Wintergreen Adaptive Sports Receives $5000 Grant : 4.13.09

©2008-2009 NCL Magazine : Wintergreen Adaptive Ski Members on the slopes at Wintergreen Last year.
©2008-2009 NCL Magazine : Wintergreen Adaptive Ski Members on the slopes at Wintergreen Last year.

Wintergreen Resort
Nelson County, Virignia

Wintergreen Adaptive Sports (WAS), a non-profit organization based at Wintergreen Resort that seeks to improve the lives of people with disabilities through adaptive sports, has been awarded a $5,000 grant from the Charlottesville Area Community Foundation.

Michael Zuckerman, WAS Executive Director, said the grant will help support the organization’s staff development program for its team of over 100 volunteer ski and snowboard instructors. “The level of training we provide is critical to our program’s success,” Mr. Zuckerman said,” and we’re very grateful to the Foundation for its support. National training standards for teaching adaptive snow sports are rigorous, and our proportion of highly trained staff to total instructional force rivals any program in the entire United States. We are extremely proud of this accomplishment.”

About Wintergreen Adaptive Sports
Wintergreen Adaptive Sports has grown steadily to become the largest adaptive snow sports program serving the mid-Atlantic community, offering year-round adaptive sport instruction — in skiing, snowboarding, kayaking, and canoeing — to people with disabilities. The program provides trained volunteer instructors, as well as standard and adaptive equipment, to children and adults with a wide range of disabilities, including traumatic injuries, cerebral palsy, spina bifida, autism, blindness, mental retardation, and paralysis-related conditions. One of the early pioneers of adaptive sports instruction for injured servicemen and women, each year WAS also hosts weekend retreats for Wounded Warriors.

About The Charlottesville Area Community Foundation
The Charlottesville Area Community Foundation is a permanent endowment dedicated to improving the quality of life for the people of Charlottesville, Albemarle County, and the counties of Greene, Orange, Louisa, Fluvanna, Buckingham, and Nelson east of the Blue Ridge Mountains. CACF is unique among charities because through it individuals, organizations, and businesses can make contributions for the long-term benefit of the community.

About Wintergreen Resort
Wintergreen Resort is an 11,000-acre, four season resort located in the Blue Ridge Mountains southwest of Charlottesville, Virginia. Easily accessible via Interstate highways 64 and 81 and U.S. 29, the resort is a popular destination for guests originating from the Washington D.C./Baltimore area, central and eastern Virginia and other population centers of the mid-Atlantic. More than 300 condominium-style accommodations plus four restaurants and lounges are offered to guests. In addition to 45 holes of championship golf, designed by acclaimed architects Rees Jones and Ellis Maples, recreational options include the Wintergarden Spa, a full- service destination spa located atop the mountain alongside the aquatic/fitness center.


  1. Congratulations to Michael and WAS — What has been created here is truly remarkable. I’ve had the chance to watch this organization get started and grow over the years. Never stop reaching!


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