ADAPTIVE SPORTS FOUNDATION INC

Empowering lives through adaptive sports

aka A.S.F.   |   Windham, NY   |  www.adaptivesportsfoundation.org

Mission

Empower lives through adaptive sports.

Ruling year info

2000

Executive Director

Ray Curtis

Main address

PO Box 266

Windham, NY 12496 USA

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Formerly known as

Disabled Ski Program at Ski Windham

EIN

14-1823155

NTEE code info

Recreational and Sporting Camps (Day, Overnight, etc.) (N20)

Sports Training Facilities (N40)

Winter Sports (Snow and Ice) (N68)

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

ASF students are five years of age and older and live with disabilities ranging from relatively mild learning disabilities to more severe disabilities such as paralysis, autism, amputation, cerebral palsy and traumatic brain injury.

Founded in 1984, the Foundation's work promotes physical activity for children and adults with disabilities. ASF students are five years of age and older and live with disabilities ranging from relatively mild learning disabilities to more severe disabilities such as paralysis, autism, amputation, cerebral palsy and traumatic brain injury.

Winter recreation programs are offered on an individual and group basis from December through March and feature alpine skiing and snowboarding. ASF has a very active competition program, preparing athletes for Paralympic and Special Olympic competition.

Our summer military programs teach veterans golf, recreational and competitive canoeing and kayaking, cycling, stand up paddle boarding and personal fitness.

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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

Warriors in Motion®

The ASF’s Warriors in Motion® (WIM) program provides participating injured United States servicemen and women with a basic knowledge and practice of wellness and the importance of lifelong healthy living. Each event includes adaptive sports and nutrition instruction as well as other healthful practices such as yoga, and stress reduction techniques. Over the course of the event, there is also time for the participants to connect with each other. We view the time that veterans spend together as an essential part of their healing. All Warriors in Motion programs are goal oriented and empower warrior, to take charge of their own fitness and wellness.

Population(s) Served
Veterans

The Adaptive Sports Foundation’s competition program is open to advanced skiers or riders who are interested in developing their race skills and are seeking a group training atmosphere.

Competition Racing Program

Paralympic Sport Club Windham is a program of the ASF conducted in partnership with United States Paralympics, and is open to Paralympic eligible athletes who are seeking to become nationally and internationally competitive.

Recreational Racing Program

The ASF Race Program provides a seasonal weekend racing program for skiers and snowboarders with cognitive or physical disabilities, whose aspirations are more recreational in nature. These athletes compete in the Special Olympics and Catskill Mountain series events through the United States of America Snowboard and Freeski Association (USASA). Some will go on to compete in regional and national races.

Population(s) Served
People with disabilities
Adults

The Adaptive Sports Foundation’s work promotes physical activity for children and adults with disabilities by offering winter activities for recreational skiing and snowboarding.

Population(s) Served
People with disabilities
Veterans

Where we work

Awards

Not for Profit Organization of the Year 2013

Northern Greater Catskills Chamber of Commerce

Affiliations & memberships

Association of Fundraising Professionals - Member 2000

American National Red Cross 2000

Professional Ski Instructors of America Member School 2020

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Number of lessons taught

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Context Notes

Lesson Number is down in 2020 due to closure from March - August as a result of the COVID-19 Pandemic.

Number of new clients within the past 12 months

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

People with disabilities, Chronically ill people, Military personnel, Veterans

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Number of volunteers

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Number of participants attending course/session/workshop

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

People with disabilities, Chronically ill people, Military personnel, Veterans

Related Program

Winter ski and snowboard program

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Our Sustainable Development Goals

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

1. Develop strategic partnerships in areas of programming, education and fundraising.
2. Maintain, develop and expand the current base of volunteer and staff talent.
3. Develop a consistent brand that is recognized nationally and internationally.
4. Deliver consistent communications across all areas of the organization.
5. Deliver high quality programs in a professional first class manner while maintaining sense of a close-knit community.
6. Research, develop and deliver new programs based on the needs of key populations served.
7. Develop a stable and diversified financial portfolio to support organizational and program growth.

Initiatives-Business Planning

Programs
• Conduct market feasibility studies related to summer programming in the areas of populations to serve, sports to offer and geography of the programs.
• Conduct market feasibility studies related to winter programming in the areas of offering more sports as the resort expands its offerings.
• Develop future program plans based on feasibility studies with implantation in 24 months
• Develop new strategic partnerships.

People
• Develop a structure for a volunteer category for fundraising activities.
• Develop a structure and avenue for parents/families to give input to the organization and programs.
• Develop avenue for volunteer representation to organization's leadership.
• Develop succession planning and professional development planning among key staff positions/personnel.
• Sustain current volunteer numbers in the winter programs
• Sustain and continue to improve current volunteer training programs

Communications
• Provide clear, transparent and consistent internal and external communications to all ASF stakeholders.
• Research the feasibility of a new branding concept for the ASF.
• Develop annual organizational benchmarks and measurement tools to assess organizational and staff performance.

Facilities, Equipment and Technology

• Develop and conduct tracking/feedback system for students, families and volunteers that compile demographics, satisfaction, and overall impact.
• Maintain the high quality and accessibility of the Gwen Adaptive Sports Center.
• Maintain an up to date and state of the art compliment of sporting equipment needed to meet the needs of students and programs.
• Maintain and build long term maintenance fund.
• Maintain high levels of safety standards and procedures.
• Research feasibility and availability of additional facilities to meet future student and program need.

