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Disabled Sports USA-Far West to begin lessons this Friday

Staff report

TAHOE CITY, Calif. — Disabled Sports USA-Far West recently announced it plans to open for the season on Friday, Dec. 19.

The organization, which provides ski and snowboard lessons to people with physical, sensory and intellectual disabilities, also announced the date of its Annual Ability Celebration honoring disabled veterans.

“We are excited about the upcoming season especially with the early snowfall we are receiving,” said Haakon Lang-Ree, executive director of Disabled Sports USA-Far West. “Our experienced staff and volunteers are ready to serve both children and adults with customized snow sports instruction specifically designed for each individual student.”

Lessons with Disabled Sports will be available daily from Dec. 19 through mid-April at Alpine Meadows | Squaw Valley and Northstar California resorts.

The ninth annual “Ability Celebration” for wounded military service men and women the will take place the last week of February 2015, according to the organization.

Twenty disabled veterans and family members will participate in an adaptive snow sports camp designed to address their unique needs, free of charge, thanks to support from the H.N. and Frances C. Berger Foundation, Wells Fargo, Evolution Trainers and many loyal North Lake Tahoe businesses and individual donors.

The public is invited to attend the “Ability Bash,” an inspiring fundraising banquet, on Saturday, Feb. 28, serving as the culmination of the camp.

Additionally, Disabled Sports recently announced its upcoming “Ability Challenge” — an on-hill peer-to-peer fundraising campaign — will take place Saturday, March 28.

The public is welcome to participate. Visit AbilityChallenge.Net for information, to sign up or to make a donation.

For more information on Disabled Sports USA, call 530-581-4161 or visit disabledsports.net.