Disabled Sports USA Announces 2011 National Skitour Series for Athletes With Disabilities

Disabled Sports USA (DSUSA) announced the schedule for its national SkiTour winter snow sports series. From January through April 2011 the DSUSA SkiTour will include more than 80 events hosted by 40 DSUSA chapters and affiliates in 18 states. Events include beginner to elite ski races, race training, learn-to-ski or snowboard, Nordic ski programs and adaptive instructor training. Severely injured military and veterans across the country are provided opportunities to participate, free of cost.

U.S. Paralympics has joined as a national partner of the SkiTour, to help expand and strengthen the national infrastructure of adaptive skiing programs and the pipeline of alpine skiing athletes for the 2014 and 2018 U.S. Paralympic Teams.

“By working together, U.S. Paralympics and DSUSA can provide greater winter sports opportunities for youth and service members with physical disabilities,” Charlie Huebner, chief of Paralympics, United States Olympic Committee, stated in a press release. “SkiTour will have a profound impact on building local programs, and also future generations of Paralympians.”

“The 2010 DSUSA Ski Tour provides skiing, snowboarding and Nordic rehabilitation opportunities that teach people with disabilities that they can lead full and active lives with their physical challenges,” Kirk Bauer, executive director of DSUSA and a disabled Vietnam veteran, stated.

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