Finance
• Maintain 80% or more of each dollar directed to program and services.
• Conduct feasibility study for an endowment campaign.
• Develop future programs that contribute positive revenue to the annual operations budget.
• Develop stable and reoccurring sources of revenue.

1. 30 years experience in teaching adaptive sports
2. Highly committed and experienced staff who on average has been with the organization for six years
3. 8,000 square foot adaptive sports center located slopeside to Windham Mountain
4. 30 year partnerships with Windham Mountain
5. 3 year partnership with the Wounded Warrior Project
6. Past success in helping establish adaptive sport programs at the Double H Hole in the Woods Ranch and West Point Military Academy
7. Numerous professional affiliations with various national sport organizations including Disabled Sports USA, US Paralympics, Professional Ski Instructors of America, American Association of Snowboard Instructors, and American Canoe Association.
8. Nationally recognized competition program with two national and internationally competitive athletes

1. Two Paralympic athletes training at the Adaptive Sports Foundation
2. Renewed partnership with Wounded Warrior Project to serve wounded warriors
3. Creation of a staff position dedicated to fundraising and marketing
4. Upgraded lesson reservation system so wait list can be managed effectively and efficiently during Winter Programs when demand for services is at the highest.
5. Volunteer recruitment revised so we are recruiting volunteers who have the skills needed to meet demand particularly in winter programs

How we listen

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Seeking feedback from people served makes programs more responsive and effective. Here’s how this organization is listening.

done We demonstrated a willingness to learn more by reviewing resources about feedback practice.
done We shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • Who are the people you serve with your mission?

    We serve our participants (individuals with disabilities from age 5+) and their families, our volunteers and donors.

  • How is your organization collecting feedback from the people you serve?

    SMS text surveys, Electronic surveys (by email, tablet, etc.), Focus groups or interviews (by phone or in person), Community meetings/Town halls, Constituent (client or resident, etc.) advisory committees, Suggestion box/email,

  • How is your organization using feedback from the people you serve?

    To identify and remedy poor client service experiences, To identify bright spots and enhance positive service experiences, To make fundamental changes to our programs and/or operations, To inform the development of new programs/projects, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve, To understand people's needs and how we can help them achieve their goals,

  • What significant change resulted from feedback?

    Our volunteers asked for a more streamlined process for on boarding paperwork, lesson evaluation submission and more online training options. We were able to more 90% of our paperwork for volunteers online, our lesson evaluations were moved from paper to an online form filled out via iPads made available to the volunteers at the end of lessons and more online and remote training options were made available. Participants/Caregivers asked for more online options when making reservations which we were able to accommodate making the lesson reservation process more user friendly. We used upgrades in technology to make the check in process easier as well as started a ambassador program to help new students and families navigate the lesson check in process easier.

  • With whom is the organization sharing feedback?

    The people we serve, Our staff, Our board, Our funders, Our community partners,

  • Which of the following feedback practices does your organization routinely carry out?

    We collect feedback from the people we serve at least annually, We aim to collect feedback from as many people we serve as possible, We take steps to ensure people feel comfortable being honest with us, We look for patterns in feedback based on demographics (e.g., race, age, gender, etc.), We look for patterns in feedback based on people’s interactions with us (e.g., site, frequency of service, etc.), We engage the people who provide feedback in looking for ways we can improve in response, We act on the feedback we receive, We tell the people who gave us feedback how we acted on their feedback,

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    We don't have any major challenges to collecting feedback,

Financials

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The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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ADAPTIVE SPORTS FOUNDATION INC

Board of directors
as of 6/16/2021
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Vince Passione

LendKey

Term: 2017 -

Robert Luckow

Spear, Leeds & Kellogg (Ret.)

Harvey Silverman Silverman

Spear, Leeds & Kellogg (Ret.)

Raymond Gilmartin

Bank of Nova Scotia

Robert Stubbs

RWS Investments

Pamela Greene

Adaptive Sports Foundation

Gwen Allard

Retired ASF Founder

Michael Fee

Russell Huntington

Huntington Bailey LLP

Robert O'Hara

Goldman Sachs (Ret)

Moreen Carey

Auction Committee Chairperson

Kevin O'Connor

Point Capital Partners

James Beha

Allegaert Berger & Vogel

Jim Barnes

FITCO Moving and Warehousing

Thomas Ryan

BNP Paribas

Vince Passione

LendKey

Charlie McGuffog

Mark Davis

Party City

William Lawson

Shoe-Inn

Kevin Sheridan

Mayer Brown LLP

Eileen O'Connor

Glen Kunofsky

NNN Properties

Dan Gilbert

Colony Northstar, Inc.

Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Not applicable
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? No

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 6/16/2021,

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? GuideStar partnered on this section with CHANGE Philanthropy and Equity in the Center.

Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Gender identity
Male
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

No data

Gender identity

 

Sexual orientation

No data

Disability

No data

Equity strategies

Last updated: 06/16/2021

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Data
  • We review compensation data across the organization (and by staff levels) to identify disparities by race.
  • We have long-term strategic plans and measurable goals for creating a culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.
Policies and processes
  • We seek individuals from various race backgrounds for board and executive director/CEO positions within our organization.
  • We have community representation at the board level, either on the board itself or through a community advisory board.