I chose ASF
as my internship site because they work so closely with Wounded Warrior Project
(WWP). For the past five years as my education has advanced, I have started
focusing on specific career goals that are directed toward encouraging physical
activity for those with disabilities, specifically injured military personnel.
The Adaptive Sports Foundation presented a perfect location.
second week I was thrown right into helping with the Wounded Warrior Family
weekend by organizing paperwork, goodie bags, helping with check-in, and other
random tasks. It was an eye-opening experience to see all the behind scene work
that goes on for an event that large. During the event as I watched instructors
who were wounded warriors themselves teach warriors. Witnessing warriors
training warriors really helped me to see the Wounded Warrior Project (ASF’s
partner in their Warrior in Motion programs) logo (one soldier carrying
another) come to life. I enjoyed seeing many of the warriors return to
ASF for other programs throughout the winter season that allowed for them to
improve on their skiing or riding skills.
February I was able to teach my first official snowboarding lesson to a young
girl with cancer. Yes, it might seem a little late in the winter to be
teaching my first solo lesson, but don’t forget this is my first season in the
mountains. This was a very special time for me as I was able to bond with her,
and for a little bit of time, allow her to forget about some of her health
concerns that has held her back. She allowed me to gain confidence in my
instructing abilities and apply all that I have learned this past winter into a
As my internship
at ASF came to an end, I had nothing but butterflies in my stomach when I look
back on all that I was involved in. I survived one of the coldest winters with
record snow. I was able to “play” on those nice powder days. I experienced the
“mountain life” work schedule, I met some of the nicest people with the most
giving hearts, and I saw how a successful non-profit organization is run.
I met a 17 year-old Paralympic athlete who competed in Paralympic Games in
Sochi. I have no idea what the future holds for me, but as you have read
I am up for anything. I am going to start applying for jobs that focus on
physical health and wellness for those who have a disability, but until then I
will be volunteering with the Adaptive Sports Foundation throughout the summer.