On November 4, 2017 The Adaptive Adventure Sports Coalition (TAASC) will celebrate 25-years of introducing individuals with special needs – and their families – to adventure sports opportunities that include skiing, snowboarding, cycling, water skiing, ice skating, sailing, fishing, rowing and kayaking.

TAASC is privately funded and 100% volunteer run with over 300 volunteers, including Convaid | R82’s own East Coast Sales Manager Stephen Ricker, a long-time ski instructor for the organization.

Steve Ricker, East Coast Sales Manager

The organization, a chapter of Disabled Sports USA, reaches thousands of children and adults with physical, intellectual and sensory conditions. The November 4th event will showcase the program’s achievements and offer members of the community to donate to the organization’s many adaptive sports, wellness and outdoor recreation programs that encourage “boundless courage, independence and hope,” according to Steve.

TAASC offers varied programs for veterans with disabilities where three focus weekends in March, June and September although participants at these come from all walks of life and encompass varying degrees of mobility.

Founded in 1992, TAASC is headquartered in Powell, Ohio and operates a 22-acre special use park in Columbus, Ohio that includes a facility with a training room, offices, full kitchen, cycling center, archery course bocce ball court, walking trails and waterfront area with access to Twin Lakes and the Scioto River.

The November 4th event will take place at the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium at the Water’s Edge Boardwalk Pavilion, 6-9PM for a cost of $75 per person or $450 for a table of 6. Those wishing to participate may contact wendy@taasc.org or call (614) 389-3921. For those unable to attend, contributions can be made at https:/goo.gl/cTLD96.

Jeff Hogan, anchor for 10TV News, will be the emcee for this event, joining featured speaker Kirk Bauer, a disabled Vietnam veteran and Executive Director of Disabled Sports USA, who earned the Autry Courage Award and was selected as the 1986 Healthy American Fitness Leader by the President’s Council on Fitness, Sports & Nutrition (PCFSN). In 2008, he was awarded the George M. Steinbrenner III Sports Leadership Award by the United States Olympic Endowment in recognition of his outstanding contribution to sports. In 2013, Kirk was given the Lifetime Achievement Award by the PCFSN.

Other speakers include Steve Ricker, TAASC founder and ski instructor; Maddie Mattey, TAASC Director of Sports and Volunteers; Amanda Young, former Miss Wheelchair Ohio; and Greer Rouda, TAASC board member, a business and community leader, and an incomplete quadriplegic due to a snowmobiling accident.

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