In celebration of the 2018 Winter Paralympic Games happening now, we’d like to highlight a local non-profit organization that empowers athletes of all abilities right here in Park City. The National Ability Center is one of our favorite organizations because they inspire athletes to do extraordinary things every day. Through more than a dozen adaptive recreational programs, they foster self-esteem, confidence, and lifelong skills in every participant who seeks to challenge themselves and their capabilities.
Time and again, we’ve witnessed the incredible impact the NAC has had on our community and around the world.
One of our very own former Stein Eriksen Lodge team members, Jeffery Denny, utilized their rehabilitation program when he suffered a ski injury that cost him his right leg from the knee down. Jeffery’s incredible attitude, paired with the NAC’s dedication to personalized recovery efforts, allowed him to return to the slopes and the sport he loves.
Jeffery described his experience, “I feel like for every horrible thing that’s happened, a hundred or more positive things have come out of it just because of the attitude I took… Life is good.”
Each year, it’s a great privilege to partake in the annual fundraising event, Red, White and Snow, in support of athletes like Jeffery who push themselves despite seemingly impossible odds. Stein Eriksen Lodge hosts several events, including Uncorked, an intimate wine tasting, and a Vintner Dinner, underwritten by our food and beverage department and specially prepared by our celebrated Chef Zane Holmquist.
This year, the NAC is excited to support eleven athletes set to compete in the Paralympic Games, including:
*designates sighted guides
Stein Eriksen once said, “If I’ve helped anyone to want to ski on the mountain, I’m delighted.”
The National Ability Center does that every day. Tune in to the PyeongChang Paralympic Games through March 18th, and be sure to look for the local Park City athletes who trained tirelessly with the NAC to be there representing our town and our country.
All photos courtesy of the National Ability Center.
The group shot features competitors and volunteers at the recent 29th Annual Huntsman Cup.
Snowboarder is Noah Elliot. Photographer is Jerome Kuntz.
Skier is Santiago Vega. Photographer is Dave Obzansky.