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Adaptive ski program offers opportunity for local youth

Adaptive ski program offers opportunity for local youth

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Always looking to go faster, a local 6-year-old will be racing downhill with his father for the first time thanks to an adaptive skiing program.

"Our son Quinn is fearless. He wants to do everything faster and quicker," said Jason McCormack, adding that when he asked Quinn, who was born with cerebral palsy, if he wanted to participate in the program Quinn asked if he’ll be able to go as fast as a rollercoaster.

Organized by the Connecticut nonprofit Dollar Giving, Power through the Powder partnered with STRIDE Adaptive Sports to provide ski rigs specialized for people with various disabilities which would otherwise make skiing difficult. Around 50 participants will be going to Ski Sundown, in New Hartford, on Feb. 2 and 3 to spend three or four hours hitting the slopes.

With his son already being an avid golfer and interested in camping, fishing, lacrosse and baseball, Jason McCormack said he’s excited his son will be able to try another sport that he learned from his own mother as a child.

“He wants to go as fast as he can all the time," Jason McCormack said. "It's exhilarating to see him overcome the hand that he's been dealt."

“Many of the families and these kids are trying this essentially for the first time,” said Bobby Nims, executive director of Dollar Giving. “We know and we hope it’s an empowering feeling.”

Much of the nonprofit’s work involves consulting for other charities and helping them work together, which Nims hopes the event can do with the approximately 10 organizations sponsoring it. “These organizations are doing incredible, wonderful things,” he said.

One of those groups is Chapter 126, in Bristol, which is the adaptive fitness Quinn McCormack goes to. By introducing people with needs to such organizations, the event can create a more lasting experience for the participants as they learn about services available for them.

"It's to bring people and families and nonprofits together for a weekend of fun," Jason McCormack said.
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