Dave Spencer Classic 2017

Dave Spencer Classic raises money and spirits  Monday, March 6, 2017 7:34 PM The Lake Nighthorse Fish School won the award for highest fundraising team at the Dave Spencer Ski Classic, which took place at Purgatory Resort Feb. 24 to 26. Bringing in more than $20,000, team members were, from left, Corbin Miller, Brian Shafer, Miles Lillard, Dave Trautmann and…

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Tim Kroes retires after 25 years at the Adaptive Sports Association

Published in the Durango Herald on June 19, 2016 He has led the Durango Adaptive Sports Association through remodels, vehicle purchases and program expansions benefitting hundreds of participants, and now Tim Kroes is stepping down after 25 years with the organization. Durango Adaptive Sports Association’s staff and volunteers have a reputation for dressing in costumes, none more enthusiastically so than…

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Frolic and skiing for Adaptive Sports

Published in the Durango Herald in on March 22, 2016 What do the Abominable Snowmen, Bookworms, Fur Balls and the Gold King Swim Team have in common? Stumped? They were all team names for the 18th annual Dave Spencer Ski Classic, that one-of-a-kind fundraiser for the Durango Adaptive Sports Association on the last weekend in February. And what a fundraiser…

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Paralympian Alana Nichols makes history with first adaptive ski descent of Silverton Mountain

Published January 5, 2016 by John Livingston in the Durango Herald The San Juan Mountains took away Alana Nichols’ ability to walk, but it never diminished her love for the mountains she calls home. Nichols, 32, was in high school when a trip in the backcountry north of Hesperus changed her life. While attempting a back flip, the snowboarder from…

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Tuesday is Colorado Gives Day

Published December 6, 2015 by Ann Butler in the Durango Herald Supporters of several local nonprofits can leverage their donations by making their contribution on Colorado Gives Day, which is taking place for 24 hours starting at midnight Monday. About 15 local charities have been vetted by the Community First Foundation, which organizes the event founded in 2010. More than…

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Adaptive Sports stretches out

Published in the Durango Herald on August 17, 2015 In general, it’s considered a good sign when an organization outgrows its space, and that’s certainly the case for the Durango Adaptive Sports Association and its building at Purgatory Resort. “We actually outgrew it 20 years ago,” said Tim Kroes, executive director of ASA, which serves people with cognitive and physical disabilities….

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Arc of History artwork in Durango at Dave Spencer Ski Classic with Dave Trautmann

Arc of History on the ski slopes?

Published in the Durango Herald on April 10, 2015 If you saw a group of people giddily clinking glasses at the Ore House on Tuesday, you might want to find out what they were celebrating. They were the Top Fundraising Team and the Top Theme Team at the Dave Spencer Ski Classic at the end of February, and the award…

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Jennifer McCallson from University of Souther California adaptive skiing at Durango Mountain Resort

Disabling cheer accident doesn’t keep Jennifer McCallson on the sidelines

Published in the University of Southern California News April 8, 2015 The day Jennifer McCallson’s world turned upside down plays in her mind like a silent film. The auditorium is rocking with hundreds of high-schoolers on the edge of their seats, pumping up their role models and mentors – college-level cheerleaders in a fierce competition. The finishing number is a…

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Scholarship recipients of Ethel Allen Ski Scholarship from Madison Kiwanis West

Pushing the Limits of Possible

Published in River Alliance of Wisconsin March 23, 2015 As serious as conservation issues can be, our Wild & Scenic Film Festival also celebrates the beauty of our planet and the amazing ways in which we are able to enjoy its treasures. In our line up this year, one such film that both amazes and inspires is The Edge of…

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Noah Hotchkiss disables skier and receiver of Dreamstrater grant

Building from tragedy

Published in the Durango Herald March 19, 2015 A 16-year-old Durango teennager, confined to a wheelchair as the result of an automobile accident in 2009, received a $10,000 grant to develop a project to bring more Native Americans with disabilities into sports. Noah Blue Elk Hotchkiss is one of 10 young Native Americans to receive a grant from Running Strong…

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