OAS News & Updates

“The Incredible Dave Nichols”

About Dave Nichols OAS met Dave in the fall of 2019 during our inaugural partnership with Craig Hospital, the nation’s leading Spinal Cord and Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) rehabilitation facility. A resident of Portland, OR, Dave had recently returned home to Oregon after his initial rehabilitation from a TBI while climbing in the North Cascades. […]

Kade in an adaptive bike sitting with a support member in the attached part of the bike to assist in steering and pedaling. they're on pavement

Athlete Spotlight: Kade Wicklow

Written by: Dave Nichols Introduction Four years ago we moved into a new one-level house across town in SW Portland. Since the move, neighbors have been mistaking me for one of our neighbors, Kade Wicklow, who is 18 years old.   We both walk the neighborhood regularly and use the same style Drive Nitro 4-wheeled […]

OAS Team that participated in Cycle Oregon 2023. Includes OAS Staff and Volunteers along with athletes that either are visually impaired or use hand-pedal bikes.

Cycle Oregon Classic 2023 Trip Report

OAS was able to support 4 athletes for the 2023 Cycle Oregon Classic! Cycle Oregon is a multi-day supported road ride through Oregon’s most iconic bike routes. OAS supported from day 2 to day 6, Sept 11-15th,  of Cycle Oregon’s Classic, which totals up to 5 days of riding. To learn more about the route […]

Photo featuring Kathryn Nichols, Senator Taylor, Laura Core, Representative Reynolds, Senator Patterson and David Kracke

Senate bill 420

by Dave Nichols “Senate Bill 420 has passed. Governor Tina Kotek has signed it into law!” I exclaim. “Neat”, you might say. “What exactly is SB 420?”  “It’s a bill to set up Brain Injury Resource Navigation in Oregon,” I smile back. “Yes, but what does that even mean?” you ask. “Fair question,” I truthfully […]

Dave atop McKenzie Pass with a group of OAS athletes in early June 2023.

Purchasing your own equipment

by David Nichols I am proud to announce that I am continuing to improve! Last week was a big week , a major milestone has been reached, I was able to attend all of my appointments without using, bringing my Walker. OAS has played a role contributing in my progress. They have allowed me to […]

Ken in a monoski

Room to Grow

With enormous gratitude to Ken and the entire Kumlin Family, we are honored to share Ken’s story, “Room to Grow.” At Oregon Adaptive Sports, we believe everyone should have access to the life-changing benefits of outdoor recreation. These opportunities allow us to grow, to push our limits and to discover our best selves. For Ken, […]


Five years of persistence & determination!

Donate Now Your support makes stories like Dave’s possible. Please consider making a year-end donation to support OAS. by Dave Nichols: Dear OAS Community: Just over five years ago I suffered a severe traumatic brain injury. It changed my life. I was rock climbing in the in the Cascades of Central Washington and I fell. […]

youth skier using bamboo pole wearing a costume

These are the days — OAS winter activities are here at last!

Written by Dave Nichols Van Morrison’s classic anthem “These are the days” is playing through his headphones. He can’t believe this day has finally come.  OAS has made his dream to ski again a reality!  The sky is blue and the snow is perfect on Mt Bachelor.  Riding up on the Pine Martin chair, the […]

cyclist in a recumbent bike

We ain’t done yet!

Written by Dave Nichols I can’t believe it. Labor Day has already come and gone, so too have the summer programs offered by Oregon Adaptive Sports. College football is here! And Head football coach of the Oregon State Beavers Jonathan Smith says “we ain’t done yet”. Neither is OAS! This month OAS is assisting with […]

Dave riding the Ice Full Fat recumbent trike

Comparing the Different Types Adaptive Mountain Bikes at OAS

Compiled by: Dave Nichols Are you ready for some fun? Come biking this summer with OAS. They have the experience, equipment and the know-how to get you past obstacles along the way and return you safely.😊 OAS is building a fleet of bikes for the trails or for the roads suited for all types of […]

Dave kayaking on Hosmer Lake

10 reasons to participate this summer with OAS!

by David Nichols, May 24th, 2022 Hello, my name is Dave Nichols. Four years ago, I suffered a traumatic brain injury (TBI) while rock climbing near Leavenworth, Washington. As a result of my fall, I struggle greatly with my balance, mobility, and coordination. In spite of these challenges, Oregon Adaptive Sports (OAS) has allowed me […]

michael atop mckenzie pass

Reaching new heights with OAS

Empowering Michael to achieve new heights on his bike and to become a dual season OAS athlete was certainly one of our highlights of 2021. Michael’s journey with OAS was made possible because of our generous supporters. Please consider investing in those we’ll serve in 2022! Donate Now In 2019, Michael McDaniel attended a free […]