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 quality outdoor sports and therapeutic recreation programs that positively impact the lives of people with physical, cognitive, emotional, or behavioral challenges.

Main Programs

  1. Alpine, Nordic and Snowboard Competition Center
  2. Winter Therapeutic Programs
  3. Summer Therapeutic Programs
  4. Metro Denver Programs

service areas

National

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ruling year

1977

chief executive for fy 2012

Mrs. Becky Zimmermann

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Keywords

therapeutic recreation, adaptive sports, disability, youth, paralympic

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EIN

84-0738419

Physical Address

1801 Mile High Stadium Circle #1500

Denver, CO 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?

Impact statement

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

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

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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 Paralympian competitiors and medalists, we work with athletes from around the world, providing world-class facilities and coaching.

Category

Recreation & Sports

Budget

$487,332.00

Population Served

Disabled, General or Disability Unspecified

Program 2

Winter Therapeutic Programs

Winter therapeutic programs include Alpine & Nordic skiing, snowboarding, snowshoe and  hut trips. All are offered in the Winter Park, CO area.

Category

Recreation & Sports

Budget

$1,254,116.00

Population Served

Disabled, General or Disability Unspecified

Program 3

Summer Therapeutic Programs

Programs include hiking, camping, horseback riding, cycling, sailing, kayaking and fishing.

Category

Recreation & Sports

Budget

$418,779.00

Population Served

Disabled, General or Disability Unspecified

Program 4

Metro Denver Programs

Metro programs are offered both winter & summer. They include: rock climbing, indoor kayaking, canoeing, sports sampler camps and ability clinics (in conjuction with professional sports teams): Denver Nuggest basketball, Denver Broncos football, Colorado Mammoth lacrosse, Colorado Rapids soccer, Colorado Rockies baseball and Colorado Cutthroats hockey. Golf clinics are offered at the Sanctuary Golf Club.

Category

Recreation & Sports

Budget

$117,832.00

Population Served

Disabled, General or Disability Unspecified

service areas

National

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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. For example, a half-day ski lesson with the NSCD including rentals and lift ticket costs $60; a comparable lesson with Winter Park Ski School costs $125. The NSCD also maintains a scholarshp program to provide partial and full scholarships for qualifying participants. Donations to the NSCD are used to help us provide high-quality, low-cost programs, supporting activities such as rigorous instructor training, maintaining our adaptive equipment, and awarding scholarships.

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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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Operations

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National Sports Center for the Disabled, Inc.

Leadership

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CHIEF EXECUTIVE FOR FISCAL YEAR

Mrs. Becky Zimmermann

BIO

Prior to becoming the CEO of the NSCD in June of 2012, Becky was the President of Design Workshop, Inc. an international land planning and urban design firm. Becky has served as a NSCD volunteer and member of the Board of Trustees for over a decade. As the new leader of the organization, she brings experience in operations, marketing, finance and the resort industry.

STATEMENT FROM THE CEO

"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

Mr. Todd Fredrickson

Fisher & Phillips, LLP

Term: Nov 2011 - Oct 2013

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