Champlain Valley Law - December 2019

December 2019

99 Maple Street | Middlebury | VT | 05753 • 57 Court Street | Plattsburgh | NY | 12901 802-465-4012 • 518-594-6046 Champlain Val ley Law R. Drew Palcsik Attorney at Law PLLC

Making Outdoor Activities Accessible for Everyone One Organization That Makes a Huge Difference

The summer sports program includes cycling, mountain biking, hiking, canoeing, kayaking, stand-up paddleboarding, sailing, indoor rock climbing, CORE Connections wellness retreats, Eco-Able environmental adventures, group outings, and more. During CORE Connections retreats, participants can connect their physical health with lifestyle changes through four fundamental principles: communicate, overcome, relate, empower. The program emphasizes whole- body health and includes lifestyle analysis, goal setting, nutrition coaching, and an assortment of other fun activities. During the summer season, we host the Vermont Adaptive Charity Ride in order to raise more than $300,000 for our adaptive sports programs, athlete scholarships, and expensive adaptive sports equipment. Hundreds of cyclists participate every year to help raise money for the organization. Vermont Adaptive has multiple locations across Vermont, including at Sugarbush Resort in Waitsfield, Bolton Valley Resort in Bolton, and Pico Mountain/Killington Resort in Killington. Our resort partners are some of our biggest supporters and we couldn’t do what we do without them. Just as our locations vary, so do our participants. From young kids to adults, we strive to make the outdoors accessible for everyone. We provide programs for people with physical, cognitive, emotional/ behavioral, or developmental disabilities. We’re so fortunate to have around 400 highly trained volunteer-instructors who share our passion for the outdoors. Our volunteers come from all walks of life and include

This month, we’d like to feature an organization that does amazing work to serve our community and beyond. Being unable to participate in activities you love can be very frustrating, but it doesn’t have to be. At Vermont Adaptive Ski and Sports, we work to provide opportunities for people with disabilities to enjoy outdoor sports and recreation here in the Green Mountains of Vermont. Vermont Adaptive was founded in 1987 as the Vermont Handicap Ski Association, providing skiing equipment to those with disabilities. We understand the power that sports and recreational activities have on a person’s health and well-being. So, as we grew, we began offering year-round programs in many outdoor sports, including Alpine skiing, snowboarding, Nordic skiing, snowshoeing, indoor rock climbing, and ice climbing. We have packed winters, but we also offer plenty of opportunities for summer sports enthusiasts as well. “We understand the power sports and recreational activities have on a person’s health and well-being.”

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students, retirees, and doctors. Most are from Vermont, but many travel from across the East Coast to share their love. New and returning volunteers train in November, December, and June on equipment use and teaching techniques. To participate or become a volunteer, or to simply make a donation to help support the adventures of others, visit

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