Programs & Services

Veterans Adaptive Sports’ goal is to provide as many recreational sport opportunities as possible to serve veterans with a variety of disabilities. We plan trips coordinated with national organizations as well as plan trips unique to our member veterans. Each trip involves adaptive sports based on the venue selected.

We also provide opportunities to engage in adaptive sports all year long in Palm Beach County encouraging our member veterans to stay active and live a healthy lifestyle. Recreational sports include: biking, snorkeling, scuba diving, fishing, and golf. In addition, we also sponsor disabled veterans in competitive sports.

Annual Trips

Each year trips are planned to organize a group of disabled veterans to participate in the adaptive sport(s) of the season and selected venue. The goals of these trips and associated programs for the disabled veterans are:

  • overcome perceived limitations and boundaries.
  • foster a sense of pride and self esteem that will carry-over to their daily lives.
  • encourage reasonable risk taking to empower to challenge themselves.
  • promote group success where each member contributes to the success of others.
  • create a fun experience and atmosphere where expectations can be exceeded.
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2014 Summer Rafting Trip Green River CO

Summer

Trips are organized to venues where a variety of adaptive recreational sports can be undertaken. Adaptive sports include: hand cycling, mountain (hand cycling) biking, rock climbing, water skiing, jet skiing, white water rafting and scuba diving. In July 2014 VAS undetook white water rafting at the Gates of Ladore, Colorado where we lived on the Green River for 7 days and traveled over 120 miles. In July 2016, VAS held its second Summer Camp in Key Largo, Florida featurng scuba diving for newly certified handicapped divers and other veterans who dive all year round.

 Winter

Glaser VA WSC

Jeff Glaser Ready to Ski

 

The annual National Disabled Veterans Winter Sports Clinic is the largest annual rehabilitation event of its kind in the world and is sponsored by Department of Veterans Affairs and the Disabled Americans Veterans. This trip is organized to introduce disabled veterans to winter adaptive sports and invite past participants who increase their skills as well as mentor the new Vets. The Clinic’s mission: to have fun, especially newly discharged vets from Iraq and Afghanistan, that life does not end with disability. On April 2 – 9, 2016, 342 disbled veterans partcipated in Snowmass Colorado.

The Group

VAS Skiers and TASP Telluride CO 2016

A second winter trip is organized each year, oriented primarily for more

experienced disabled veterans. Snow skiing and other winter related adaptive sports are undertaken supported by further training and education. Snow skiing is one of the more popular adaptive sports and we take advantage of the many organizations in Florida and across the country to organize these trips. Our latest trip was to Telluride, Colorado in February, 2016 where we partnered with the staff and volunteers of the Telluride Adaptive Sports Program (TASP).

A number of our disabled veterans return annually to participate in these trips. These trips encourage our Vets to stay fit and maintain their living independence. They all look forward to networking with their fellow veterans. Our Coach Doug Tuttle puts it this way. “The veteran participants have all taken it to the next level, building upon previously learned skills, and the new participants are anxious for next year’s event.”

Recreational Adaptive Sports and Therapy

When veterans join Veterans Adaptive Sports, they can identify their interests and discuss options with our staff. We provide opportunities to engage in adaptive sports all year long encouraging our member veterans to stay active and live a healthy lifestyle.

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Shore Dive at Blue Huron Bridge North Palm Beach FL

We are taking advantage of the Palm Beach environment and water recreation opportunities. A number of volunteers host veterans to fish, cruise and enjoy water sports. We also assist veterans to obtain scuba certification where we encourage our divers to team up and dive regularly. There are no prerequisite skills required as our volunteers will provide training, equipment and support.  Contact Us to participate, all members are welcome. You can start by just enjoying the boat ride with your fellow members!

The 2016 Scuba Diving Schedule

March 6  Key Largo     March 18-20  4th Annual Weeki Wachee Challange     April 10  Miami     May 1  Pompano

May 21  Miami     June 11-12  West Palm Beach     July 9  Key Largo     Aug 13-14  West Palm Beach

Sept 11  Pompano     Sept 24  Miami     Oct 9  Keys     Oct 23  Pompano     Nov 11 Keys – Veterans Day

Dives are FREE of charge to disabled veterans!

And we are especially proud to have established a golf program with The First Tee of Palm Beaches. Golf instruction and playing The First Tee 9-hole Par 3 course are provided year round and is FREE of charge to all veterans, disabled and otherwise.

 

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