National Ability Center's Summit Challenge benefits people with disabilities

Published 08/13 2014 05:48PM

Updated 08/13 2014 05:58PM

PARK CITY, Utah (ABC 4 Utah) - Saturday, August 23, Utahns will be coming together and strapping on their helmets for a good cause.

When: Saturday, August 23, 2014, 7:00 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.

Where: National Ability Center, 1000 Ability Way, Park City, UT

What: Summit Challenge / Benefit ride
  • The Summit Challenge is a community road ride through the scenic mountains and valleys of Wasatch and Summit Counties in Northern Utah.
  • Riders of all ages and abilities join together for this 102-, 52-, or 18-mile cycling event in support of the National Ability Center's mission.
  • Paid registration for the Summit Challenge allows the National Ability Center to offer the Summit Challenge to cyclists with a disability at no cost to them. More than 30 Wounded Warriors and 100 cyclists with a disability will be participating in the ride.
  • Riders also participate by forming teams and gathering supporters to help raise awareness and funds for programs at the National Ability Center.
  • Community supporters play a big role in the success of the Summit Challenge each year. From corporate sponsorships to rest stop volunteers, there are always opportunities for companies, groups and individuals to connect with the mission of the National Ability Center.
  • Proceeds benefit the National Ability Center, a non-profit organization located in Park City, Utah with a mission of empowering individuals of all abilities by building self-esteem, confidence and lifetime skills through sport, recreation and educational programs.
  • As a global leader, the National Ability Center provides more than a dozen adaptive recreational programs specifically designed for participants with varied abilities and is supported within a nationally-recognized and fully-accessible facility.
  • Each year, the National Ability Center provides programming to more than 3,000 individuals with disabilities and their family members through 20,000 unique adaptive recreation lessons.
Who (we serve): 
  • The National Ability Center programs serve children, adults, families and U.S. injured active duty and veteran military service members.
  • Programs are designed for people of all abilities, including those with physical, sensory and intellectual disabilities as well as those impacted by serious illness.
  • Last year, participants came from all 50 states and 6 countries. These programs provide a gateway for healing. It is imperative to build capacity to meet the growing demands for these types of programs. Families who do not know where to turn and who need transformation rely on us to redirect them from sinking to achieving in the face of new challenges.

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