These programs and services also help people develop the social and life skills they need to interact or reorient themselves with family, peers, and their community.
Sun Valley Adaptive Sports
Beginning its seventh year of opening new worlds to people with disabilities. Located in the heart of Idaho, Sun Valley provides a magical setting of majestic mountains, mighty rivers, and crisp, clean air. Program participants enjoy abundant sunshine as they swoosh down ski slopes on Bald Mountain, bounce through rapids on the Salmon River, or hike through beds of wildflowers on remote trails in the Sawtooth National Forest.
SVAS means fun! We want people with disabilities to experience the thrills of alpine skiing, snowboarding, Nordic skiing, whitewater rafting, kayaking, and rock climbing. We want people to enjoy the excitement of hiking, biking, running, martial arts, and skeet shooting. And we want people to discover the serenity of fly-fishing, yoga, theater, swimming, and hot springs.
SVAS has something for everyone. We offer programs for children, teens, adults, and veterans. We offer programs that cover a wide-range of disabilities-physical, emotional, developmental, and learning. Most programs are free or greatly subsidized. All of our programs offer more than athletic skills and recreational experience. They build self-esteem and self-confidence, and they inspire people to pursue their goals and aspirations. They also improve social skills, which helps people of all ages connect with peers and their local community.
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SVAS programs are widely recognized as adaptive programs of superior quality and performance. Our board and staff are committed to nonprofit excellence and disabled best practices. We operate a fiscally responsible, operationally sound 501c3 nonprofit. We are a chapter of Disabled Sports USA. We use state-of-the art adaptive sports equipment. Our program coordinators, instructors, and staff recreational therapist are professionally trained and qualified. Some of our coaches and volunteers are world-class athletes. Safety is our top priority.
Jill Corney/ mother of 10-year-old/ Lane Corney
Lori Hansen/ mother of 11-year-old/ Kianna
Jason Fry, Program Director, YMCA
Erik Shultz/ paraplegic
Corporal Matthew Houston/ Army