Current Program Development and Partner Development Projects:
National Federation for the Blind and Colorado Center for the Blind
These recognized organizations promote the "No Barriers" lifestyles, using the outdoor exploration as a vehicle to further independence and teamwork for visually impaired community members. Through the best practices of becoming an outdoors steward, participants gain better understanding of safety, accessibility, and conservation, translating those experiences to navigate the expedition of life-and then pay it forward. Traversing a tree over a river, climbing a rock wall face, or snowshoeing all transfer to crossing a busy road or navigating the halls in schools or offices, while realistically experiencing their ability to overcome adversity.
Sportainability is providing all instruction and curricula to further develop healthy lifestyles, including nutrition and the importance of outdoor education, while easing the effects of "Nature Deficit Disorder" for participants to reconnect to themselves.
Veterans Expeditions and Team River Runner Exploration
We utilize kayaking, mountaineering and the outdoors as vehicles to aid in the transition from military to civilian life. This transition allows integration back into society, society integrates back into veterans, and negative statistics are reversed. The experienced leadership of our veterans becomes a positive force in society! Sportainability team members are sought out to help others move from survive to thrive.
While this program focuses on disabled and returning veterans, we deliberately surround them with multi-generational and able-bodied veterans, letting veterans and supporters lead veterans in the outdoors. We do not have a specific therapy agenda, other than providing fun, laughter, compassion, and appreciation in an outdoor context focused on activities that provide access, safety, and conservation. All of this is done through focused leadership, allowing the veteran or active duty vet to become team builders again, with a welcoming transition to the ethos.
Disabled Kayaking and Mountaineering- NSCD, Local Hospitals and Community Development Orgs
We employ kayaking and mountaineering as platforms to achieve a "No Barriers" lifestyle while becoming an active participant in stewardship in the community. Our focus is on improving access, conservation, and safety within all western communities, especially on the Colorado River drainage. This program is partnered with USA Para Olympics and local healthcare organizations, creating awareness of healthy lifestyles and 'global' health to gain leadership through "overcoming adversity" models. These participants combine forces with our disabled and active veterans programs to cultivate greater impact within all communities. Our programs lessen dependance on traditional pain or clinical counseling needs through these active and healthy lifestyles.
YMCA- Y Way to Play
Sportainability is partnering with all levels of the community to focus on building a united sports community for the benefit of all participants. Through their sports program, the YMCA of Boulder Valley is working with Sportainability to build a stronger community in the Boulder, Colorado area. In developing "The Y Way to Play," we are connecting all levels of government, schools, and community civic organizations to share the "Y Way to Play" language. This is a commitment to allow everyone in the Boulder Valley the opportunity to learn, grow, and have fun through sports. The "Y Way to Play language is: "Fun, Sportsmanship, Opportunity, Progressive Competition and Community."
In order to build a community rooted in positive shared values and growth goals, the community has to work together, supporting one another. The YMCA of Boulder Valley and Sportainability are leading the way. Programs consider all levels of disablilty to integrate new sports to the community.
Sportainability provides leadership development by example. Through healthy, active lifestyles using the "No Barriers" concept, we are connecting and growing within our communities.
By way of several weekly classes:
Outdoor Sports (Climbing , Kayaking, Mountaineering )
...the girls develop an awareness of their personal power, which translates into becoming strong community and peer advocates.We enable them to better understand the importance of good nutrition and self care to become tomorrow's leaders in effective living.
Sportainability believes lowering the incidence of youth obesity and gender bias can elevate lives and communities, because when people truly feel proud of who they are, they are engendered to give back as they have received.