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On The Slopes With Adaptive Skiers

More than 20 disabled skiers participated in Leaps of Faith (LOF) Adaptive Skiers’ Snow Ski Clinic at Mount Southington in Plantsville on February 25 for a full day of snow ski and snowboarding instruction.

“We had a great turnout,” said Joel Zeisler, president of LOF Adaptive Skiers. Ages ranged from 6 to 65 and disabilities included leg amputations, stroke, spinal cord injuries, blind and visual impairments, and others, he said. The majority of skiers were first timers, “and a few were apprehensive about going down the mountain. But everyone ended up skiing downhill multiple times, surprising themselves and making us incredibly proud.

“Our athletes may have come to learn to ski that day but what they took home was a lasting confidence that they can ‘soar beyond the boundaries’ and achieve their goals,” said Mr Zeisler. The day was made possible through the generosity of the ski area, and volunteer staff and instructors.

Many participant are “fortunate and thankful” for the opportunity to overcome personal challenges through the help of volunteers with the adaptive skiing organization, according to a recent press release.

LOF’s final adaptive ski clinic for the season took place on March 11, also at Mount Southington. All adaptive equipment is provided for the clinics, and no experience is necessary to participate. Clinics are free of charge and are open to children, adults, and veterans with disabilities.

Founded in 1991, LOF Adaptive Skiers is a nonprofit, volunteer staffed organization improving the lives of individuals with disabilities through adaptive sports, specializing in adaptive water skiing and snow skiing. For more information, contact Joel Zeisler at 203-426-0666 or joel@leapsoffaithwaterskiers.com, or visit leapsoffaithwaterskiers.com.

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