About the NSCD
In 1970, the National Sports Center for the Disabled (NSCD) was formed to provide skiing opportunities for children with amputations from Children’s Hospital of Denver, Colorado. In the decades since, the NSCD has blossomed to become one of the largest, most recognized leaders in adaptive therapeutic recreation both nationally and globally.
Now based at Sports Authority Field at Mile High Stadium in Denver, the NSCD serves over 3,000 children and adults annually. These participants are individuals with a variety of physical, cognitive, emotional, and/or behavioral disabilities and conditions. The organization’s mission is to enable participants’ spirits through therapeutic sports and recreation, teaching them about both sports and their own abilities to play and compete. It accomplishes this by providing leadership, education and expertise in all facets of adaptive sports and performance.
The NSCD features a staff of 36 full-time, expertly trained employees, as well as over 1,300 volunteers from across the state. Full-time and volunteer staff hold numerous credentials and certifications, while the organization itself has several outfitter guide permits, as well as memberships with multiple national governing bodies. Additional training seminars are also provided to volunteers. Finally, nearby Winter Park Resort has generously donated office space and a state-of-the-art equipment room where the NSCD participants gear up for outdoor adventures; in Winter Park alone, the NSCD gives more than 22,000 lessons annually.
The NSCD provides year-round and seasonal programming to individuals, families, and groups of all ages, abilities, and experience levels, from beginner to advanced. Year-round programming is provided for rock climbing and kayaking. Winter programs cover alpine skiing, snowboarding, snowshoeing, ski racing, and cross country skiing and hut (what is a hut trip? Never heard of it!) trips. Spring and summer offerings include canoeing, therapeutic horseback riding, mountain biking, and camping. Finally, the NSCD creates and runs Sport Ability Clinics, specialty camps, and tailored activities for specific groups year-round.