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National Ability Center Announces Capital Campaign and Reveals Multi-Year Growth Plan



Lindsey Palmer
Palmer Public Inc.
(619) 507-5281

Leading adaptive recreation organization secures $11M of $15M goal to increase capacity after experiencing 96 percent growth in the last five years


PARK CITY, UT (Sept. 12, 2017) – Today, the National Ability Center (NAC), a leading organization dedicated to empowering individuals of all abilities through adventure sport, recreation and educational programs, publicly announced the details of its Capital Campaign, also referred to as the Campaign for the Future of Possibility. Friends, families, employees and loyal supporters received a first-look at the multi-year growth plan on Friday, Sept. 8 at Basecamp Rendezvous, an insider announcement, celebration and live experience event, hosted by the National Ability Center. To date, the National Ability Center has received gifts and commitments of more than $11 million and is confident it will reach the ultimate goal of $15 million resulting in changing more lives and building a more sustainable, scalable and resilient adaptive nation for all.


“We have experienced 96 percent growth over the last five years and currently serve more than 5,500 individuals and provide approximately 34,000 unique experiences each year,” said Gail Barille, chief executive officer of National Ability Center. “As a premier program and education resource for veterans, youth, families, para-athletes and paralympians from around the world, the National Ability Center is focused on inspiring individual achievement by creating a global impact for people of all abilities. Our Campaign for the Future of Possibility not only helps resolve current capacity challenges, but builds needed facilities and infrastructure for us to continue to grow multiplying our impact four fold over by 2029.”


The capital raised and multi-year growth roadmap will lend itself to completing the following initiatives:


Construction of new facilities including:

  • NAC’s flagship Mountain Center located at the base of Park City Mountain
  • Recreation Center
  • Community and Programs Building
  • Lodge 2
  • Greenhouse
  • Cycling Test Track
  • Accessible Campground (to include cabins, yurts, tents and a new Outdoor Riding Arena)


Expansion of Several Facilities including:

  • Equestrian Center
  • Adaptive Cycle Shed
  • Sensory Garden
  • Administrative Building (enhanced welcoming and intake area and an improved indoor climbing wall)


“The National Ability Center is such an important part to not only Park City, but the entire world. They truly are changing lives and I am honored to witness their strength in numbers and will continue to advocate for them during this exciting chapter and beyond,” said Park City Mayor, Mr. Jack Thomas. “I believe happiness is only genuine when shared and this organization is the definition of a fulfilled and complete community. I am impressed by the dedication of those who have already committed to the campaign and am eager to connect with others that want to help the NAC hit their fundraising goal.”


Capital Campaign lead donors with the exception of anonymous commitments include:

  • McGrath Family Foundation
  • Moran Family Foundation
  • John C. Kish Foundation
  • State of Utah
  • Marriott Foundation
  • EpicPromise Foundation and Park City Mountain of Vail Resorts
  • National Ability Center Board of Directors and Capital Campaign Committee


The National Ability Center has been working diligently on this effort throughout 2017 alongside a few of the organization’s long-time national partners such as the U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs and the Utah Office of Tourism. Key remarks and announcements at Basecamp Rendezvous were given by Gail Barille, CEO of the National Ability Center; Mike Kerby, previous NAC Board President; Hans Fuegi, Capital Campaign Committee Chairman; Mr. Jack Thomas, Park City Mayor; and Brad Peterson, current NAC Board President. The event included light refreshments and food, a live walk-thru of the future construction sites, a preview of the construction renderings and activities such as the ropes course challenge, team building games and arts and crafts hosted by the Kimball Art Center. Special guests included Utah State Senator Kevin Van Tassel, Utah State Senator Logan Wilde and Utah State Representative Tim Quinn.


Construction is set to begin in 2018 and will start at the Mountain Center. The organization looks forward quadrupling its capacity by 2029 and will announce additional building plans and new year-round programs later this year. For more information visit,




About National Ability Center

The National Ability Center empowers individuals of all abilities by building self-esteem, confidence and lifetime skills through sport, recreation and educational programs. Located in Park City, Utah, it is one of the leading community programs in the country that provides sports and recreational opportunities for individuals with disabilities. The National Ability Center is recognized as a chapter of Disabled Sports USA and a US Paralympic Sports Club. World-class facilities and program excellence have also elevated the National Ability Center to be a premier provider and partner in the delivery of programs directly supported by the Wounded Warrior Project and the Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship. The National Ability Center provides more than 35,000 experiences each year. For more information, visit


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