Plymouth Rotary helps by giving freedom to those with disabilities

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Plymouth Rotarian Norm Okerstruem helps transfer the adaptive ski equipment to the new shed at Hyland Hills.

Plymouth Rotarian Norm Okerstruem helps transfer the adaptive ski equipment to the new shed at Hyland Hills.

Members of the Rotary Club of Plymouth recently had the opportunity to take part in a service project that provides those with disabilities the freedom and capability to experience the thrill of downhill skiing.

The project: to purchase equipment for the Courage Kenny Rehabilitation Institute’s Adaptive Ski and Snowboard Program at Hyland Hills Ski area in Bloomington.
To do so, the Plymouth Rotary sponsored a grant in collaboration with the Rotary Clubs of Edina, Golden Valley, Lake Minnetonka-Excelsior and Minneapolis to provide $15,000 for new equipment.

Courage Kenny has been teaching the adaptive ski program for 40 years to people with disabilities in Minnesota and Wisconsin, with a primary focus in Twin Cities metro area, according to Megan Welty, program coordinator with Courage Kenny.
Currently, the program has 380 volunteer instructors teaching 1,200 lessons at eight different sites, including Hyland Hills.

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