Five Things You May Not Know About the National Sports Center for the Disabled

NSCD_with type.jpg1.  The National Sports Center for the Disabled (NSCD) began in 1970 when a ski instructor at Winter Park Resort volunteered to teach a group of children with disabilities from The Children’s Hospital in Denver how to ski. Today, NSCD provides therapeutic recreation programs for people with disabilities of any age and any ability.

2.  In 2012, NSCD served almost 3,000 people of all ages with one or more of 40 different disabilities through 20,000 individual lessons in over 20 sports and outdoor activities. NSCD accommodates people with any form of disability, including: amputation, visual and hearing impairments, developmental disabilities, congenital disabilities, spine, head or limb injuries, and progressive illnesses.

3.  NSCD as a national leader in therapeutic recreation and 25 percent of their participants come from 49 states to participate in their programs. Programs are tailored to meet the needs of all skill levels from the novice (wanting an introduction to a sport) to world-class athletes in training for the Paralympic Games.

4.  With over 42 years of success, NSCD continues to serve as a model for other therapeutic programs nationally. They provide outreach and training for other programs in the U.S. and internationally.

5.  NSCD has 1,200 trained volunteers who are critical to their ability to provide 20,000 lessons at attainable prices. In fiscal year 2012, NSCD volunteers contributed over 32,500 volunteer hours. NSCD has volunteers from 17 different states; many with more than 15 years of service.​