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Give Back Tahoe: Achieve Tahoe completes successful name change

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Achieve Tahoe helps people with disabilities be able to enjoy outdoor sports.

TAHOE-TRUCKEE, Calif. — With a brand new name and a robust El Niño winter upon us, Achieve Tahoe kicked off the 2016 season with a bang!

Formerly Disabled Sports USA Far West, the organization provides specialized sports instruction for children and adults with physical, sensory and intellectual challenges.

Their winter program consists of ski and snowboard lessons, available daily at Alpine Meadows and Squaw Valley and upon request at Northstar.

Based at Alpine Meadows, the well-trained, big-hearted staff and volunteers of Achieve Tahoe total over 150. They share their passion for sports and their love of Lake Tahoe with those who would otherwise be unable to participate in the types of outdoor recreation that many of us take for granted. Achieve Tahoe's motto says it all: "If I Can Do This, I Can Do Anything!"sm

"We empower people to build self-esteem and achieve independence through sports," said Haakon Lang-Ree, Executive Director. "We love to see students overcome challenges and be able to enjoy sports with their families often for the first time ever or after a long hiatus."

Achieve Tahoe serves over 500 people annually and also holds winter and summer sports camps for military service members wounded in the wars is Iraq and Afghanistan.

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The next military sports camp takes place February 22-27. The inspiring week culminates in the Ability Bash fundraiser on the evening of Saturday, February 27th. The public is invited and encouraged to attend.

Once the snow melts, Achieve Tahoe turns its attention to summer sports and capitalizes on the bounty of Lake Tahoe for waterskiing, kayaking, paddle-boarding and 4WD adventures. All activities are designed to include and foster connection with family and friends.

Achieve Tahoe invites anyone with physical, sensory or intellectual challenges to participate and everyone who is inspired to support the organization. Please visit http://www.achievetahoe.org.

EDITOR’S NOTE

Each week in 2016, the Sierra Sun — in partnership with the Tahoe Truckee Community Foundation — will publish short articles about Tahoe-Truckee nonprofits as part of our Give Back Tahoe campaign.

The articles are submitted to the Sun by the nonprofits themselves in an effort to draw more awareness to them and their cause, and to provide insight into the work each does to benefit the community.

Visit givebacktahoe.org to learn more about the Give Back Tahoe campaign.