The OAS Breaking Barriers Blog

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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Take Care Out There – featuring OAS Board Member Bruce Creager

As part of ongoing partnerships with local, regional, and statewide destination marketing organizations like Travel Oregon, we were incredibly excited when Visit Central Oregon and Discover Your Forest reached out to OAS to contribute to the “Take Care Out There” educational video series that helps to inform visitors to public lands in Central Oregon responsibility […]

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Volunteer this summer with OAS!

With continued modifications and precautions, OAS is excited to offer a full slate of summer programs and welcome returning and NEW volunteers to help our community continue to breakdown barriers to the outdoors.  OAS is also seeking “behind the scenes” support with equipment maintenance, administrative, and fundraising volunteer opportunities.  Read below on how to sign […]

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Oregon Adaptive Sports Adds Three New Board Members

Twenty-four years and counting. That’s how long Oregon Adaptive Sports (OAS) has been providing snow opportunities for the people in our community with disabilities. From children to older adults, OAS volunteers and instructors help athletes with disabilities enjoy the freedom of outdoor winter sports featuring alpine skiing and snowboarding at both Hoodoo and Mt. Bachelor […]

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Ruffwear Website Features Adaptive Athlete, Anna Soens

The performance dog gear brand, Ruffwear, has featured a story about Anna Soens and her four-legged friend, Bernie, right on the homepage of their website! Ruffwear is an outdoor-oriented outfitter that strives to provide gear for companions and working dogs alike. A photo under the main navigation bar of Ruffwear’s website features Anna on a […]

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OAS on KTVZ – Adaptive is our middle name.

OAS commenced its 24th winter programming season this week, once again creating access to the mountains for individuals with disabilities.  Central Oregon news outlet KTVZ  covered the story: OAS programs at Mt. Bachelor opened December 21st and run through March 28, 2021. Hoodoo programs open Thursdays, Fridays and Sundays starting January 14th, 2021 and will […]

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Ken skiing with family members.

Growing up and growing strong with OAS

Throughout this challenging year OAS has continued to create critical access to the mountains to support athletes like Ken who are growing up with our community.  We hope you appreciate Ken’s letter and will consider a financial gift to OAS this holiday season.  Our efforts are only possible because of your support, thank you! Donate […]

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Countdown to Winter – Summer Equipment Storage

by Matt Porter OAS Staff Hello OAS community! As we transition somewhat abruptly into winter, here are some thoughts on what to do to store your summer gear for next season. Note: This is not an all inclusive list of gear care steps, you are taking the responsibility to do your own research on proper […]

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