Our goal at the ASF is to make a difference.
Our mission is to offer individuals with physical disabilities educational sports programs that encourage them to develop new skills through outdoor sports. Sports also allow participants to boost their self-esteem, level of motivation, and physical ability, all while enjoying a fun activity with friends and loved ones.
At the Adaptive Sports Foundation, we believe that everyone should have the opportunity to enjoy the many benefits that sports have to offer. That’s why all of our adapted outdoor sports programs are supervised by experienced volunteers. We adapt our teaching to the student’s level – whether he or she is a newbie to the sport or a seasoned pro. Our volunteers are also trained to meet each person’s specific needs.
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" I would like to thank all the volunteers at the ASF’s sports days. Thank you for helping us. I loved the tubing, canoeing, and water skiing. At the end of every day I was in a great mood and really felt like I had accomplished something worthwhile.
I hope to see you all again next year. "
- Éric Bergeron, Summer Program participant
Since 1995, the Adaptive Sports Foundation has welcomed hundreds of participants to its adaptive downhill skiing program at Owl’s Head in Mansonville. Close to 100 volunteers help to make our adaptive ski lessons a success by working as instructors, assistant instructors and snowmobile operators. Without the valuable collaboration of Owl’s Head and our volunteers, creating a program of this magnitude would have been unthinkable.
The Adaptive Sports Foundation’s summer program offers two water sports programs: “Introduction to adaptive water sports” and “elite water skiing.” These programs allow athletes of all levels to enjoy adaptive water sports. Activities for participants with reduced mobility include: water skiing, water tubing, kayaking, canoeing, stand up paddle boarding, and pontoon tours.
Sports camps for injured soldiers
The ASF’s sports camps for injured soldiers were created with the specific needs of soldiers in mind. Whether participants have physical injuries, are dealing with post-traumatic stress disorder or are in mourning, the ASF puts all of its expertise at their disposal. Our goal is to contribute to soldiers’ rehabilitation by offering them new opportunities to build confidence and self-esteem.
The Dahü challenge is one the ASF annual fundraisers. Dahü, our adapted wheelchair, is specially designed for tackling mountainous terrain. It’s also a great “team building” tool. During the challenge, the team must communicate and work together – all while testing their physical limits. The participant with reduced mobility is responsible for guiding the team through the mountain circuit in order to reach their shared goal. Since 2015, the ASF has participated in the Bromont Ultra. That means we’ve traveled more than 200km with 30 participants with reduced mobility and 160 runners.