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U.S. Paralympic Sport Club of St. Louis, MO

Disabled Athlete Sports Association

Update

Volunteer On-Hill Training has been postponed. Notifications in regards to the rescheduled dates will be sent out ASAP.

GDSP Volunteers

Welcome New & Returning Volunteers!

We're excited to be working alongside you for another fantastic season with the Gateway Disabled Ski Program.  Please take a moment to review the information provided below before beginning the registration process.

New to the Program?

DASA GDSP VolunteersVolunteers are essential to the success of athletes participating with the Gateway Disabled Ski Program.  They assist and lead lessons, help with fittings and modifications, coach racers, and fulfill many other needs of our athletes and the program.   Our program provides a rewarding opportunity to bring the fun and excitement of alpine skiing and snowboarding into the lives of athletes, regardless of ages and ability levels, while also giving volunteers a unique opportunity to enhance personal skiing and boarding skills.

We are always looking for new potential members to join our team.  Need to fulfill community service hours?  Volunteering with us can satisfy anywhere from 16-40 hours!  Although prior skiing/snowboarding experience is preferred, there are several opportunities to contribute off the hill, too - and the chance to learn how to ski yourself!  If you have any questions, please contact joen@dasasports.org.

Volunteer Orientation

All volunteers are required to complete the necessary orientation and training prior to participating within the Gateway Disabled Ski Program.  There will be two opportunities to complete the Dry-land portion, as well as three opportunities to complete the On-hill portion.  See scheduled dates below:

Dry-Land Training:

The Dry-Land portion of training has already been completed for the upcoming season. Please contact the Program Manager for additional questions.

On-Hill Training:

Volunteers are required to attend one of the following dates, and encouraged to attend on the evening that corresponds with the night they will be volunteering during the regular program. Volunteers are also more than welcome to attend multiple nights. These training opportunities will all take place "On-hill" at Hidden Valley.

CHECK BACK SOON FOR UPDATED ON-HILL CLINIC DATES. LIKELY TO BE SCHEDULED AFTER THE NEW YEAR.

Monday, December 18th* -- POSTPONED
6:00-8:30pm - Training in Adaptive Techniques used to teach athletes with Physical Disabilities.

Wednesday, December 20th*
-- POSTPONED

6:00-8:30pm - Training in Adaptive Techniques used to teach athletes with Visual Impairments.

Thursday, December 21st*-- POSTPONED
6:00-8:30pm - Training in Adaptive Techniques used to teach athletes with Hearing, Cognitive and Developmental Disabilities.

*ALL DATES ARE SUBJECT TO CHANGE DUE TO WEATHER CONDITIONS/AVAILABILITY

Contact Program Manager for additional in-season training opportunities.

Weekly Program Schedule (Begins Jan. 2017)

3 Nights Available to Volunteer with DASA GDSP...

REGISTER FOR ONE OF THE FOLLOWING NIGHTS
Our Evening Sessions provide (up to) an 8-week season to our athletes.  Each night is assigned to a specific group of athletes in order to effectively assign and train volunteers based on the very specific needs and equipment that are required for specific disciplines of adaptive skiing. 

EVENINGGROUP
Monday
6:30PM to 8:30PM
Physical Disabilities, Veterans
Wednesday
6:30PM to 8:30PM
Visual Impairments
Thursday
6:30PM to 8:30PM
Hearing Impairments, Developmental & Cognitive Disabilities, Special Olympics


Projected start of the season will be the second week of January 2018.


Other Opportunities to Volunteer

GDSP also provides group clinics to disabled veterans, as well as partnering organizations from around the St. Louis Area.  Additional information can be provided upon request.

DAY & TIMEGROUPDATES 
Thursday Afternoons*
2:30PM to 5:00PM
Veteran Clinics Jan. 11th, Jan 25th, Feb. 8th, Feb. 22nd
Saturday Mornings*^
8:30AM to 12:30PM

 Group Clinics  Jan. 27th, Feb. 3rd, Feb. 10th (possibly more)

*Not all Thursdays and Saturdays will have special clinics (see 'DATES' above).
^Volunteers without FULL-SEASON PASS will be provided a lift ticket - sign up with joen@dasasports.org

Volunteer Registration

Step 1:

Register with DASA (Click 'Register Now' below).  This will provide us your contact information, as well as your experience and preferences in regards to participation within the program.

Step 2:

After completing DASA Registration, a notification will be emailed to the contact provided with instructions on how to purchase your DASA Pass.  

PLEASE NOTE: 
If you will be needing rental skis or snowboard - SELECT RENTAL (cannot be added after initial purchase).

Step 3:

Complete DASA & Hidden Valley Waivers by first night of program.  Notifications will be emailed to you in regards to orientation clinics and dates.

Begin Here:

GDSP Volunteer Registration

REGISTRATION CLOSES DECEMBER 31st!!

Season Pass

DASA Pass

Hidden Valley offers a discounted pass specifically for our athletes and volunteers.

Valid Mon.-Thurs. throughout the 2018 Season

PASS TYPECOST
Lift Pass$75
Lift Pass
w/ Rental*
$85

*Rental option MUST be selected at the time of purchase - cannot be added to a regular lift pass after the sale is final.

Instructions on how to purchase your DASA Pass will be sent via email after completion of registration with DASA.

Pass Reimbursement Eligibility

Volunteers with attendance of 80% or more during the season will be eligible to receive a $50 reimbursement for their DASA Pass purchase.  Those volunteers will also have the option to donate their reimbursement back to the program as a tax deductible donation.  For more information, contact the program coordinator at joen@dasasports.org.

Other Resources

DASA GDSP Volunteer Manual
by Pam Weber

Understanding PTSD
by Disabled Sports USA (Video)

Contact

Joe Naughton
Program Manager
joen@dasasports.org
636.477.0716 (office)

Contact Us

Disabled Athlete Sports Association

1236 Jungermann Rd., Suite A
St. Peters, Missouri 63376

Email Us: meghang@dasasports.org
Phone : 636-477-0716
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