We had the good fortune of connecting with Chelsea Elder and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Chelsea, is there something you can share with us that those outside of the industry might not be aware of?
Adaptive sports provides much more than the opportunity for individuals with physical disabilities to get outside and play. Adaptive sports helps individuals with physical disabilities to reach their greatest potential, to achieve greater independence, to recreate with family and friends, to lessen depression and negative coping behaviors, to reduce pain, to experience camaraderie, to live a healthy, active lifestyle, to find an inclusive community and to experience the beauty and awe of nature.

Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
I started volunteering for Adaptive Adventures in 2010 followed by becoming a staff member in 2014. I held a myriad of roles in the organization from data entry to office manager, to the military manager and have been the Executive Director for over three years. I am grateful for my journey with the organization because I was able to see all aspects before my role in leadership.

Adaptive Adventures offers a unique mobile program model traveling the country to serve unserved and underserved communities through adaptive sports. Not only does Adaptive Adventures provide transformative life experiences to individuals and their families but Adaptive Adventures also transforms communities by establishing sustainable community-led programs providing training, equipment, resources, and administrative support. Adaptive Adventures bridges community resources by building relationships for greater inclusion, collaboration, and support. Adaptive Adventures take pride in innovating new ways to remove barriers not only through equipment adaptations but also in program delivery.

Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
I would suggest checking out the whitewater park in Golden, it is one of my favorite places to surf on my paddleboard and play in the water. It is beautiful to walk up and down the river and head down the main streets of town for lunch. For those looking for accessible options, I would suggest trying out a track chair at Staunton State Park or camping at Wilderness on Wheels. Obviously, I would suggest checking out one of our programs whether that is a multi-sport day at Chatfield State Park, rock climbing in Poudre Canyon, skiing at SnoBahn or dragon boat racing on Sloans Lake.

Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
We would like to give a shoutout to the VA Adaptive Sports Grant, the DAV Charitable Service Trust and TriWest Healthcare Alliance for their incredible dedication to and support of our programs serving veterans and disabled members of the armed services and their families. With their support, we were able to expand our services and ensure the provision of programs in over 30 states each year.

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