Our Mission and Vision - Disabled Sports USA’s mission is to provide national leadership and opportunities for individuals with disabilities to develop independence, confidence, and fitness through participation in community sports, recreation, and educational programs. Every day, we work hard to pursue our vision that “every person, regardless of ability, has an equal opportunity to participate in sports and recreation in their community.”Our Purpose - Since 1967, Disabled Sports USA has focused on one goal: To improve the lives of wounded warriors, youth and adults with disabilities by providing sports and recreation opportunities. Disabilities include those with visual impairments, amputations, spinal cord injury, multiple sclerosis, head injury, cerebral palsy, other neuromuscular/orthopedic conditions, autism and related intellectual disabilities. These sports opportunities transform the people we serve, highlighting the potential in each of us, embodied in our motto: “If I can do this, I can do anything!”Our Strength - Our unique structure as a community-based chapter network allows Disabled Sports USA to reach people across the country, through a grassroots approach that supports local chapters in identifying the needs of the communities they serve.Our Impact - Each year through our nationwide network, we serve over 60,000 youth, wounded warriors and adults through a nationwide network of over 120 community-based chapters in more than 40 states nationwide. Over 50 different sports are offered, including alpine and Nordic skiing, snowboarding, biathlon, kayaking, water skiing, sailing, scuba, surfing, rafting, outrigger canoeing, fishing, hiking, golf, athletics, archery, cycling, running/wheeling, rock climbing, equestrian and others.
celebrating 25 YearS
M A G A Z I N E
OF DISABLED SPORTS USA
AND ITS CHAPTER NETWORK
FALL ‘12 | VOLUME 17 | NUMBER 3
Oscar “Blade Runner” Pistorius made Olympic
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“IMPOSSIBLE IS AN
OPINION, NOT A FACT.”
Surfing, skateboarding, hanging with
friends. Cameron Clapp epitomized
“California teen” until one night when,
in an instant, his life changed. At 15,
Cameron was struck by a train. He lost
both legs and his right arm.
Encouraged and cared for by staff at
Hanger Clinic locations nationwide,
Cameron not only learned
to walk again, he now surfs, runs
competitively, swims and inspires
others through peer-to-peer mentoring
and motivational public speaking.
In 700 clinics throughout the U.S.,
Hanger Clinic delivers integrated
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than 1,000,000 patients each year like
Cameron turn their hopes and dreams
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Kirk Bauer, JD, 301-217-9838
Huayra Gomez-Garcia, 240-268-0864
Special projectS Manager