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August Enews – 2015


Ken Duke
Ken Duke is not one to let anything get in his way. In fact, his journey to the National Ability Center can take as many as four hours each way… Continued.

Winter registration opens September 1
Get your reservation requests in early for the best opportunity to secure session or individual lesson times. Early bird rates end November 15th.
You can get a head-start now by creating your account for our new online registration program.

Read our article in The Salt Lake Tribune
The National Ability Center is thrilled that the success of our international programs was featured on the front page of the Salt Lake Tribune.
Thank you to the US Department of State, UCP Wheels for Humanity, National Ability Center’s co-founder, Meeche White, and our local donors who supported us in bringing a group from Thailand and El Salvador for a total of six weeks of adaptive programming in Park City and the surrounding areas.
For pictures and the complete story, visit the Salt Lake Tribune: “Taking a Break From Violence: Park City’s ability center hosts youth from El Salvador“.

Welcome to the herd!
If you’ve been biking, hiking or running Park City’s Round Valley trails this summer, you may have passed adaptive riders exploring the valley on horseback.
These equestrians are among those benefitting from one of the National Ability Center’s newest offerings: trail riding. Riders can now take their skills outside of the arena while enjoying the community of friends and families during group rides on local trail systems.
With more lessons on the trails and in the arenas, summer 2015 has also brought several new equine faces to our pastures. From Butch, our trail horse with a visual impairment, to Bootie, a retired Palomino 4H horse generously donated by Brad, Andrea and Renee Sweet of Granite Construction, the new equines are already becoming favorites in our programs.
But, more horses bring more mouths to feed. And thanks to a generous donation by Granite Construction, our new hay barn is able to house up to a year’s worth of hay for our equine staff. Now that’s a lot of hay!


The National Ability Center has four stars, the highest rating, on Charity Navigator.

The National Ability Center will be on KPCW Wednesday,August 19 from 10-11AM for a Community Challenge.
We need your calls!

Join us at the Grand America Hotel this November 13 to celebrate our Nation’s Heroes.
Get involved! 
Attend a volunteer program training:
General Volunteer Orientation
September 2, 5:30-6:30PM
Ability Awareness Training and Person-First Language
September 10, 5:30-7:00PM
Instructor Training
September 14, 2:00-6:00PM
Aquatics Assistant Training
September 14, 3:00-6:00PM
Archery Instructor Training
September 10, 1:00-5:30PM
Archery Assistant Training
September 10, 2:30-5:30PM
Climbing Wall Instructor Training
September 7, 9:00-4:00PM
Challenge Course Instructor
September 11, 9:00-4:00PM
Climbing Wall and Challenge Course Assistant Training
September 11, 4:30-6:30PM
Equestrian Assistant Training
August 27, 5:30- 8:30PM
August 29, 2:00- 5:00PM
Biathlon Instructor Training
September 9:00-12:00PM
Cycling Instructor Training
September 8, 10:00-5:30PM
Cycling Assistant Training
September 11, 4:30-6:30PM
Sled Hockey Instructor Training
September 10, 9:00-11:30PM
Outreach Volunteer Events:
Summit Challenge Information Booth
August 22, 8:00-4:00PM
Ride to Zero Event
August 29th- 8:00-4:30PM



Ready for a job with a mission? Consider working at the National Ability Center. Year round, full-time, part-time and winter jobs are posted!


Apply now for a COACH internship. Our COACH program is tailored to fit the needs of young adults 16-22 with disabilities who want to hone vocational, social and independent living skills.



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