Meet our Athletes
Annually, some fifty athletes of all ages and ability take part in our programs. Many receive full or partial scholarships so they can join their 8 week School Ski and Ride Programs. Others, receive financial assistance to ski independently on the mountain, or pursue dreams in the pool, in the lake, and soon, on the climbing wall. We hope that you will enjoy getting to know this handful of recipients who presently receive financial assistance from FOSAS. Next time you see them around, please say hello! And if you feel so inclined, help us continue to support them by making a donation.
After a second stroke left her with substantial physical deficiencies on her right side, Jamie didn’t think she was ever going to be able to do “normal” sports again. In the winter of 2015, Friends of Stowe Adaptive Sports awarded her first ski scholarship. With a lot of hard work and perseverance, Jamie learned how to ski again, and adapt to her new “normal” body. In 2017, FOSAS awarded her a swim scholarship with Just Ducky Aquatics to help her boost her confidence in the pool. Today, Jamie swims four nights a week with her local swim club and competes in regular swim meets throughout Central and Northern Vermont during the winter.
For this young man who has cerebral palsy and is totally blind, skiing is all about the sensory experience. It is about being outside, riding the chairlift when snowflakes hit his face, feeling the wind at the top of Mt. Mansfield, and the thrill and acceleration of zooming downhill… This past summer, Patrick discovered a new passion when he participated in FOSAS adaptive paddling boarding program at Lake Elmore.
“FOSAS has given me a childhood full of positive experiences,” comments Dan, an enthusiastic sixteen year-old young man. “Starting with private ski lessons I received top notch instruction from many different coaches. Developing sound skills put me in the right direction to falling in love with the sport of skiing, which pushed me to reach for more later in life.”
In October of 2006, Eileen was diagnosed with bone cancer and had to undergo an immediate below knee amputation. As a 48 year old die-hard skier and daily runner, she was devastated. Losing the ability to ski and run was worse than the physical loss of her leg. Today, thanks to Friends of Stowe Adaptive Sports, she is back on top of the mountain skiing with her prosthetic leg. “Every time I cruise down the mountain, I know I am the happiest person on the mountain,” exclaims Eileen, who is also giving it forward by sitting on the FOSAS Board of Directors.
TJ thrives on being active and being around others. Skiing at Stowe Mountain Resort, and paddle boarding at Lake Elmore in FOSAS’ adaptive programs offer him both. He has been an active participant and scholarship recipient since 2015, and hitting the slopes weekly is always the highlight of T.J.s week. Seeing him so happy and involved is also something that his family is extremely grateful for.