Recreation, Sports, Leisure, Athletics

National Sports Center for the Disabled, Inc.

aka NSCD

Denver, CO

Mission

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

Ruling Year

1977

President & CEO

Kimberle Easton

Main Address

1801 Mile High Stadium Circle #1500

Denver, CO 80204 USA

Keywords

therapeutic recreation, adaptive sports, disability, youth, paralympics, veterans, Colorado

EIN

84-0738419

 Number

0469130459

Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Amateur Sports Clubs, Leagues, N.E.C. (N60)

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Programs + Results

What we aim to solve New!

The issues that the NSCD addresses are two-fold:

1. People with disabilities largely lack access to sports and other outdoor activities. During an average week, people with disabilities are twice as likely to be physically inactive as people without disabilities, according to the President's Council on Fitness, Sports & Nutrition. A lack of access to sports and recreation activities also leaves people with disabilities feeling isolated from their communities and from the activities that their peers enjoy.

2. Individuals with disabilities face a variety of obstacles that can reduce their chance of living productive and fulfilling lives. Census data shows that working-age Coloradoans with disabilities are twice as likely to be unemployed and twice as likely to have failed to complete high school as Coloradoans without disabilities. There is a need for programs that help individuals with disabilities to develop life skills and independence.

Our programs

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

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Therapeutic Recreation Programs

Competition Center

Where we workNew!

Our Results

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one. These quantitative program results are self-reported by the organization, illustrating their committment to transparency, learning, and interest in helping the whole sector learn and grow.

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Number of participants engaged in programs

TOTALS BY YEAR
Population(s) served

People with disabilities

Number of customers reporting satisfaction with program

TOTALS BY YEAR
Population(s) served

People with disabilities

Number of lessons taught

TOTALS BY YEAR
Population(s) served

People with disabilities

Percent of participants who achieve their therapeutic goals

TOTALS BY YEAR
Population(s) served

People with disabilities

Percent of participants who improve their confidence and self-esteem

TOTALS BY YEAR
Population(s) served

People with disabilities

Context notes

Note: we are working on improving our evaluation methods. We do not actually think this result has changed significantly.

Percent of participants who improve their quality of life

TOTALS BY YEAR
Population(s) served

People with disabilities

Context notes

Note: we are working on improving our evaluation methods. We do not actually think this result has changed significantly.

Percent of participants who report an increased likelihood of participating in sports in the future

TOTALS BY YEAR
Population(s) served

People with disabilities

Charting Impact

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

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What is the organization aiming to accomplish?

What are the organization's key strategies for making this happen?

What are the organization's capabilities for doing this?

How will they know if they are making progress?

What have and haven't they accomplished so far?

The mission of the NSCD is to enable the human spirit through therapeutic sport and recreation. To achieve this mission, the NSCD works to improve the lives of people with disabilities in two ways, tied to the two issues cited above:

1. The NSCD provides access to recreational and competitive adaptive sports in Colorado for people with all diagnoses, of all ability levels, and of all income levels. This access enables people with disabilities to discover activities that they can enjoy and share with others for the rest of their lives. Furthermore, adaptive sports engage participants in their communities through popular outdoor activities.

2. The NSCD helps participants to achieve individual therapeutic goals that have a long-term impact on their health, skills, and independence. A man with a spinal cord injury, for example, may have a goal of developing the upper body strength to transfer himself from wheelchair to sit ski without assistance. In another case, the parents of a child with autism may have a goal for their daughter to make a friend through the NSCD's rock climbing program. In both of these examples, as for every NSCD participant, the NSCD helps people with disabilities to work toward therapeutic goals that have a significant impact on their lives outside of the NSCD.

The NSCD's strategies are informed by many years as a leader in therapeutic recreation and adaptive sports. The NSCD was founded in 1970 when Hal O'Leary, a ski instructor at Winter Park Resort, volunteered to teach a group of children with amputations from Children's Hospital Colorado. Hal quickly discovered the great demand for a ski program for people with disabilities and became a pioneer in the field, creating custom equipment and designing methodologies for teaching people with disabilities. In the 48 years since Hal taught that first adaptive ski lesson, the NSCD has grown into an internationally renowned adaptive sports and therapeutic recreation agency.

Today, the NSCD's approach is driven by the same spirit of innovation that inspired the organization's founding. NSCD instructors and coaches are all highly trained in adaptive sports instruction and experienced in working with people with disabilities. Through providing expert and compassionate instruction, customized adaptive equipment, access to the best adventure sports venues, and even transportation to and from programs when needed, the NSCD breaks down barriers so that every person with a disability can participate. NSCD instructors customize instruction in every lesson to fit the needs and goals of each participant. Utilizing the principles of the field of therapeutic recreation, NSCD instructors also help every participant to achieve meaningful therapeutic outcomes that have a long-term impact on participants' health, life skills, independence, and well-being. NSCD programs are designed for regular and repeated participation so that individuals can develop relationships with their instructors, improve their sports skills, and make therapeutic progress.

The NSCD has been providing programs for people with disabilities for 48 years, with a strong track record of having the capacity to run and support high-quality programs. The NSCD has highly trained and experienced instructors and coaches, a passionate corps of over 1,000 volunteers, a range of adaptive equipment, a fleet of vehicles for transporting participants and instructors, and a 2,100 square-foot adaptive equipment lab.

The NSCD also has a unique approach to community partnerships. In the NSCD's 2018 budget, nearly one third of revenue comes from in-kind contributions in the form of facility use, lift tickets, IT support, general counsel, and other goods and services. NSCD leaders have intentionally made the decision not to construct or manage a program facility, instead utilizing community and partner ski slopes, lakes, rivers, climbing walls, and parks to provide programming for participants in their own communities without the cost of maintaining facilities. Partnerships with Winter Park Resort and the Denver Broncos provide the NSCD with office space, equipment storage, and substantial operational support. These in-kind contributions allow donations from other funders to primarily support NSCD program expenses rather than contributing to facilities costs and other indirect expenses.

The NSCD evaluates success both quantitatively and qualitatively. The organization measures the effect of programs based on the number of lives impacted, participant satisfaction, participants' progress toward individual goals, participant survey responses, and participant/family testimonials. The NSCD gathers participant feedback through surveys and uses therapeutic records to track participants' results over the course of their participation. Since the therapeutic aspect of the NSCD's programs is central to the organization's mission, it is important that participants achieve measurable results. The NSCD also values the testimonials and informal feedback received from participants and their families on a regular basis.

The NSCD was a pioneer in the field of adaptive sports when the organization was founded in 1970, and the NSCD has now been providing recreational and competitive adaptive sports programs for 48 years. In 2017, the NSCD improved the lives of over 3,700 individuals with disabilities in over 19,000 therapeutic adaptive sports lessons. Participants reported a high level of satisfaction with the NSCD as well as significant improvements to their health, skills, and quality of life.

As the NSCD approaches the 50-year milestone, organization leaders are currently conducting extensive strategic planning to position the organization to improve the lives of people with disabilities for many more years. The NSCD will continue to operate programs in Grand County and the Denver metro area, Colorado for the foreseeable future. Over the next few years, the NSCD plans to implement improvements and innovation in programs, equipment, volunteer programs, customer service, and financial sustainability. Major initiatives will include implementing newer technology for reservations, upgrading program equipment, renovating the NSCD's Winter Park facility to maximize operational space, and continuing to build a team of talented, passionate professionals.

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National Sports Center for the Disabled, Inc.

Fiscal year: Nov 01 - Oct 31

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Operations

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Board Leadership Practices

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SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

BOARD ORIENTATION & 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?

Yes

ETHICS & 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