Achieve Tahoe hosts summer camp for 25 disabled military vets

Special to the Sun
A disabled veteran navigates the Squaw Valley Adventure Center Ropes Course during the summer camp.
Courtesy Achieve Tahoe |

ALPINE MEADOWS, Calif. — Achieve Tahoe held its 11th annual military summer sports camp the week of June 20 at North Lake Tahoe. The event took place over four days at various locations around the lake.

Twenty-five wounded veterans and their guests attended the camp free of charge because of generous support from the H.N. and Frances C. Berger Foundation, Warfighter Sports, many local businesses and a large group of dedicated volunteers.

After completing a series of team-building exercises to build trust and camaraderie, the group engaged in several high challenge sports, including a ropes course, water skiing, paddleboarding, kayaking and hiking.

Each participant received private lessons specifically designed to support their physical therapy, boost their emotional wellbeing, build their confidence and ultimately help with their re-integration into their community.

Additionally, the group enjoyed the beauty and inspiration of Lake Tahoe while resting on the beach and taking a relaxing sail on the iconic Sierra Cloud catamaran.

Achieve Tahoe works closely with several programs supporting veterans, including the Veteran’s Affairs Health Care System, which sent several participants.

Wounded military service men and woman representing the Army, Navy, Air Force and Marines came from all over the western states to attend the camp.

Many attendees brought guests including spouses, siblings, caregivers and friends to join them in the activities as well as provide support and encouragement.

“We were so thrilled to welcome these amazing men and women to North Lake Tahoe and share our passion for sports with them,” said Haakon Lang-Ree, Achieve Tahoe’s Executive Director, “Our staff and volunteers look forward to this week all year!”

Many local businesses generously provided goods and services to support the camp, including: Action Water Sports, A Pizza Bella, Franciscan Lakeside Lodge, Global Café, Lanza’s, Resort at Squaw Creek, Squaw Valley Adventure Center Ropes Course and Waterman’s Landing

This article was provided by Achieve Tahoe, a nonprofit based at Alpine Meadows providing specialized sports instruction to people with physical, intellectual and sensory challenges. Visit to learn more.

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