Friday, July 1, 2005

Sun Valley Adaptive Sports to host disabled veterans

Following on the heels of the unparalleled success of the winter visiting-veterans program in January, Sun Valley Adaptive Sports will host three groups of disabled veterans this summer who are currently undergoing physical rehabilitation for wounds suffered while serving in Iraq or Afghanistan.

Each group will be comprised of four to five veterans and their spouses or significant others. Each group of veterans will be in Idaho for one week participating in many of Idaho's spectacular outdoor recreational activities in the Wood River Valley, at the Middle Fork Lodge on the Middle Fork of the Salmon River, and on the Main Salmon River. The first group of veterans will arrive on July 8.

Founded in 1999, Sun Valley Adaptive Sports maintains a mission to enhance the lives of children and adults with disabilities through sports and recreation. These outdoor activities offer newly disabled individuals the opportunity to build self-confidence and focus on new possibilities they no longer thought to be possible.

The veterans will be visiting Idaho during July and August, enjoying the hospitality of the valley's Rotary clubs, the Ketchum American Legion Post 115, and the many volunteers and businesses who are donating their time and resources.

SVAS is a nonprofit organization with a staff of three and an elected board of directors. It raises money through grants, donations, and local fund-raising events. For more information, call Mark Stewart, veterans events coordinator, at 726-7073 or SVAS at 726-9298.

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