Military Veterans Programs
Military veterans are welcome at all NSCD programs. Below are programs specifically designed for veterans or programs that have special pricing for veterans.
Denver Adaptive Airgun Team
Veterans Rocky Mountain Adventure
No Boundaries Program
NSCD Paddling Club
Ski and Snowboard Program for Military Veterans
Winter Paralympic Experience
The NSCD partners with the Denver Police Department and Craig Hospital to offer an adaptive airgun training program. The program began with a grant from Adaptive Sports USA to bring adaptive air rifle skills and competitions to veterans in seven cities across the U.S. Joined by Paralympic Coach Roger Sak, the military veterans joined a national community-based outreach program, providing resources and education, conducting regional and national competitions and providing access to international competitions.
The Denver Adaptive Airgun Team (DAAT)’s success has enabled the program to continue, and it is now open to anyone with a disability and free to military veterans. DAAT is an air rifle and air pistol shooting program for participants of all abilities. DAAT is a great chance to try the sport of airgun as well as an opportunity for established marksmen to hone their skills and share shooting experience/expertise with their peers.
(*The following video contains military footage with gunfire and explosions.)
Dates: Typically the 3rd Tuesday of the month, November – May. Additional dates: July 17, August 21, September 18.
Times: 4:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Location: Denver Police Firearms Division | 3421 Park Ave. West, Denver CO 80216
The NSCD provides a shuttle at 3:00 p.m. from the VA Medical Center at the flag pole on Clermont.
Click here for a map to the pick-up spot on Clermont.
Price: $15 | Free for veterans | 1 Adventure Pass Punch
Ages: 16 and older
Imagine connecting with other veterans who share your desire to get out and discover the freedom of the slopes. Join the NSCD for three nights of lodging, meals, 2 days of skiing or riding (including equipment rental, lift tickets and lessons) and evening activities. Transportation will be provided during the weekend between the lodge and resort. Free to qualifying veterans with disabilities. Must be independent and manage self-care or bring a care giver for assistance.
Dates: February 15-18, 2019, Presidents Day Weekend
Location: Winter Park Resort and YMCA Snow Mountain Ranch, CO
Price: Free to military veterans with a disability. Space is limited by total number and types of accessibility needs.
The No Boundaries program promotes self-esteem, pride and a sense of accomplishment for combat-wounded service men and women as they expand their independence and overcome challenges once thought insurmountable. Our wounded veterans do this by experiencing a variety of challenging activities at the National Sports Center for the Disabled (NSCD) in Winter Park, Colorado. The challenges and accomplishments on these trips help wounded veterans understand that their disabilities may not be as limiting as they once thought when participating in many of life’s available activities. Living together under one roof for 6 days, these heroes also benefit from group socialization, camaraderie, teamwork and new life-long friendships with fellow veterans who are in the same situation and experience the same challenges in life.
The No Boundaries program is fully sponsored by caring and appreciative supporters, friends, missions and Federal Information Technology (IT) organizations – all who want to “give back.” No Boundaries has its own account at the NSCD, a 501(c)3 non-profit. There are no salaries or overhead and 100% of each donation goes to support the wounded veterans on these trips. Our goal is to sponsor one summer trip and one winter trip for 10 veterans each year.
The NSCD has a trained staff and the facilities to host and accommodate 10 combat wounded veterans in Winter Park, CO. Each 6 day trip is full of challenging and exciting summer or winter activities. Typical sport activities in the summer include rafting, zip lining, ropes courses, kayaking, rock climbing, downhill mountain biking and fly fishing. Winter trips include adaptive skiing, snowmobiling and tubing. All adaptive sporting activities at the NSCD are tailored specifically for the veteran’s needs and are supervised by trained staff. Participants depart from their local airports and arrive at Denver International Airport where we rendezvous in the USO-Metro Lounge. All meals, lodging, transportation and daily program activities are coordinated by the NSCD and are included – expense free – for the combat-wounded veterans.
Location: Winter Park, CO
Dates: August 7 – 12, 2018
Price: No charge thanks to the generous donations
for more information on the “No Boundaries” program.
How to Donate:
The NSCD is a 501(c)3 non-profit and provides tax-deductible receipts for all donations. To donate to the No Boundaries Program specifically, click here. After you enter your donation amount, check the box indicating “The above donation is in honor, memory , or support of someone” and type “No Boundaries Program Donation” in the box indicating “Leave a comment: optional”. Your generous donation is very much appreciated!
