Lions contribution helps create a roaring success

Posted: Wednesday, October 19, 2005

Alpine Alternatives Inc. wishes to thank the Lions Clubs of District 49A and the District Foundation for their financial contributions and hands-on service to Camp Abilities 2005.

Camp Abilities is the only state-of-the-art sports camp for visually impaired and blind youth within Alaska. This camp teaches sports played professionally by the United States Association of Blind Athletes such as, goalball, beep basketball, track and field, swimming, tandem biking and much more.

Alpine Alternatives, Camp Abilities enables this population of youth a chance to recreate, socialize and push themselves to their individual potential through sports that have been created especially for them.

Campers come to Anchorage from across the state, including Ketchikan, Kodiak, Koyuk, Akiachak, Tuntutuliak, the Seward Peninsula, Chugiak and the Matanuska-Susitna Borough. The camp is based out of the Meier Lake Conference Center, just outside of Wasilla, and youth are transported to sports facilities at local middle and high schools via Alpine vans and MASCOT transportation.

This special camp would not be made possible without the widespread support of the Lions. The Soldotna Lions Club played an integral part in Camp Abilities. The Soldotna Lions financial contribution is much appreciated. It provides scholarships for campers unable to pay nominal camp fees and who would otherwise not be able to attend camp.

Camp Abilities is all about showing its participants and others what blind and visually impaired individuals can do. The people behind the scenes empower this to take place. These are the people we wish to thank for often times, their contributions go unnoticed.

Margaret E. Webber, Executive director, Alpine Alternatives Inc.

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