KILLINGTON, Vt. – Erin Fernandez, executive director of Vermont Adaptive Ski and Sports, the nationally recognized year-round organization offering daily adaptive sports programs to people with any disability, recently announced that the organization is officially underway with the final phases of its Home Sweet Home Permanent Homes Campaign and plans to break ground on a new state-of-the-art $1.7 million adaptive sports facility at Mt. Ellen at Sugarbush Resort in spring 2019.
Friends and participants of Vermont Adaptive’s programs at Sugarbush have pledged a generous challenge to match every dollar up to $1 million for the Sugarbush facility. Sugarbush officials have donated use of the land necessary to build upon. Permitting for the project is in progress.
“People with disabilities are more likely to have other health issues like heart disease, stroke, or diabetes which is why it is so important to provide programs for people to be active and live a healthy lifestyle,” said Fernandez. “This new facility allows us to grow and expand our existing programs and to serve more athletes with disabilities in the Mad River Valley and in Central Vermont, for those vacationing in Vermont, and beyond. More programs like wellness and environmental camps, plus retreats, social events, training seminars, and sport specific programs will be added to serve more people. Additional storage and maintenance spaces allow us to increase equipment capacity. The opportunities are limitless. In designing these facilities we thoughtfully consider and include features that focus on inclusion, adaptability and the participant’s overall experience. It’s a special and exciting time for us as we plant permanent roots in Central and Northern Vermont.”
Architectural plans, renderings, and permitting began in spring 2018 for the new 4,000-square-foot adaptive sports facility. Plans for the Sugarbush facility were designed by Jeff Dunham Architecture.
“We are thrilled to be partnering with Vermont Adaptive in their efforts to build a new adaptive sports facility here at Mt. Ellen,” said Win Smith, president of Sugarbush Resort. “We believe in the great work of Vermont Adaptive and provide full support to realize their vision.”
Fundraising is underway with a total goal of $4 million to build, open, and sustain this facility at Sugarbush, a new permanent home on the Burlington Waterfront and Bike Path, and to create a sustainability fund to support these programs and facilities into the future.
At press time, Vermont Adaptive had received multiple donations and pledges from a variety of supporters including significant seed money from individuals, businesses, and families totaling approximately $275,000.
Everyone at all levels of giving – large and small – will have an opportunity to be included, recognized, and to make an impact on these very special places. Donors can designate gifts to one of the projects or to the campaign goal as a whole.
To donate or inquire about naming opportunities, contact Fernandez at 802-353-8129 or firstname.lastname@example.org; or Maggie Burke at 802-786-4991 ext. 30 or email@example.com. Donors can give online at Vermont Adaptive’s website. For more information about the permanent homes campaign, visit www.vermontadaptive.org/permanent-homes.