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Ignite Adaptive Sports at Eldora Mountain Resort
Providing safe, fun and affordable snowsports opportunities to people with disabilities since 1975.
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Watch our students and volunteers changing lives, one ski day at a time, in our latest video celebrating our 40th anniversary.
Ignite Adaptive Sports - Changing Lives
Ignite Adaptive Sports - Changing Lives
From the
Board of Directors

By Paula Galloway, Secretary

We had a very productive board retreat in June facilitated by Rudy Miick, a business consultant experienced with transformational change. The focus of the meeting this year was to clarify the roles and responsibilities of board and staff members. Out of this came the clear need to create a training package for new board members. Also we recognized the need for a greater emphasis on fundraising at the board member level. To help us achieve that goal, Bob Dickeson, past president of University of Northern Colorado, led us in a workshop on fundraising. Thanks to both Rudy and Bob for donating their services. There have been some changes to the board membership over the summer. Farewell to Cole Jacobs with many thanks for her years of service and welcome to Mary Chokran. Please read about Mary (and all of the board members) here.
New Volunteer Orientation 
We expect the 2015 season to be a big one at Ignite, and we need all the instructors we can get. Please help us spread the word to anyone who might be interested in becoming a volunteer. Prospective candidates can attend one of our orientation meetings:
October 25, 10 am
October 29, 7 pm
Jewish Community Center, 3800 Kalmia, Boulder
Directions No need to RSVP.
Shop Online and Donate to Ignite
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Breaking Down Stereotypes One Laugh at a Time
Denver comedian, and winner of the fourth season of Last Comic Standing, Josh Blue, is living with cerebral palsy. Much of his material is centered around his disability and aimed at changing the stereotypes associated with it. In addition to his ability to make others laugh, Blue is also a member of the US Paralympic Soccer Team. Check out his act. He's pretty darn funny!
Josh Blue- Ron White's Salute to the Troops 2014
Josh Blue- Ron White's Salute to the Troops 2014
In Case You've Forgotten Over the Summer Just How Much Fun We Have on the Hill
(not that we really thought you had)
Snowshoe Fun
Student Preparing for Lesson
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Ignite Leadership

Board of Directors 

President
David Levin

Vice President

Jason Pavlovic

Secretary
Paula Galloway

Mary Chokran
Kathy Coyne
Art Heimbach
Jason Kawaguchi
Phil Nugent
Michael Travis
Staff

Executive Director
Snowsports Director
John Humbrecht

Finance Director
Becci Seuberling

Veterans Director
David Schadle

Equipment Manager
Stacey Lunn

Lead Administrator
Jennifer Donnelly
Robert Loomas

Schedulers
Jacque Carbone

Marketing Director
Becky Pahl
September 2014 Newsletter

A message from the Board President

 

Dear Ignite Family (Volunteers, Staff, Students and Donors)

 

The weather says it's still summer but winter is not far away and it's time to start thinking about the 2014-15 Ignite Adaptive Sports' 40th year at Eldora. Finn, our Executive Director, and I are excited about our plans for the upcoming season. We have already signed up several vets groups and the Colorado Center for the Blind (CCB) after a season without them. With a little luck and lots of hard work recruiting, training and fundraising, we hope to be back up to capacity and have a record year for Ignite at Eldora Mountain Resort.

 

Last spring Finn and I met with Bill Killebrew, the owner/manager of Eldora Mountain Resort, and we are happy to say he is welcoming us back and giving full support to our program. Of course we still have a lot more fundraising to do which will help us advance our program, and the Ignite Board of Directors is working hard to bring in new grants, donations and other forms of support for the program. Anyone interested in working with the board on development efforts should contact me or any board member.

 

I want to thank our volunteers for all they do for Ignite. You are the heart and soul of our program, and your commitment is what makes us successful. I wish everyone a great fall and hope you had a great summer of adventures and activities. Now it's time to get to the gym and work on those ski legs! I hope to see many of you at the fall meetings and at the Boulder Farmers' Market where we'll be recruiting and spreading the word for Ignite.

 

See you all soon.

 

Best regards,

 

David

Recruitment Efforts are Underway
Our Booth at Boulder County Farmers' Market

Ignite has been out and about the last several weeks, recruiting new volunteer instructors at the Boulder County Farmers' Market and the University of Colorado's Volunteer Fair. From the looks of things, we're going to have some great new recruits this season. 

Thanks to those volunteers who have been manning our booth at these events and spreading the good word about Ignite. 

We still have a few more spots to fill. Available dates and times include: 

Sat, Oct 4 - 2 spots - 7:30 am -11:00 am
Sat, Oct 4 - 1 spot - 11:00 am - 2:30 pm
Sat, Oct 11 - 2 spots - 7:30 am - 11:00 am

If you are interested in helping out, sign up through the staff website, just as you would for a clinic. Come join the fun, and help us to make Ignite's 40th year the best one yet!
Lesson Dates Set for 2015 Season
Lesson dates have been set for next season: January 1 - March 29, Thursday - Sunday. That's right, Thursdays are back for the 2015 season! Students can sign up for lessons on the website starting October 15.
Ignite Your Spirit
Sandy Lewarton Memorial Fund


Ignite's good friend, Sandy Lewarton, passed away in June after her battle with cancer. Sandy dedicated countless hours of her time to helping those with disabilities experience the joy of snowsports by serving as a volunteer ski instructor with Ignite since 2009. She encouraged people, changed lives for the better and made many friends along the way. We will miss her dearly!


