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History Of Disabled Sports Eastern Sierra


Disabled Sports Eastern Sierra (DSES) was originally founded as Mammoth Adaptive Sports Foundation in 2000. The original program was dedicated to raising money and promoting adaptive programs in the Eastern Sierra such as Freedom in Motion and the Mammoth Adaptive Sports School. Mammoth Adaptive Sports Foundation started with a vision to create opportunities to develop life skills through participation in adaptive sports.

In 2003, we changed our name to Disabled Sports Eastern Sierra, created a new mission and our own winter adaptive sports school that provides daily ski, snowboard, and nordic ski instruction. We also supply adaptive sports equipment for people with disabilities. Our program is designed to enable people with disabilities to enhance their life skills and to improve their overall health through participation in therapeutic recreation in the Eastern Sierra. DSES is located at Mammoth Mountain Ski Area (MMSA) in Mammoth Lakes, CA and is a chapter member of Disabled Sports USA.

In 2005, we developed and launched our summer adaptive program. This summer program introduced many new activities including hiking, biking, climbing, fishing, horseback riding, golf, tennis, and kayaking and more! Our students discover the benefits of an active lifestyle in a healthy outdoor environment year-round!

We have been hosting military sports rehabilitation programs since 2007 for our nation's wounded, ill and injured active duty and veteran men and women of all ages and disabilities. We host a minimum of three major events per year and through recruitment collaboration with military bases, VA Hospitals, and DSUSA attract servicemen and women from all over the country!

In collaboration with Disabled Sports USA, we became a Paralympic Sports Club in 2009 with a mission to introduce Paralympic sports to recreational and elite athletes of all levels. Mammoth Lakes is internationally acclaimed for high altitude training, and through our program we extend this training to future Paralympians.

Also in 2009, we opened the doors of our Second Chance Thrift Shop to help finance the many programs at DSES. Run as part of the non-profit, this second-hand store has become a staple in our town and provides job training to students with disabilities through the Mammoth High School Workability Program. Some of these Workability students have gone into the community equipped with new skills and hold appropriate jobs.

Disabled Sports Eastern Sierra has grown substantially since the first season, from 596 lessons annually to now over 3,500. We give scholarships for more than 46% of our lessons. We have 11 full time staff and train 275 new and returning volunteers each year. Since its inception, Disabled Sports Eastern Sierra has flourished into a highly acclaimed, year round, adaptive sports program!