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Skiers with disabilities hit the slopes during 12th annual Great Lakes Mono-Ski Madness and Race Camp

DULUTH, Minn. 02/16/2015

Courage Kenny Rehabilitation Institute – Northland is proud to host the 12th annual Great Lakes Mono-Ski and Race Camp, Feb. 24-27, at Spirit Mountain Ski Resort. The event is the largest adapted learn-to-ski event in the Midwest.

This program, led by Courage Kenny Rehabilitation Institute's Sports and Recreation Department, works with participants to advance their mono-skiing skills as well as gain confidence to become independent skiers. Daily clinics are followed by evening analysis of video of skiers filmed earlier that day.

"This amazing event brings together skiers and instructors from across the Midwest to work with skiers to sharpen their mono-skiing skills," said Eric Larson, supervisor, Sports & Recreation, Courage Kenny Rehabilitation Institute. "It’s a great way for people with disabilities, ages 8 and up, to receive high level of mono-ski instruction."

The goal is to become independent, high-functioning mono skiers who test their skills during race competition on the final day. Participants learn valuable tips to improve their skiing and try out the latest adaptive equipment.

They also get a chance to socialize with peers. Over the three days, participants learn from, and ski with, Olympic- and Paralympic-caliber skiers. Skiing skills are critiqued by ski instructors and peers. For many, the experiences at this event lead to life-long participation in sports and a healthier lifestyle.

Mono-ski and Race Camp is made possible by these sponsors: Miller-Dwan Foundation, Disabled Sports USA–Warfighter Grant, National Bank of Commerce, Maurices, Adaptive Adventures, Coloplast, Breckenridge Outdoor Education Center, Spirit Mountain Ski Resort and Edge Water Park and Resort.

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