Today's gust blogger is Michelle Barnes, the acting Executive Director of Paradox Sports. She is discussing their organization's mission as well as our joint event on Feb 10-12. We have room for 10 veterans as well, regardless of disability. Never thought you could ice climb? You can!! Special thanks to Lourdes Irizarry for her amazing photos!
WE CAN’T WALK? OK, WE’LL CLIMB ICE INSTEAD!
Paradox Sports Trades in Our Usual Rocks for Sheer Ice Walls at Our Winter New Hampshire and Colorado Climbing Events
There’s no hibernating by the fire this winter for Paradox Sports. We’re outside, putting our “disabilities” to good use climbing sheer walls of ice. We have two exciting ice events coming up that we’d love to brag about:
We will be partnering with Sierra Club’s Mission Outdoors to make this event happen! . Paradox Sports loves their mission of helping America’s Military and Veteran Community experience the freedom of the land they defend!
March 2-4, 2012 will be the 6th annual Paradox Sports Ice Climbing Weekend in Ouray, CO
We provide ice climbing clinics for disable athletes and help them understand the adaptive equipment they need to climb. Our athletes then take that support and turn it into magic.
“I will not give up, I’m going to the top”
These were the words of Austin Bushnell, from our 2011 Ouray event. Austin was born with a brain deterioration condition but lives with an endless supply of determination and enthusiasm, (a common theme among our athletes). His climb was a Paradox group effort. He was assisted every step of the climb, but it was his own determination that got him to the top. He was an inspiration to everyone in the canyon that day.
We expect no less at our events this year. For more information, please contact Michelle Barnes, Acting Executive Director for Paradox Sports. Come see what we’re about as we defy gravity (and ice)!
Paradox Sports is a non-profit organization that provides inspiration, opportunities and adaptive equipment to the disabled community, empowering their pursuit of a life of excellence through human-powered outdoor sports. Paradox Sports was created by an eclectic group of individuals with a common desire to integrate the physically disabled into the outdoor community. To continue the roll of Paradox Sports in Colorado, Paradox Sports will be providing adaptive training to the disabled community across the region with the goal of developing a community around outdoor recreation and giving disabled athletes a forum to share skills and ideas. Paradox also endeavors to create linkages among able-bodied climbers and the disabled community to redefine "disability."
Sierra Club’s Mission Outdoors Military Families and Veterans Initiative is part of the Club’s larger mission to ‘Explore, Protect, and Enjoy’ the Planet! Mission Outdoors believes all American’s have a right to get outside and the Military Families and Veterans Initiative is working to ensure that our military and veteran service members and their families can enjoy the freedom of the land they defended!
For more information contact:
Acting Executive Director