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Local ski club hosts wounded warriors

Pat Gibbons-Johnson
President, Tahoe Donner Senior Alpine Ski Club

Disabled Sports USAand#8212;Far West and the Tahoe Donner Senior Alpine Ski Club worked together to provide a successful multi-day event of adaptive snow sports for five and#8220;Wounded Warriorsand#8221; injured in Iraq or Afghanistan. The warriors and their guests received instruction from the Disabled Sports School located at the Alpine Meadows Ski Resort. The ski club in Tahoe Donner hosted the warriors and their guests in members’ homes. The club members, many of whom are veterans themselves, were honored to have the visitors.

The two groups additionally planned evening events and a and#8220;Mountain Challengeand#8221; fun race, to allow more club members to meet the young veterans and their guests.

John Stewart, Carolyn Bonzen, and Jim Ritchie of Truckee and Haakon Lang Ree and Cindy Smith of Disabled Sports headed the weekend events.

The warriors were appreciative of the opportunities to enjoy the local hospitality and learn some new skills. A couple of quotes sum up their feelings: and#8220;I loved the snow, but the highlight of my weekend was being served dinner by a two-star general.and#8221; And, and#8220;You are all living the American Dream. I am glad we fought for you.and#8221;

Thanks to the many people who made this possible.