Leaps of Faith Gives Disabled Time on the Slopes

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    Individuals with disabilities practiced skiing at Mt. Southington in Plantsville on Tuesday. (Published Tuesday, Feb 26, 2013)

    For some people with disabilities, Tuesday morning was a chance to take part in the classic winter tradition of skiing.

    For 20 years, the Leaps of Faith Disabled Skiers Program, out of Sandy Hook, has been inviting anyone with a disability to join them a few times a year for snowy fun.

    “This is the ultimate challenge, being in a chair, doing everything I was able to do before,” Jennifer Kane, of Unionville, said.

    Scott Hadley lost his leg in a car accident decades ago and uses a hand ski to not only get down the slopes,  but also to teach and help others get down too. 

    “When I started skiing, I was like ‘Wow, this is a whole new world.’ This is something I can actually compete with someone with two legs,” Hadley said.

    Founded in 1991, Leaps of Faith Disabled Skiers is a non-profit organization providing adaptive water and snow ski programs for children, adults and veterans with disabilities.