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Loon Named Top 10 Adaptive Sports Facility in U.S.

Monday, June 20, 2016

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Lincoln, NH (June 20, 2016) - Loon Mountain Resort, together with partner New England Disabled Sports, has been named one of the 10 best adaptive sports facilities in the country by Sports Planning Guide, an industry-leading trade publication for event planners.

Mentioned alongside such world-class facilities as the Chula Vista Olympic Training Center and the SPIRE Institute in Ohio, Loon Mountain and New England Disabled Sports were praised for their commitment to adaptive sports programs, which they began offering jointly in 1987.

"We're truly honored to be recognized for our commitment to adaptive sports," said Rick Kelley, Loon's president and general manager. "We work closely with New England Disabled Sports and have made access one of our top priorities over the years."

New England Disabled Sports, an independent nonprofit based at Loon Mountain, offers more than 20 different adaptive sports camps and clinics, including skiing, snowshoeing, waterskiing, cycling, golfing, surfing, sailing, triathlon, fishing, and tennis. People with disabilities have the opportunity to take one-on-one instructive classes, while NEDS provides state-of-the-art specialized equipment for those who need it. Each year, New England Disabled Sports gives more than 3000 adaptive sports lessons to 600 students, with the help of 225 volunteers.

"New England Disabled Sports is thrilled to be acknowledged for its dedication to adaptive sports," said Jessica Harney, president of New England Disabled Sports' board of directors. "We strive to break boundaries through offering inclusive year-round sports programming for individuals of all abilities."

In recent years, Loon Mountain and New England Disabled Sports have worked together to host high-profile adaptive events, including the 2015 and 2016 US Paralympic Alpine Skiing National Championships and the annual Kostick Cup Race and Winter Challenge fundraiser. Both Loon Mountain and New England Disabled Sports look forward to serving the adaptive sports community together for years to come.