Vermont Adaptive Ski and Sports recently received more than $14,000 in donation from Phil Black, owner of The Lookout Tavern in Killington and organizer of the annual “Lookout for Each Other” Golf Tournament held last month at the Killington Golf Course. The donation represents the net money raised from the tournament, which included numerous business owners and community members coming out to play in support of Black’s cause, take a chance in a 50/50 raffle and bid on silent auction items.
“We believe sports and recreation provide a physical, mental and social experience that is immeasurable in promoting self-confidence and independence in an individual,” said Erin Fernandez, executive director. “We extend an enormous thanks to Phil for organizing the tournament but also to everyone in the community who comes out each year to support Phil and give back to the community they live in. This donation that will help us to underwrite some of the costs of our adaptive programs and allow more people with disabilities to participate.”
The cost of an outing with Vermont Adaptive for the consumer can range from a $15 for a two hour canoeing session to $90 for a full day ski lesson, including instructors, ticket and adaptive equipment. All of the school and advocacy groups that the organization works with are also subsidized by Vermont Adaptive; school groups are charged a reduced rate starting at 50% off, and participants receive the same one on one experience as any individual who participates.
The average true expense of a lesson or outing to the organization is approximately $120.00 per individual per outing per activity. Yet, it receives only $60,000 in program fees each year. This year Vermont Adaptive has set a goal of raising an additional $60,000 in underwriting support on an annual basis.
Each year Black chooses a different community organization to support, and after covering the expenses from the tournament, donates all of the remaining profits to the organization.
“It was a pleasure to have Vermont Adaptive be the recipient of this year’s tournament,” said Black. “It has been an eye opening experience in terms of what a broad scope of activities Vermont Adaptive represents. I was only aware of the ski programs and was amazed to learn how much more this organization provides to the physically challenged. I would love to take this opportunity to thank the sponsors of this tournament, business donations for silent auction and participants who are the heart of this special day for us. After eight years of running this event, we have raised over $100,000, and hope that the community will continue to support it in the future.”
Vermont Adaptive Ski and Sports is the only year-round disabled sports program in the state to offer programs seven days a week, which are committed to empowering individuals with disabilities. The organization promotes independence and further equality through access and instruction to sports and recreational opportunities including alpine skiing, snowboarding, and other winter sports; kayaking, canoeing, sailing, rock climbing, horseback riding, and more. More than 400 volunteers serve clients from all over the world in three locations in Vermont – Pico Mountain at Killington; Sugarbush Resort in Warren; and Bolton Valley Resort in Bolton. For more information, visit www.vermontadaptive.org.