Windham Mountain has partnered with the Adaptive Sports Foundation over the past decade to give back to wounded veterans and their families. Our Iris St. Meran has more on this past weekend's event.
WINDHAM, N.Y. -- Thirty service men and women, and their families had the whole weekend to hit the slopes on Windham Mountain. Partnered with the Adaptive Sports Foundation, it provides wounded veterans a new activity to enjoy with their families.
"Eight of our instructors that are here as volunteers are actually wounded warriors, have actually been through the program in the past," said Todd Munn, Executive Director of Adaptive Sports Foundation.
Stephen Valyou is the perfect example of someone who came to Windham Mountain last year to ski as a wounded warrior, and returned this year to teach.
He said, "I'm here giving back. However I can help the warriors coming in. It's changed my life, so anything I can do to promote getting them out and getting them to try something new."
The participants were asked what it means to have this opportunity.
"Freedom," said James Norrie, a wounded warrior.
Jonathan Burr, another wounded warrior, said, "Makes you feel like you can still do things and boost that mental confidence to show you that you can still do and overcome things."
It's something that helps them feel closer to their families too.
"Being able to see me conquer something like this, that I haven't had the nerve to, it's huge for them," said Norrie.
"We're proud to do it, they deserve it more than anybody," added Munn.