About TAS/Contact Us

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 and support 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 20 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 Manager 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
info@tetonadaptivesports.com

Recent Posts

Paddling Day at String Lake!

Despite the clearing smoke from distant forest fires, Teton Adaptive Sports Paddling Day at String Lake was one of the best events of the summer!

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We had an excellent turn out of adaptive athletes, wonderful support from out volunteers, and stellar instruction and gear from Rendezvous River Sports! From the 6 person SUP, to hand made wooden kayaks, peddle boats to tandem and single person kayaks, there really was something for everyone.

emily helping josh w kayakjosh bogle kayaking

Some people tried every kind of boat possible, while others found one that worked well for them and stuck with it. Her Josh gets geared up for a sit on top kayak. William finds that a SUP is a handy tool for taking a nap on the water. With warm summer days fleeting, it was the perfect opportunity to either get after it, or take it easy.

paddle board chilling in parkboats on string lake

Of course it wouldn’t be a paddle day with out the party boat! Mycah and Tim hold down the party boat and invite others to join the fun!

micha tim and bryan in party boatparty boatraft on string lake

The hot conversation of the day was the hand made wooden boats that Rich, Ian and Isabelle brought. Ian shows his excitement while riding in the beautiful craft.

rich and ian in wooden tandem

Many thanks to everyone who came out!

 

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