The Adaptive Sports Association (ASA) was founded in 1983 by Dave Spencer, a young man who had lost a leg to cancer. Dave was a ski instructor and irrepressible visionary who believed that skiing could challenge and increase the self-esteem of all individuals with disabilities. Although Dave lost his battle with cancer in 1986, his dream of an organization dedicated to teaching people with disabilities to ski has continued to thrive and expand. He believed in the power of disability sports. The winter of 2007-2008 marked the inaugural year of the Dave Spencer Memorial Scholarship fund. This program is a branch of our New Dimensions Scholarship program and is directed at individuals who have a similar situation to our founder. Ideal candidates are people who have amputations, or limbs at risk related to cancer, are new to adaptive skiing or snowboarding, are able to travel to Durango, and will help “spread the word” about ASA’s programs within their communities and support organizations. Four or five full scholarships will be awarded this winter and will include the following: round trip transportation to and from Durango, CO, five nights lodging with a host family, accessible ground transportation in Durango, evening activities, four days of snow sports instruction (includes lift tickets, equipment, private instruction, loaner winter clothing), and most meals. For more information about this program, or our organization in general, please feel free to contact our office directly at 970-259-0374 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Personal attention is the hallmark of our program, and one of our staff members would love to chat with you directly regarding this opportunity.
- ASA will start accepting applications for the 2019-20 winter season in September 2019. Check back then to fill out our online application!