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Disabled Sports Eastern Sierra

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I got involved with Disabled Sports Eastern Sierra (DSES) last year for the first time, after living in Mammoth for 19 years. The only regret I have, is that I waited so long to get involved. Disabled Sports Eastern Sierra is a volunteer based nonprofit organization, dedicated to changing the lives of children and adults with disabilities. DSES offers year round sports and activities, which create inspiring challenges which are made possible by providing expert instruction and the necessary adaptive equipment.

DSES operates year round and includes activities such as gliding down snow covered mountains in winter, cycling or skimming over a placid lake in summer, and even fishing for trout in our lakes.

Activities are customized to each individual and can be held one on one or in a group setting. The goal is for everyone to be able to be active year round.dsesThe program is supported by Mammoth Mountain without whose generosity the program would not be as successful as it is. The Ski Area provides valuable office space on the mountain, discounted meals for volunteers, lift tickets for volunteers and on hill equipment for the guests of DSES (just to name a few). In addition to the support supplied by Mammoth Mountain, DSES operates a thrift store as well as other fund raising events during the year including: the Spring Fling, the Sierra Cycle Challenge in July, and the Island Extravaganza in December.

Each winter the volunteers go through two weeks of training before going out with students. Volunteer instructors are familiar with downhill skiing, snowboarding and cross country skiing. Each instructor has gone through extensive background checks and all love the good they feel after a hard day on the mountain. If this looks like something that you would like to be involved in I encourage you to contact DSES to volunteer your time or to support the program in other ways.

In the future, the DSES has plans to open the National Wounded Warrior Center. It will be a fully accessible, state of the art, environmentally friendly facility here in Mammoth, adjacent to the Cerro Coso Community college.

Through education, rehabilitation, health and wellness, the National Wounded Warrior Center will empower wounded and disabled men and women to lead fulfilling, rewarding and active lives. DSES believes that the freedom and exhilaration of outdoor challenges changes lives.

For more information about volunteering, donating, or participating in DSES programs go to http://disabledsportseasternsierra.org

No one should be left behind simply because of a disability.

Written by Mike Shuttleworth / msshuttleworth@aol.com / 760-920-2227

Disabled Sports Eastern Sierra qualifies as an exempt organization under section 501 (C) (3) of the Internal Revenue Code. Tax ID # 31 1732524

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