Recreation, Sports, Leisure, Athletics

National Sports Center for the Disabled, Inc.

  • Denver, CO
  • www.nscd.org

Mission Statement

The mission of the National Sports Center for the Disabled (NSCD) is to enable the human spirit through therapeutic sport and recreation. We provide outdoor sports and therapeutic recreation programs that positively impact the lives of people with physical, cognitive, emotional, or behavioral diagnoses.

Main Programs

  1. Alpine, Nordic and Snowboard Competition Center
  2. Year-Round Therapeutic Recreation Programs
Service Areas

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National

The National Sports Center for the Disabled (NSCD) has offices in Denver and Winter Park, Colorado. Programs are offered in the Denver metro and the Winter Park/Grand County areas, with participants coming from across the US and the world.

ruling year

1977

Principal Officer since 2012

Self-reported

Ms. Becky Zimmermann

Keywords

Self-reported

therapeutic recreation, adaptive sports, disability, youth, paralympic

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EIN

84-0738419

Physical Address

1801 Mile High Stadium Circle #1500

Denver, 80204

Also Known As

NSCD

Contact

Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Other Recreation, Sports, or Leisure Activities N.E.C. (N99)

Services to Promote the Independence of Specific Populations (P80)

Youth Development Programs (O50)

IRS Filing Requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990 or 990-EZ.

Programs + Results

How does this organization make a difference?

Overview

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The NSCD's impact has been to open doors to outdoor recreation for individuals with disabilities and their families. This past year, we served 3800+ youth and adults participating in 23,500 lessons across 20 sports and outdoor activities. For many of our participants, we serve as their first introduction to the possibilities of physical activities and sports and we are happy to report that the large majority continue on to further participation in therapeutic recreation. Through specifically adpated programs, teaching techniques and equipment, we guide our participants to a greater understanding of their own physical abilities while simultaneously creating awareness among the general public and changing perceptions.

Programs

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What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Program 1

Alpine, Nordic and Snowboard Competition Center

The NSCD maintains one of the most successful alpine competition centers for athletes with disabilities in North America. Regularly producing Paralympic competitors and medalists, we work with athletes from around the world, providing world-class facilities and coaching.

Category

Recreation & Sports

Population(s) Served

Disabled, General or Disability Unspecified

Budget

Program 2

Year-Round Therapeutic Recreation Programs

Therapeutic recreation programs take place around Winter Park and the Denver Metro Area, Colorado, and include alpine & Nordic skiing, snowboarding, snowshoeing,  hut trips, biathlon, therapeutic horse riding, kayaking, canoeing, stand-up paddle boarding, rafting, sailing, rock climbing, the NSCD Moves! obstacle course, ability clinics (in partnership with professional sports teams such as the Denver Broncos, Colorado Rockies, Denver Nuggets, Colorado Avalanche, Denver Outlaws, and Colorado Rapids), and a variety of camps and custom programs.

Category

Recreation & Sports

Population(s) Served

Disabled, General or Disability Unspecified

Budget

Service Areas

Self-reported

National

The National Sports Center for the Disabled (NSCD) has offices in Denver and Winter Park, Colorado. Programs are offered in the Denver metro and the Winter Park/Grand County areas, with participants coming from across the US and the world.

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Funding Needs

While the benefits of therapeutic recreation are numerous, the challenges our participants and their families face in trying to maintain quality of life and care are often daunting. Census data consistently links having a family member with a disability with lower household income and high expenditures on related health care expenses. The NSCD underwrites a significant portion of the actual cost of providing programs, thereby keeping the fees to our participants well below market rates. On average, participant fees cover just 15% of the cost of running our programs. The NSCD also maintains a scholarship program to provide financial assistance for qualifying participants. Donations to the NSCD are used to help us provide high-quality, low-cost programs, making therapeutic recreation available for people with disabilities.

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NATIONAL SPORTS CENTER FOR THE DISABLED INC
Fiscal year: Nov 01-Oct 31
Yes, financials were audited by an independent accountant.

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National Sports Center for the Disabled, Inc.

Leadership

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Principal Officer

Ms. Becky Zimmermann

BIO

Becky Zimmermann joined the NSCD as President/CEO in June 2012. Prior to becoming the leader of the NSCD, Becky was the President of Design Workshop, an international land planning and urban design firm. Becky also served as a NSCD volunteer and member of the Board of Trustees for over a decade before becoming the CEO. Becky has 27 years of experience in business leadership and tourism/resort planning, an MBA from the University of Colorado, and BA degrees in Communications and Business from Trinity University. Becky is a member and former chair of the mayor-appointed Denver Commission for People with Disabilities. She is also a member of YPO/WPO.

STATEMENT FROM THE Principal Officer

"This letter came across my desk today: "I write this on behalf of my daughter, who is unable to speak, much less write a thank you note. She would say thank you for the scholarship that made it possible in a year where her parents could not have afforded it. Her story has just begun on skis, and it is thanks to a very devoted and caring staff who, in spite of my suggestion that we terminate the scholarship, insisted that they were not going to give up on her - that if she could walk, they felt surely she could ski.They put my fears to rest... and encouraged me to bring her up once more, because the process of teaching ANYONE to ski is just that - a process. I am not sure how to convey how meaningful it will be to participate as a family in something as wonderful as skiing down a mountain together... We wanted so much for my daughter to experience the joy of skiing, and we are so grateful to have found NSCD, who professionally but personally made that possible for her. Our thanks is not nearly adequate, but my daughter's smile after a day skiing is."

I am reminded that every effort by every person, no matter how small, can have a world of impact. Please help us continue our efforts to offer life-changing opportunities to individuals with disabilities and their families. In these difficult economic times, know that every donation counts and every dollar contributed helps build a foundation of lifelong exploration and adventure for our participants."

Governance

BOARD CHAIR

Ms. Marcia Benshoof

Full Tilt Strategies, Inc.

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