Cross country equipment donated for disabled skiers
February 28, 2008
A new Truckee-based nonprofit organization donated two pairs of sit-down skis on Thursday to Tahoe Donner Cross Country to expand recreational opportunities for people with disabilities.
The parent organization of the local nonprofit ” Turning Point ” provided funds for the adaptive skis, worth $5,000 each. The skis were handcrafted by Tahoe Donner resident Michael Byxbe, who sells his designs to disabled outdoor-enthusiasts worldwide.
“There is a need to get this going in the Tahoe-area,” Byxbe said. “It’s kind of like, if you build it they will come.”
With the newly donated equipment, Byxbe said any disabled resident or visitor can use the skis, as well as participate in lessons and clinics at the cross country ski area.
Candace Cable, co-director of the local organization is a 14-time medalist for the Paralympics ” a name with means “parallel Olympics,” not paraplegic Olympics. She said having this equipment easily accessible is invaluable.
“To do skiing as a disabled person is very expensive,” Cable said. “I want people with disabilities to know there’s this great world out there that totally feeds your soul, and they can be a part of that.”
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Turning Point Tahoe is an outdoor adventure nonprofit aimed at providing free recreational opportunities ” including fishing, camping, hiking, hunting, and cross country skiing “-to people with any type of disability.
“The main focus of what’s going on here is the spirit of outdoor activities,” said Todd Wolfe, co-director of the organization. “On a local level, things are really starting to look up.”
Truckee Rotary selected Turning Point Tahoe to host the annual silent auction at this year’s Crab and Pasta Feed.
The nonprofit group will be auctioning off gift baskets, such as a skateboard clinic with a professional skater, bookstore gift certificates, and dinner at Truckee’s Dragonfly restaurant.
All proceeds will benefit Turning Point Tahoe, and will help to create more recreational opportunities in the area for people with disabilities, said Co-director Todd Wolfe.