Terri Messer's Page


27th Annual Ski-A-Thon

Newry, Maine

Terri Messer's Page

Hi Friends --

Thank you for visiting my Personal Fundraising Page for the Maine Adaptive Sports and Recreation program’s  27th annual Ski-A-Thon on March 24 at Sunday River Ski Resort. It’s my fourth year volunteering as a ski and golf instructor and also my fourth year raising funds for this worthwhile program that provides FREE, year-round adaptive recreation programs for children and adults with physical disabilities.

Now celebrating its 30th year, Maine Handicapped Skiing has a new name – Maine Adaptive Sports and Recreation – to better reflect the many different year-round programs it offers.  The largest FREE, year-round adaptive recreation program in the Eastern United States for children and adults with physical disabilities, Maine Adaptive offers downhill and cross country skiing, snowboarding, alpine racing snowshoeing, golf, cycling, kayaking, canoeing and fishing. The Veteran/No Boundaries program provides free winter and summer adaptive recreation to veterans and active duty military personnel with physical disabilities and their families. Last year more than 300 volunteers donated their time and expertise to provide 5,000 lessons throughout the year.  This year a new, donated van allows the winter program to expand beyond Sunday River and Sugarloaf to other ski areas such as Saddleback, Black Mountain of Maine and the Camden Snow Bowl to reach out to even more participants throughout the state.

I continue to find my involvement in the Maine Adaptive Sports program extremely rewarding.  Committed to becoming the best ski instructor I can be, I earned my Level 1 Alpine Adaptive certification from the Professional Ski Instructors of America last winter. (I earned my Level 1 Alpine certification in 2010.) I have also continued as a volunteer instructor in the summer golf program. Helping physically challenged students to enjoy the outdoors during both the winter and summer continues to enrich my life and inspires me to continually challenge myself.

Last year the Ski-A-Thon raised more than $320,000, about 60% of the operating budget. With everyone’s help, hopefully we can raise that same amount or even more, despite an economic downturn. Last year I set an ambitious personal goal of raising $3,500 and thanks to my many friends and supporters I was able to reach the goal. I am once again on a team representing my condo association. Last year Team Merrill Brook raised $10,809, winning the “Condo Cup” category. This year I am once again aiming to raise $3,500 and hope you will help me reach this goal. Donating through this site is simple, fast and totally secure. It is also the most efficient way to make a contribution. However, if you prefer, you can mail me a check at 31 Oakmont Drive, Falmouth, ME 04105, made out to “Maine Adaptive Sports and Recreation.” If you wish to remain anonymous, just let me know.

With your generous support Maine Adaptive can continue to serve children and adults with physical disabilities who want to experience the joys, challenges and confidence-building of sports and recreation participation through this FREE program

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