Category Archives: Adaptive Sports

Open Streets takes on Ability Awareness

Last Sunday, lead awesome dude, Nick and his team invaded the Open Streets of Fort Collins for Open Streets 2018. Open Streets is an event in Fort Collins where an entire three-mile stretch of neighborhood streets are closed off for local booths and citizens of Fort Collins to bike through. We were invited to be a part of it.

Nick was excited to have Awesome Advocate Samantha Strong as a part of the event this year because she’s funny, smart and she brought some speech devices so passers by could experience what it’s like to use a device to communicate. Samantha works for PRC and helps individuals use tools to help foster inclusive relationships with others. For more information on Samantha and PRC, you are invited to check out their website at Prentke Romich Company.

At our Awesome in Action booth, we had several fun activities that people could try. One of which was the Wheelchair Obstacle Race, where racers would hop in a manual wheelchair and race through an obstacle course. Many kids loved experiencing what it’s like to drive a wheelchair around.

Another one of our fun activities was trying out a speech device that our wonderful friend Samantha brought along. Nick thinks speech devices are awesome because he can tell stories, he can speak his mind, share favorite movie quotes and clips with his friends.

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We also got to roam around Open Streets with awesome Olivia catching a ride on the back of Nick’s wheelchair. Nick’s favorite part was using his speech device, named Percy, to talk to all of the people he passed by.

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Overall, we loved being a apart of Open Streets because it was so fun. We loved sharing the mission of Awesome in Action with the people of Fort Collins, and letting them experience how people of different abilities use different tools to get through life. We are looking forward to next year!

Paddling in Olaf

We’re all familiar with Frozen’s silly snowman, Olaf, by now, and his great dreams of relaxing in the summer sun…..

 orange-music-note-hiI’ll finally see
a summer breeze
Blow away a winter storm
And find out what happens to solid water
When it gets warm                            orange-music-note-hi

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Unfortunately, for him, it is not a reality, but for Nick and his Awesome team…. well…

 

 

last week, they got to go to Horsetooth Reservoir   in order to kayak with Adaptive Recreation Opportunities.

At the reservoir, Nick got to celebrate all things summer; relaxation, sunshine, and friends!

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Nick spent time with C.A.S.T. for Kids event planner, Bill, one of his favorite fishing buddies!

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Here he is with 2 of his favorite longtime friends, who love water sports just as much as he does!: Dolan and Hannah Williams-Doss.

 

 

Nick loved having another adventure on the reservoir with his newest friend, Taben Winter. They explored the whole cove, while successfully avoiding all of the dangers of the water (beavers, man-eating catfish, and killer snails!)  Nick says “Taben is great at paddling!”

 

IMG_1359A thank you to great folks at Adaptive Adventures- here is Chris…and his make-up guy!

 

 

 

 

It is important to remember to enjoy the seasons, and take advantage of what your surroundings have to offer.   This kind of thinking helps Nick and his team stay positive and work hard (when they are not playing!)

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Below is Nick’s bucket list for the summer.

  1. Go to 6 flags amusement park. Make my brother scream!!

  2. Play in the yard

  3. Swim at the beach

  4. Attend summer concerts

  5. Remain excited, happy, and cheerful

Don’t spend the summer melting away…take a few minutes to decide:

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What’s on your summer bucket list?