America’s wounded veterans are joining ranks with Wasatch Adaptive Sports to ski, snowboard, snowshoe and snowmobile in the Soldiers to the Summit event that will take place at Snowbird Ski Resort. Soldiers will have the opportunity to learn and experience winter sport activities. Some will be out in the snow for the first time, and others will be re-learning a sport they love while adapting to recently acquired disabilities.
“Snowbird is honored to host this event, and to support the soldiers who served our country,” said Dave Fields, Snowbird’s Vice President of Resort Operations.
One man, Marine William Beard of Vicksburg, Mississippi is one among the sixteen participants from World T.E.A.M. Sports who will attend the Summit at Snowbird event. He lost both index fingers and was severely injured in March of 2008 when his Humvee exploded after being hit by a rocket-propelled grenade. Ed “Koz” Kozlowski from Land O Lakes, Florida will be hitting the slopes following in impressive 24 years in the Air Force. He currently works with a defense contractor and is dealing with combat-related PTSD. Santa Ana native, Charles Register is a Navy man. Starting out in 1963, he served on multiple naval vessels during the war in Vietnam. Register suffers from issues stemming from exposure to Agent Orange, an herbicide and defoliant used by the U.S. military to kill plant life in Vietnam later discovered to be extremely toxic. He is now legally blind and has been through a kidney transplant and below the knees amputations.
These men will have the chance to enjoy the snow while spending some time creating positive relationships with other veterans with similar experiences.
Wasatch Adaptive Sports (WAS) offers special needs people therapeutic recreational activities all year long. It is open to anyone of any age looking to enhance their quality of life and build strength and self-esteem; no one will be turned away. There is no initial fee, and full and partial scholarships are offered.
This event is sponsored by Snowbird Ski and Summer Resort, Wasatch Adaptive Sports, and American Airlines.