Challenge Alaska (CA) is a non-profit organization that provides sports and therapeutic recreation opportunities for those with disabilities. Challenge Alaska believes that everyone, regardless of physical ability, should have an equal chance at recreational opportunities.
Exhilarating physical recreation is crucial aspect of early rehabilitation and life-long well-being. It is an important track to improved mobility, increased self-confidence, and development of specific skills. We hope to give our participants the skills and confidence needed to eventually partake in these activities independently.
Challenge Alaska improves the quality of life for people with disabilities and the whole community through adaptive sports, therapeutic recreation, and education.
Participation in Challenge Alaska's programs helps people break down the barriers that may exist for them in many aspects of life. We accomplish this by building confidence and security, creating an infrastructure for support, increasing mobility, and improving health. CA's mission promotes education, social development and involvement, employment, and the ultimate goal of independence.
Challenge Alaska was established at Alyeska Resort in Girdwood, Alaska in 1980. Since then, professionally trained staff have taught downhill ski techniques to people of all ages who have a physical or mental disability. CA built and currently operates the International Sports, Recreation and Education center near the base of Chair 3 on Mt. Alyeska.
Challenge Alaska strives to offer more recreation options for people with disabilities. Some of these include book club, cooking, sea kayaking, river rafting, fishing, camping, theater classes, horseback riding, hiking, guitar lessons, cycling, pottery classes, canoeing, and skiing. Recently we organized the first sled hockey team in Alaska!
It comes down to this: if you dream it, we can help you achieve it. Challenge Alaska serves people of all ages and abilities including but not limited to: Down Syndrome, mental illness, cerebral palsy, amputations, spinal cord injuries, and traumatic brain injuries. No one is denied participation due to an inability to pay.
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