Maine Adaptive Sports & Recreation Seeks Teams for 27th Annual Ski-A-Thon | Community Spirit

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Maine Adaptive Sports & Recreation Seeks Teams for 27th Annual Ski-A-Thon

Registration is open for the largest one-day fundraiser in Maine. Over 800 people are expected to take part in the 27th Annual Ski-A-Thon on Saturday, March 24, at Sunday River Resort to benefit Maine Adaptive Sports & Recreation (formerly Maine Handicapped Skiing), Maine’s largest year-round adaptive recreation organization serving children and adults with physical disabilities.

Teams are registering daily for Maine Adaptive’s flagship annual event, which often raises nearly 65% of the organization’s annual operating budget. The funds raised will go directly towards providing lessons in both winter and summer activities for over 400 people with physical disabilities, all free of charge.

"This year is exciting for the Ski-A-Thon," said event organizer Gabe Perkins. "It’s the organization’s thirtieth anniversary and we recently changed our name to reflect how much our programming has expanded over the years. Skiing will always be the heart and soul of Maine Adaptive, though, and the Ski-A-Thon is the one time each year when anyone and everyone who loves skiing and riding can join us in celebrating and supporting adaptive recreation for people with disabilities."

On the day of the event, the Grand Summit Resort at Sunday River becomes the Ski-A-Thon nerve center. Ski-A-thon participants ski or ride for free, with a scavenger hunt, free massages, fun races, a costume contest, kids’ activities, and more taking place throughout the day. Participants also receive a tee-shirt, a goodie bag, chances to win prizes throughout the day, and incentives for top fundraisers.

Anyone interested in fundraising for the Ski-A-Thon is invited to a Team Meeting on Saturday, January 28, from 5-6:30 at Maine Adaptive’s headquarters at Sunday River Resort in Newry. Staff members will present the latest information about the event, top fundraisers will offer advice, and drinks and appetizers will be provided. Anyone interested in attending is asked to RSVP to SAT@skimhs.org or (207) 824-2440 x104. Information on registering for the Ski-A-Thon is available at www.maineadaptive.org.

Maine Adaptive Sports & Recreation’s staff and nearly 400 volunteers provide year-round lessons to people with disabilities in alpine and Nordic skiing, snowboarding and snowshoeing in the winter and golf, paddling and cycling lessons in the summer.

 

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