A special thanks to some of our top donors for the March 2016 trip:
|Raventek*||The McCarthy Family Charitable Foundation*|
|Burke Community Church & Missions*||A10 Networks, Inc.|
|Army Global, a General Dynamics Company||Arnold Mills United Methodist Church|
|Dave & Gabby Ayoub||Terry Daniel|
|Ray Douaire||Bill & Robin Hartwell|
|Phillip Houston||Susan & Mike Keys|
|Brian McClosky||Rebecca Porter|
|Mike & Molly Raymond||Mike Riodan|
|Mike Torres||Frank Watson|
The NSCD is a Team River Runner chapter. We partner for instruction and adaptive equipment as needed. We invite all veterans to come out to the pool and improve their kayaking skills.
Indoor Paddling Club
During the Indoor Paddling Club you will have the chance to learn and test your paddling skills in a fun and safe environment. Learn the basics or refine advanced paddling skills with instruction from certified and experienced instructors. This program is a great fit for both the veteran boater looking to stay sharp in the off-season or a novice wanting to learn the basics so they can hit the river when the season comes. Join the NSCD and Team River Runner at the Carmody Recreation Center every Monday night!
Dates: Mondays, Year-Round
Location: Carmody Recreation Center | 2200 S Kipling St., Lakewood, CO 80227
Time: 6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
Price: $15 | Free for veterans | 1 Adventure Punch Pass
Ages: 5 and older
Outdoor Paddling Club
In our Outdoor Paddling Club you will get the chance to explore a number of different whitewater parks in the Denver metro area. Practice your paddling skills or pass on your expertise in a fun and safe whitewater environment. Come prepared to challenge yourself and push your boundaries on the river. When paddling with the NSCD, you will be provided a boat, life jacket, spray skirt (if necessary), helmet and paddle to use for the day. If the weather warrants it, we will also provide a wetsuit and other protective equipment. We suggest that you try to avoid wearing jeans or sweats (anything cotton) and instead dress in layers of fleece, wool, Capilene or synthetic clothing. Weather conditions can change quickly on the water and it is better to have too many layers than to be wet and/or cold!
Dates: Thursdays, May – August
Location: Denver’s Confluence Park and Golden Play Park*, CO
Time: 5:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Price: $25 | Free for veterans | 2 Adventure Pass Punches
Ages: 7 and older
*location may change based on water conditions and level
Dates: Every day of the week during the 2018 – 2019 Winter Park Resort ski season
Location: Winter Park Resort, CO
Includes: One all-day alpine ski or snowboard lesson, lift ticket and equipment
Rates: First lesson is free, subsequent lessons are 50% of published 2018-19 season pricing. Scholarships available.
During the Archery Clinic, athletes will be introduced to and taught the finer points of the sport of target archery. The NSCD will provide re-curve and compound bows that will be appropriate for athletes of all ages, levels and abilities. If you have your own archery gear please feel free to bring that for personal use. You will receive instruction from a USA Archery Level II instructor who is well versed in the new and traditional forms of archery and how to achieve success in each style. Whether you are a new archer or an old pro looking for some feedback and a range to practice on, this program is a great fit for you.
Dates: Thursdays, October 11, 2018 – May 23, 2019
Times: 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Location: Salvation Army Red Shield | 2915 N. High St., Denver, CO 80205
Price: $15 | Free for veterans | 1 Adventure Pass Punch
Ages: 7 and older
Join us for four days of adventure camping in the mountains. Activities may include whitewater rafting, canoeing, kayaking, hiking, Winter Park resort activities and fishing. Space is limited; register today!
Dates: August 13 – 16, 2018
Location: Winter Park, CO (tent camping and back country hut, not accessible)
Price: Free to military veterans with a disability. $100 deposit is required to reserve your spot and will be refunded at the end of camp.
Ages: 18 and older. Participants must be independent in self-care or provide a personal care provider who is available to them throughout the length of the camp. Care providers are not offered by the NSCD.
Join fellow military veterans with medical diagnoses for a one-of-a-kind Paralympic experience that includes an introduction to curling, snowshoeing, cross-country skiing, Nordic biathlon and sled hockey.
Date: to be determined
Location: YMCA of the Rockies – Snow Mountain Ranch | Tabernash, CO
Meet At: 1055 Clermont St, # 3 Denver, CO 80220 by 6:45 a.m.
The bus will leave the VA at 7:15 a.m., so please arrive no later than 6:45 a.m. Activities will begin at the YMCA of the Rockies at 9:30 a.m. and go to 3:00 p.m. The bus will arrive back at the VA at 5:30 p.m.
Includes: Instruction, equipment, lunch and transportation
Rates: Thanks to a generous grant for this program, there is no charge for veterans.