Park City : A Partner In Ability - National Ability Center

Park City : A Partner In Ability

“Our senior leadership offsite at the NAC was an inspiring experience … It reinforced what a remarkable organization the NAC is to the Park City community and the pride we have in the partnership we have together.”

-Deirdra Walsh, Director of Mountain Dining, Park City

“For many of us, this was our first time at the NAC,” says Park City‘s Director of Marketing, Davy Ratchford, of the resort’s recent senior leadership offsite at the National Ability Center Ranch.

The retreat, focused on capitalizing on team strengths and each person’s unique abilities to help operate America’s largest ski resort with world-class precision, provided Park City’s leadership an opportunity to experience the impact of their work with the National Ability Center from a new perspective – the perspective of those who the partnership impacts every day.

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“We learned about our ‘abilities’ instead of ‘disabilities’ and the facilitators created a safe, fun and inspiring environment for us to grow.”

Ratchford explains, “We learned about our ‘abilities’ instead of ‘disabilities’ and the facilitators created a safe, fun and inspiring environment for us to grow.”

Like many of the groups that come to the National Ability Center, Park City learned about resilience, empowerment and ability while they embraced a variety of different abilities (spinal cord injury, visual impairment, amputation and others) and perceived limitations in strength, sight and balance on our high ropes course. Each part of the challenge course completed earned a piece of an adaptive cycle for two adaptive cycles supported by Vail’s Epic Promise and much needed by children with different abilities in NAC’s cycle and camps programs.

“It reinforced what a remarkable organization the NAC is to the Park City community and the pride we have in the partnership we have together,” Deirdra Walsh, Director of Mountain Dining shared.

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Support for the mission of the National Ability Center is far and wide through Vail’s EpicPromise initiative and the individual gifts of time and resources by Park City Mountain employees.  From donated lift tickets that are instrumental in our growing winter and summer mountain programs, to scholarship support, and shared expertise in teaching skiing and snowboarding, accessible mountain bike trails, marketing ideas and lift operation trainings; the commitment is deep.

“Park City and Vail’s EpicPromise are first-class in their approach to supporting community charities,” Says Gail Loveland, National Ability Center Executive Director. “They don’t just give, they are investors in our community. For the National Ability Center their investment of time, expertise, advice, care and thousands of financial and in-kind resources is absolutely vital to our ability to continue our mission year round, and to say yes to children, families and veterans in need. By partnering together, we are creating a healthier community in which people of all abilities can play, work and visit.”

It takes a true force of volunteers, donors, staff and partners to deliver the more than 26,799 adaptive recreation lessons we provide each year. But, whether it’s the wounded warrior strengthening family bonds through quality time on the trails, the child with autism who is able to forge a friendship through our peer partner volunteer program, or the teen carving her first turn after a battle with cancer, Park City continues to step up to make these transformations, these stories of resilience and these discoveries of strength possible.

Want to see Park City’s amazing team in action and our mission happen before your eyes? Join us on the slopes of Park City this winter – where Park City’s leadership team will again test their “abilities” and see through “new eyes” as they demo our latest and greatest mono skis, bi-skis and other adaptive equipment.

 

 

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