Adaptive Athletic Specialists (AAS) is a traveling adaptive sports program that provides training, instruction and consulting to new and exsisting programs and their staff, volunteers and athletes
The mission of AAS is to empower the lives of people with disabilities and those who work with them through recreational sports. We provide training, clinics and instruction in adaptive sports along with consulting and program development. We provide these services with compassion and respect. We deliver skill effectivenes and results.
My story and background
Charley was born and raised in Santa Fe, NM. At the age 2, he was diagnosed with severe epilepsy and mild Cerebral Palsy. When he was 6 years old, he learned to ski in the adaptive program Challenge New Mexico in which his parents were key parts. After years of lessons and driving 2 hours every weekend with the program's trainer, Bobby Palm, he started volunteering. When Charley was 18 years old, he began working as an instructor. He taught at Ski Santa Fe in the children’s ski school for 4 years. He then decided to move to Steamboat, Colorado. Charley has been based in Steamboat for years. He is always on the road and currently resides in Telluride as their trainer. He has taught 2 years at Hotham in Australia. For the last 10 years he has taught at and continues to teach at national events.
The funds raised will go towards general operating budget. AAS uses it to purchase and maintain equipment, as well as schloraships to varoius programs allowing their funds to go towards participants. AAS is funded by private donors, foundations and fundraising efforts.
Staff accolades include:
Executive Director: Charley Phelan
CEO/Founders: Tina and Stan Roberson
Technical Director: Bobby Palm
Staff: Louis Smith and Merlin Smith
Board: Bill Lord, Micheal Atlee, Amanda Wrotten and Paul Short
All of the amazing programs, staff, volunteers and athletes who work with us.
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$50Adaptive Athletic Specialists will send you a personalized card and sticker
$100Adaptive Athletic Specialists will send you a personalized card, sticker and short sleeve t shirt. please specify size (s,m,l,xl,xxl)
$200Adaptive Athletic Specialists will send you a personalized card, sticker and baseball hat.