Written by Kendra Wilson
I was thinking about what I OWE. Snowboarding again, and I realized that this concept is exactly why I do the volunteer work that I do. I volunteer for Discovery Blind Sports as a snowboard guide for blind snowboarders. I do this because I believe that everyone should have the opportunity to ride snow. I feel like riding snow is so important because of what snowboarding gave to me.
I never feel like the work I do for DBS is a burden, and I get really excited when I get the call that they need a guide for the weekend. I get to open people’s eyes to the excitement of the outdoors and give them a sense of adventure that they might have never been able to experience. The feeling after a day of a million crashes and, inevitably, numerous linked turns is…indescribable.
It’s interesting to point out that the majority of snowboard guides for DBS rarely step into bindings aside from when they are guiding. Even the Snowboard Coordinator for DBS, Pat Bonser, is a snowskater. (Perhaps snowskaters are superhuman and have evolved to have greater charitable tendencies than snowboarders? And not surprisingly, elevated radness levels in lab testing.)
So the point of THIS blog is to ask you, what have you done for snowboarding lately? Please share. If you are at a loss, but want to pay it forward, contact me for information about becoming a snowboard guide for DBS.
As a side note, when we (DBS guides that snowskate) get a call, it’s no wonder that we are going to recommend resorts that allow snowskaters over the other resorts. Just saying…