Adaptive Sports Connection
Who We Are: For nearly 30 years, Adaptive Sports Connection has been using the power of sports to push what’s possible for Veteran, children, and adults with diversabilities. Our mission is to break through limitations with adaptive innovation, ensuring people of all abilities the health benefits, freedom, and sense of belonging from recreation and outdoor experiences. We operate out of our Adventure Center located along the Scioto River, as well as Mad River Mountain Ski Resort, Snow Trails Ski Resort’ Glacier Ridge Metro Park, and Alum Creek. We also take our trailers with cycles and kayaks on the road to where people live, work, and play.
What We Do: We snow ski, water ski, kayak, cycle, sail and, mountain bike with adaptive equipment designed to match a person’s ability – building skills, self-esteem, and independence. We also provide adaptive bikes to children throughout Ohio. We are currently embarking on a $15 million Power of Ability Initiative championed by Pete and Chris Edwards. This statewide initiative includes:
A one-of-a-kind Adventure and Wellness Lodge on the Scioto River.
Operating and Program Expansion especially for Veterans and children – we are growing 20% each year.
Our social enterprise – Get Out Adventures offering inclusive outdoor experiences for everyone and designed to sustain and support our more intensive adaptive programming.
Why We're Important: We are all adaptive. An accident changes your life in an instant. A stroke changes how you move. A life transition knocks you off your feet. We all need to adapt at some point in our lives. Whether learning to discover a new normal after a recent diagnosis or overcoming lifelong challenges, the opportunity to get outdoors and get moving brings strength, resolve, and a deep-seated resilience. One in four adults and one in 20 children have either a physical or cognitive disability. Adaptive sports and outdoor therapeutic recreation is proven to improving overall physical health, mental health, and instilling hope. We give family members an opportunity to enjoy outdoor experiences together by removing the barriers to participating and being active.
How We Impact The Community: Adaptive Sports Connection has a tremendous impact in the community serving thousands of Veterans, children, and adults with disabilities. We are dedicated to advancing diversity, equity, inclusion, and accessibility for all who want to enjoy sports and all its benefits. We impact not only those with diversabilities, but also their families, friends, and communities. We also see impact in the health and wellbeing of our 540 volunteers. Adaptive Sports Connection partners with hospitals, schools, VA clinics, and companies.
How You Can Help:
Volunteer – we have all types of volunteer opportunities including snow skiing, water skiing, kayaking, sailing, mountain biking and cycling (training provided), events, marketing, outreach, and more.
Sponsorships – sponsor an event, a program, a veteran, a child, an adaptive bike, a piece of equipment.
Donate to our Power of Ability Initiative.
Buy a membership to Get Out Adventures, offering inclusive outdoor experiences for all. Membership includes kayaking, snow skiing, hiking, discounts to REI and Aspen Ski and Board. Go to getoutadventures.us.
Connect with Adaptive Sports Connection
6000 Harriott Drive, Powell, Ohio 43065
President and CEO: Sharon Bucey
Power of Ability Initiative Campaign Chairs: Pete and Chris Edward