Funded ProjectsOpening up life-changing, high altitude adventure for those with disabilities

September 19, 2014

Rock_summerAt the Adaptive Sports Center in Crested Butte, Colo., we believe every participant is extraordinary in mind, body and spirit. And each person that travels to our center, whether it is from just down the road or thousands of miles away, deserves to attend the best outdoor recreation program possible. Our programs are customized for each individual. We use state of the art adaptive equipment and professional instructors to create an experience that is both therapeutic and high-quality.

The Chris Mikesell Foundation supports Adaptive Sports Center initiatives every year so more people with disabilities and their families can experience the life-changing effects of adventure activities in the Rocky Mountains.

In 2013, the foundation helped make our brand new summer outfitting facility in the Town of Crested Butte a reality. Our new building has a large space for equipment and vehicle storage, meeting areas and housing up to six interns. The ultimate tribute to this building is that it has allowed field staff to be much more efficient rigging and derigging our trips, so much so that it has allowed us to be in the field up to an hour longer than normal, giving our participants a much longer outdoor experience.

Most recently, the Adaptive Sports Center received funding from The Foundation to provide additional outdoor programs to youth in our community. The Adaptive Sports Center partners with the Gunnison Watershed School District to offer recreation programs to children enrolled in its Special Education program. More than 20 children participated in our Community Kids program as a result and had the opportunity to make turns on powder days and rock climb for the first time.

There is always something exciting and inspiring going at the Adaptive Sports Center, and we invite you to learn more by calling 970.349.5075 or by visiting

Adaptive Sports Center Highlights:

  • 5,392 – Participant Activities
  • 689 – Unique Participants
  • 63 – Group Visits
  • 5,198 – Volunteer Hours
  • 100% – Instructors Professionally Certified
  • 7.1 – Average Yearly Guide Tenure
  • 49 – Disabilities Served

— Submitted by Mike Neustedter, ASC Marketing Director, September 2014

The Foundation gave the Adaptive Sports Center a total of $9,000 in 2013 and 2014 towards operations and programming. 

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