That’s a wrap on our inaugural Horizons Ski Program season!
When we were first asked to take over Spurwink on the Slopes our immediate response was YES, as it is with most things, but what had we really gotten ourselves into?
The answer: something amazing!
This season we were able to meet 27 kids, each with their own lovable character and varied experience with skiing. For some kids their most accomplished moment of the season was simply stepping into a pair of ski boots, for others it was cruising down advanced terrain on their own. Wherever each child was at in their ski journey, there was a patient and caring volunteer there to help them along the way!
Some of our most memorable moments come from those that have never skied, simply because the feeling and impact can be life changing. Here is a testament to what we mean:
“Thank you to you, your volunteers and AOEC for this opportunity for my son. The lessons with your program have unlocked something in him. It's such a joy watching him. It's like he just gets lost in the activity in a way I haven't seen him do with other physical pursuits. When I look at him he's often doing air guitar or other hand motions, and he sometimes even sings as he goes. He is not a kid who typically gets that unselfconscious in physical activity, so hearing the singing and seeing him dancing with his arms while he skis is amazing to me. It’s amazing what pairing the right people to the skill instruction can do for a child. Thank you!”
The story above is not the only one of its kind, though it shows how the Horizons Ski Program is more than just a morning or afternoon activity. It provides children with the chance to try something new, step outside their comfort zone and, in some cases, become a whole new person!
We are so appreciative of the kiddos in the program, the amazing volunteers and the knowledgeable Sugarloaf Ski School coaches. When we mix the three together we get something special, something life-changing, and something we can’t wait to get more of!
We will see you all in 2019 for another ski-tastic season!