Volunteer Corner: Tracy Rudnicki | SierraSun.com

Volunteer Corner: Tracy Rudnicki

Amy Edgett/Sierra SunTracy Rudnicki

How did you get involved with Disabled Sports?Originally, I did a similar program in upstate New York. I heard about the one here when I moved up here five years ago.What skills do you bring to the program?Enthusiasm, skiing. I volunteer with the teacher, help lifting, help with student needs, get bamboo, gloves, play the blocker if there is another skier bombing down the hill, having fun, and having a good attitude. What do you enjoy about the duties?I like being a volunteer. Ive done this a long time. I enjoy being the assistant to the instructor.What do you enjoy the most?So many things seeing how happy the students are, doing things they maybe thought they couldnt. Seeing the students smile keeps me coming back. I might feel tired, sore, and it adjust my attitude. If those guys can do it, so can I. It makes you appreciate what you have.Are there lessons to be learned?Seeing the interaction and support from the families is really amazing. Even the instructors are volunteers. They put in a lot of time.Are there many volunteer positions?Everything we do is done through volunteers. From teaching, to equipment tech, the cafeteria, whose profits are donated to the program. We have a big fundraiser March 29, a benefit bash with live music, food drink, raffles. Its one heck of a good party. We always appreciate donations. We are subsidized by donations, our operating costs are more than the cost of the lessons. Contact Disabled Sports at 581-4161, or visit http://www.dsusa.org.The Sierra Suns Amy Edgett interviewed Tracy Rudnicki for this weeks Volunteer Corner. Please send your suggestions to aedgett@sierrasun.com, subject Volunteer Corner. For volunteer opportunities in the North Tahoe Truckee area, visit http://www.handsontahoe.com

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