One hundred adaptive sport providers spent three days learning, sharing, and getting inspired at the annual Adapt2Achieve Leadership Conference in Denver, Colorado May 20-22, 2018.  The event was made possible through the generous support of the Bob Woodruff Foundation and was hosted in partnership with our local chapter, the National Sports Center for the Disabled. DSUSA chapters Adaptive Adventures and Northeast Passage were also key contributors to the event, as well as our partners at PsychArmor, Paradox Sports, and PATH International.

The event brought together community-based sports organizations for a unique educational opportunity that aims to develop and strengthen the adaptive sport industry. Sessions covered best practices for program administrators and featured opportunities for hands-on, practical training exercises. Many learning objectives were tailored to practical operational and leadership tools for the DSUSA chapter network to support safe and effective adaptive sports programming in their communities.

The conference was a wonderful opportunity to enjoy camaraderie and learning in a casual environment, with numerous opportunities for professional development and networking. Attendees went home with fresh ideas and new strategies to take their program to the next level. If you have questions about the conference, please email Julianne Mills or call 301-217-9839. Click here to learn more about next year’s conference.

Top 5 Highlights
5 PATH International CEO Kathy Alm delivered two top-notch sessions on board management. One attendee writes on the session evaluation: “This presentation was my favorite. It was engaging, relevant, and Kathy clearly is an expert! She is such an excellent resource!! SO MANY TAKEAWAYS! I loved seeing where our organization fell in Kathy’s 5 stages.”


4 Attendees went on an excursion to the picturesque Clear Creek Canyon for the Adaptive Climbing Experiential Introduction. The recently completed pathway makes the crag at Fiscal Cliffs uniquely accessible. Experts from the National Sports Center for the Disabled, Adaptive Adventures, and Paradox Sports teamed up to deliver this dynamic session that included hands-on experience with adaptive equipment and climbing techniques.

3 Attendees showed off their “ninja skills” on NSCD Moves!, a custom-designed accessible obstacle course hosted by staff from the National Sports Center for the Disabled. The fierce, yet friendly, competition produced 4 winners: Finest Flair – Male (David Jones, Florida Disabled Outdoors Association); Finest Flair – Female (Cynthia Needham, Friends of Stowe Adaptive Sports); Fastest Male – (Tom Hall, Friends of Stowe Adaptive Sports); Fastest Female – (Greta Wintersteen, STAR Association). Winners went home with bragging rights and some pretty sweet prizes!


2 Adaptive Adventures took us dragon boat racing at Sloan’s Lake Park. The Denver skies treated us to a break from the rain, and a most spectacular sunset. Members of the Adaptive Adventures dragon boat racing team helped keep our boats upright and going strong!


1 Closing keynote featuring US Paralympic medalist, Brittani Coury. Brittani shared with us her journey to the podium, with special recognition to the coaches who believed in her and made all the difference in her career. We laughed, we cried, and we bowed down to this 5-foot-2-inch powerhouse. Brittani topped off her speech by inviting attendees to check out her silver medal and she shared some hidden talents with us!

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Agenda at a Glance
General Sessions
Breakout Sessions

Registration Information
Travel, Transportation, & Lodging
Evening Activities
What to Bring
Continuing Education



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If you have questions about this or future conferences, please email Julianne Mills or call 301-217-9839.