National Ability Center began in 1985 as a community-based program serving 45 veterans with disabilities. For nearly 30 years, the organization's continuing mission has been to provide programming that empowers participants of all abilities – including athletes, veterans, adults and children – to achieve more than they feel physically and emotionally capable of doing. Today, these programs engage more than 3,400 people of all abilities each year through 22,000 lessons and experiences in a wide variety of sports, recreation and educational activities; indirectly impacting 12,000 family members and caregivers. Participants come from all socioeconomic backgrounds, from 50 US states and 14 countries around the globe.
National Ability Center programs are classified into four categories to support the widest range of interests, skill levels and abilities:
Sports and Recreation programs: alpine skiing, aquatics, archery, biathlon, cross-country skiing, cycling, equestrian programs, rock climbing, sled hockey, snowboarding, and water sports.
Training and Education programs: ability awareness trainings, conferences, corporate retreats, international programs, internships, and outreach and in-service presentations.
Camps, Groups, Military, Family and Custom programs: community partner activities and leisure skills, health and wellness retreats, high and low ropes course, and team building activities.
Competition Programs and Events: Ability Snow Challenge event, adaptive alpine races, adaptive alpine ski team, para-snowboard team, and Special Olympics teams.
For the fiscal year ended August 31, 2015, NAC's program expenses were:
Total Program Expenses:
Chief Executive :
Gail Loveland , Executive Director
of the Board:
Chair's Profession / Business Affiliation:
Vice President, Big-D Construction
Paid Staff Size:
*Compensation includes annual salary and, if applicable, benefit plans, expense accounts, and other allowances.
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