Ignite Adaptive Sports – 2023 Ski Season
Every winter Nick’s favorite activity (besides shopping) is going to Eldora Ski Resort in Nederland, Colorado and hanging out with the volunteers from Ignite Adaptive Sports for a fun day on the mountain. Nick looks forward to skiing all year, and if you ask him what his favorite thing is during the warmer months, there’s a good chance he’ll still answer “skiing.”
Nick has been a participant with Ignite since 2009 and every year the volunteers continue to be supportive, safety oriented, and kind. They always make sure Nick feels safe and check that he had a good time on the slopes.
For the last couple of years, Kevin Wilson has been the scheduler for Ignite. Kevin is also a person who uses a wheelchair, and a few times this season he joined Nick on the mountain in his mono ski. Kevin goes above and beyond to accommodate participants and volunteers, and makes sure everyone is safe and happy. He’s a passionate skier and Nick thinks his hair is pretty cool. Bring him some sushi, it’s his favorite!
Getting Nick prepped to go out is an intense process, but with Nick’s unique needs it’s important his body is comfortably and safely positioned for his lesson. This involves several different types of pads, straps, and usually a bit of duct tape! Once he’s ready to go, he stays out for 2 hours and goes on a ton of different runs, and even goes on black diamonds and the half pipe! Nick says the ski lift can be a little scary, but the volunteers always talk him through the ride and get him safely to the top.
Check out these videos of Nick skiing with some incredible Ignite volunteers!
One of Nick’s favorite parts of the ski season is his trip up the mountain with Adaptive Recreation Opportunities (ARO) with Fort Collins Recreation. Greg Shaner is one of Nick’s favorite people and a long time friend. He drives the ARO van and its participants up to Eldora for a full day of ski lessons and never loses his upbeat and positive attitude.
Karl, one of the volunteers, a veteran who used to be a participant himself, brings his service dog Red up to the Ignite building with him, and Nick loves seeing Karl and Red!
Nick sometimes comes in from his lesson covered in snow and a little worn out, but he never complains because he had a blast! He always talks about how much fun he had on the ride home. This wouldn’t be possible without the volunteers who come back every year.
Nick loves when he gets to go out with Ignite volunteer Brian, because he knows he’s gonna go fast! Brian takes Nick on the half pipe and even plays music for Nick on his bluetooth speaker! Nick loved listening to the soundtrack to one of his favorite movies, Gigi, while he was racing down the mountain! Thanks Brain!
Bobby is another volunteer Nick loved getting to see several times over the season. Nick thought Bobby was so nice, and he made Nick feel very safe every time they skiied together.
Nick and his team want to thank Ignite Adaptive Sports so much for all they do for all of their participants, from people with with vision loss, to disabled veterans, to participants on the autism spectrum, Ignite works with everyone as an individual with their own unique needs and treats participants and their families with respect and kindness.
Donate to Ignite Adaptive Sport’s new facility!
Ignite is breaking ground on their new state of the art facility at Eldora this month, and Nick would like to ask his supporters to consider donating to their fundraiser by clicking this link. You can also follow Ignite on Facebook and find the fundraiser link there.
Awesome in Action on Amazon Smile
With the holiday season fast approaching, Nick is getting excited to do some shopping!
We know this time of year is the time people are getting gifts, and ordering special treats for themselves and their loved ones.
We wanted to take a few minutes to remind Awesome in Action supporters of a great way to donate just by shopping.
Awesome in Action is a non-profit organization recognized by the Amazon Smile program. When you shop using Amazon Smile and have Awesome in Action selected as your registered charity, 0.5% of your purchases go directly to Awesome in Action with no extra cost to you.
To get to Amazon Smile, you can simply type smile.amazon.com in your address bar on your choice of internet browser. You do need to make sure you are on smile.amazon.com for the donation from your purchases to be processed.
To select Awesome in Action as your registered charity, go to smile.amazon.com, and underneath the search bar there is an option to click “Supporting:” where you can search for Awesome in Action Co.
All of your purchases, and donations generated by them are private, and no one can see your activity except you and Amazon, including the charitable organization you support.
A great way to make sure you’re always using Amazon Smile is by downloading an extension to your internet browser. These extensions will make sure you are always using Amazon Smile for purchases on Amazon.
Extensions to Redirect to Amazon Smile
Chrome Web Browser:
Amazon Smile Redirect – click this link, and then click “Add to Chrome”
Always Smile – click this link, and then click “Add to Chrome”
Firefox Web Browser:
Amazon Smile Redirect – click this link, and then click “Add to Firefox”
Smart Amazon Smile – click this link, and then click “Add to Firefox”
Edge Web Browser:
Amazon Smile Redirect – click this link, and then click “Get”
Amazon Smile on Mobile
The best way to use Amazon Smile on your mobile device is to download the Amazon Shopping App.
You can find information on how to download the app, join Amazon Smile, and turn on Amazon Smile by following this link.
If you prefer not to use an app, there isn’t currently a way to add extensions to mobile web browsers, but you can always just remind yourself to use smile.amazon.com in your mobile browser.
Every Donation Makes a Difference!
Nick wants to thank his supporters for considering making Awesome in Action their charity of choice on Amazon Smile. Every purchase makes a difference in Nick’s mission to spread awareness about those living with different abilities.
If you have any questions please reach out to the Awesome in Action team by emailing Nick at email@example.com.