at the end of Old Pass Road to start this adventure at 10:00 am. Snacks at the lake provided.

Paddle Days: A summer favorite! Come on out to String Lake and try out a variety of boats, kayaks and stand up paddle boards provided by Rendezvous River Sports. Meet at the canoe aunch at String Lake in Grand Teton National Park 12:00pm-4:00pm. Light lunch provided.

Food Tour with Slow Food in the Tetons: TAS will partner with Slow Food in the Tetons and Friends of Pathways for this dynamic event. Participants will ride their bike or one of our adaptive bikes from R Park to Teton Village while stopping along the way to sample some of the valleys best locally sourced food. Meet at R Park at 12:30 to get ready for the ride at 1:00pm. Registration required.

Teton Village Fun Day: Enjoy all of the fun opportunities that Jackson Hole Mountain Resort has to offer this summer. Ride the tram, jump on the bungee trampoline, climb the climbing wall and take in the majestic views of Jackson. We will meet at the base of the tram at 11:00 am.

Float the Snake River: Cool off on a hot summer day with a boat ride from Wilson to South Park. We will stop for lunch on the banks of the mighty Snake where Wooden Boat Tours will share their spectacular lunch spot and grill up something delicious. Limited space available so RSVP early to reserve your place. Meet at the Wilson Bridge at 10:00 am.

Adaptive Backcountry Paddle Project: TAS will partner with Oars to provide a two night, three day Jackson Lake kayak adventure. Aimed at empowering the adaptive youth of Jackson Hole, this event is open to youth ages 10-19 and their family, friends and caregivers. Limited space available for this unique opportunity. Please inquire early. Registration deadline is June 30th.

Please RSVP for each activity. For questions contact Cherene Vanian at summerprograms@tetonadaptivesports.com or 307-413-9440.

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