Wounded warriors from America's military are joining Wasatch Adaptive Sports to ski, snowboard, snowshoe and snowmobile in the Soldiers to the Summit event tomorrow, February 29, 2012, at Snowbird Ski and Summer Resort.
”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.
Sixteen wounded warriors from World T.E.A.M. Sports will gather at Snowbird for the Soldiers to the Summit at Snowbird event. Participants include veterans like Marine William Beard of Vicksburg, Miss., who was severely injured in March 2008 when his Humvee was hit by a rocket-propelled grenade. The resulting explosion resulted in numerous injuries, including the loss of both index fingers. Ed “Koz” Kozlowski from Land O Lakes, Fla. toured the world during his 24 years in the Air Force. Currently working with a defense contractor, Kozlowski suffers from combat-related PTSD. Charles Register of Santa Ana, Calif., joined the Navy in 1963. Stationed on various naval vessels, he served during the war in Vietnam. He reports that his disabilities “stem from Agent Orange exposure while on the base at DaNang.” He has had a kidney transplant, is legally blind and is a below the knee amputee.
Sponsored by Snowbird Ski and Summer Resort, Wasatch Adaptive Sports and American Airlines, the Soldiers to the Summit event will provide these American heroes with an opportunity to learn and experience winter sporting activities. For some of the veterans, it will be their first time on snow. For all participants, their days at Snowbird will allow them to create new, positive relationships with other veterans through teamwork and cooperation.
Wasatch Adaptive Sports (WAS) offers year-round therapeutic recreational activities to people of all ages with special needs. WAS does not turn anyone away, requires no initial fee, and provides full or partial scholarships. WAS programs build strength, stamina and self-esteem while enhancing the quality of life for all participants.
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