Tennessee School for the Blind Seniors to Visit Challenge Aspen for 12th Year

Since 2001, members of the senior class from Tennessee School for the Blind have joined Challenge Aspen in Snowmass, Colorado for a week of skiing and camaraderie.

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Challenge Aspen, Tennessee School for the Blind participants on the slopes with adaptive ski instructors

Challenge Aspen, Tennessee School for the Blind participants on the slopes with adaptive ski instructors

Thank you for the great times I had with you in Colorado. I was always uplifted, encouraged, & pushed to do my best. If it weren't for you, this once-in-a-lifetime trip would not have been possible for me and countless others with disabilities. -Ben

Aspen, Colo (PRWEB) December 06, 2013

In 1998, musician Amy Grant was filming a movie called, "A Song from the Heart", about a blind concert cellist. Inspired to learn more about her role, Grant followed a student, Claudia, from the Tennessee School for the Blind to learn about visual impairments and being guided by others through life. In 1999, Grant wanted to repay Claudia and gave her a scholarship to be a part of Challenge Aspen, a non-profit in Snowmass, Colorado that hosts year-round, adaptive recreational, educational and cultural opportunities for people with any physical or cognitive disability. Two years later in 2001, Challenge Aspen hosted its first senior class trip to ski with their adaptive ski instructors.

Twelve years later the collaboration is going strong and on December 12 through 19, 2013, Challenge Aspen will host its twelfth group of Tennessee School for the Blind seniors in Snowmass. This program is fully funded by private donors, grants, and Challenge Aspen funds – covering travel, food, lodging, lessons and all other activities while the group is in Snowmass.

This year, Challenge Aspen is promoting health and wellness as a part of the program, encouraging the students to continue using the skills they learn on and off the mountain back home in Tennessee and for the rest of their lives.

Challenge Aspen welcomes eight students this winter, having the total number of students served be over 120 in the past 12 years.

ABOUT CHALLENGE ASPEN
Challenge Aspen provides recreational, educational and cultural experiences for people with disabilities. Hosting year-round, adaptive recreational, educational and cultural opportunities they make activities accessible to people with any physical or cognitive disability. Challenge Aspen Military Opportunities (C.A.M.O.) was founded in 2005 and provides year-round experiences for injured and ill service members. Challenge Autism was founded in 2012 and provides individuals on the Autism spectrum with opportunities to improve in sports, communication, and daily life skills through highly structured activities.


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