Sandy's favorite lessons were bi- and mono-ski. It was her wish that any donations in her memory go toward purchasing a new sit-ski for Ignite. The ski will honor Sandy with a plaque that will also include the names of all who donated in her memory. Please consider donating to the Sandy Lewarton Memorial Fund today. Help us to keep the memory, passion and spirit of this bright light in the Ignite family alive.

 


EVENT THIS WEEKEND:
Ignite Disabled Vets Wind Therapy
Poker Run - Saturday, September 27
Join us with your motorcycle (or car!) for the 'Ignite Disabled Vets Wind Therapy Poker Run' this Saturday, September 27. This fun new event, riding from Denver to Golden, will benefit our veterans program. We'll start the ride at 10 am at City Park in Denver. We'll make four poker stops along the way, then head for live music and lunch at In the Zone in Golden. The cost is $15 per bike, $5 per additional rider, and includes lunch, live music, poker hand and prizes. All  proceeds go to the Ignite Disabled Vets Scholarship Fund, enabling veterans to ski for free with Ignite. Register today! A big thanks to Caron Newman for organizing this event.
The primary goal of the Veterans Program is to promote a healthy and active lifestyle and a positive outlook on life for wounded or disabled service men and women.
Meet a Student, a Volunteer and a New Board Member

STUDENT
Ed Wright 
6th season with Ignite

If you could have a superpower, what would it be?
I don't think I want a superpower. But thanks for offering.

If you could have any animal or creature as a pet, what would you pick?  
I'd like to have a pet dinosaur. Do you have one for me?

What is your favorite summer activity?
In summer, I do some sailing thanks to a Craig Hospital program that allows 'alumni.' Also gardening and writing.

Where did you go on your last trip or vacation?
Last vacation was early April at the V.A.'s Winter Sports Clinic at Snowmass. There was great skiing...8" to 10" of fresh untracked powder on the Big Burn. And I was skiing great...sprayed up so much snow my tether man was blinded. I've been skiing since 1955, sit-ski since 2009, and have never skied so well!

If you came across a jukebox, which song/musician would you play?
'They Tried to Tell Us We're Too Young.' Lenaire and I were married in 1951. In October we will be celebrating our 63rd anniversary...that is, if she sticks with me a few weeks longer.

What is something that you always carry with you?
I always carry my wheelchair with me, rather it carries me. I'm paraplegic.

Would you rather play a game, read a book or watch a movie?
I'd rather read a book. Or write on my current novel. I e-published my first novel, Preposterous, in 2012; second Don't We Wish!, last year. The current effort is about 20 percent finished.

What is your favorite part of the day when you come up to Eldora?
Usually on my third or fourth run, when I'm all warmed up and before I get tired. Great bunch of teachers helping me of course.

VOLUNTEER
Barbara McCarthy 
3rd season with Ignite teaching alpine skiing 

Why do you volunteer?
I enjoy sharing something that puts a smile on my face with others.

If you could be a superhero, who would you be?
Do I dare say Wonder Woman?!

In high school you would most likely find me:
Engaged in some activity.

Where is your favorite place to be while at Eldora?
Skiing down a trail with a student.

Describe yourself in one word.
caringgoofyagoodfriend

If your life story was made into a movie, what would the title be and which actor would play you?
Still Figuring It All Out (a comedy, I hope)
Tina Fey

How do you spend your weekends during the off-season?
Hiking, biking, hanging out with friends, seeing live music, short getaways, paddle boarding

Describe your favorite moment or experience while
volunteering with Ignite.
Receiving a hug from a young student as she skied all by herself towards me.

BOARD MEMBER
Jason Kawaguchi
9th season with Ignite teaching alpine skiing, 1st year Board member

Why do you volunteer?
I love to ski. I love teaching others to ski. I like problem solving and working with challenges. I have come to think of the people of Ignite as family.

If you could be a superhero, who would you be?
Underdog

In high school you would most likely find me:
Somewhere near campus very focused on extracurricular activities.

Where is your favorite place to be while at Eldora?
Near the tall trees in the deep snow.

Describe yourself in one word.
Passionate.

If your life story was made into a movie, what would the title be and which actor would play you?
Hunting Serendipity
Jack Black

How do you spend your weekends during the off-season?
Hiking and dreaming of snow.

Describe your favorite moment or experience while 
volunteering with Ignite.
I always enjoy the moment when you can see your student abandon thoughts of what they cannot do in exchange for dreams of what they might be able to do.


Mission:
To provide integrated recreational opportunities for people with disabilities that will foster independence through the acquisition of lifetime skills.

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