The Adaptive Sports Association’s (ASA) Military Scholarship Program is designed to assist Service members severely injured in Iraq, Afghanistan, or other recent conflicts. The Military adaptive sports program helps service members develop the physical skills and the confidence needed to enjoy sports and bring back a “quality of life.” The goal is to create a foundation to facilitate a positive, sustainable, long-term impact on the life and rehabilitation of our participants.
Unexpected, life altering trauma can severely impact the lives individuals through emotional, psychological, physical and social challenges. Our thirty plus years of experience has proven that sports and recreation can dramatically affect self-confidence, outlook on life and the ability to lead a rich, full, independent and productive life. ASA founder, Dave Spencer, once described this as the difference between “living life and just surviving a disability.”
The scholarship free of charge to qualified recipients and includes: travel to and from Durango, CO, most ground transportation, lodging at a motel or host home, most meals, specialized adaptive equipment, clothing, instruction and other program related costs. Evening activities include a potluck and farewell dinner at a local restaurant. The average scholarship stay is six days and includes four days of ski/snowboard instruction. All logistics and reservations are coordinated by ASA. Spouses and/or assistants may be eligible for full or partial funding.
The scholarship program is in collaboration with military medical facilities, rehab hospitals, disability advocacy groups, Disabled Sports USA and the Veteran Affairs Adaptive Sports Program. Funding is provided by individual donors, the Torrey Pines Kiwanis Club, the Veteran Affairs Adaptive Sports Program and local service organizations.
Individuals interested in applying for this scholarship should complete the military scholarship application below and submit it to ASA for selection.
What scholarships participants are saying:
“I really don’t know what could have improved my experience. It was outstanding in every way. I am generally quite forthcoming with constructive criticism, but I think you’re dong an amazing job. From my perspective it was perfection. Thank you so much! I had a truly outstanding time during my week in Durango. I really cannot tell you how thrilled I was to be selected. I’ll be back to Durango for sure!”
– 2008 Participant
“THANK YOU! Thanks to everyone who made my trip to Durango happen! I had the most amazing time. It was such a week of growth and accomplishment for me. I never thought I could succeed at skiing and when I left I knew I had done just that! Everyone at Adaptive Sports was so warm and encouraging and friendly. They made me feel so welcome, and part of an amazing family. All of you who volunteer give people like me an amazing gift-and I will always be grateful. Thanks to those who worked so hard to get me there and to everyone who made my week such a success!! I appreciate it more than you know!”
– 2008 Participant
Ann Marie Meighan, ASA Executive Director: “Our big goal is for you to go home and say, ‘wow, I’m in a wheelchair and I never thought I could ski down a mountain,” said Ann Marie Meighan, “What else in my life can I do?”
2015 Participant: “It is better than any physical therapy in a hospital… Sometimes now, you don’t think you will have this happiness back again, but being here makes me believe that I can have this… I’m up here and I’m living. I’m living. I’m not just being just alive; I am alive.”