By Susan A. Neufeld
What is the Rim of The World Special Athletes Foundation? Rim Special Athletes (RSA) is a 501C3 non-profit organization, whose primary objective is to provide a recreational experience that is safe and enjoyable for adaptive individuals. It provides all-year sports activities for athletes with special needs.
Disabled individuals that are served include: blind, deaf, amputees, spinal cord injuries, TBI’s, PTSD, Down’s Syndrome, Cerebral Palsy, Autism, and other physical and cognitive disabilities. RSA serves veterans and individuals from our local mountains, as well as visitors to our community.
Once the snow falls, it provides skiing lessons and snow-based experiences at Snow Valley Mountain Resort.
RSA is in partnership with Snow Valley (located between Lake Arrowhead and Big Bear) to provide a wide variety of snow activities, including alpine skiing and snowboarding, three & four tracking, as well as bi-skiing & mono-skiing. Each service is tailored to the individual participant’s capabilities and interests.
The winter package includes instructors, equipment and ski lift access for a 3-hour morning session, which can be extended to include an additional 2-hour afternoon session. All ski instructors are PSIA trained and certified, with RSA providing a wide range of equipment to each participant’s need at no cost. A discounted fee is required by Snow Valley for the mountain use.
Lessons are taught 7 days a week. The cost is $90 for the lesson; a second lesson on the same day is an additional $45.00. The fee includes instruction, lift ticket, rental of skis or snowboard, and adaptive equipment. The program is offered as a private lesson format (one to one, two to one) under the supervision of certified instructors.
Lessons must be booked in advance through the Snow Valley Adaptive Sports Center office at (909) 867-2751 ext. 135. The lesson will be scheduled upon review of the completed student intake form.
SPRING, SUMMER, AND FALL ACTIVITIES
Non-winter activities include kayaking, stand-up paddle boarding, golfing, hiking, fishing and outings. The objective of these activities is for adaptive athletes to learn a new skill and develop self-confidence, while having fun!
The water sports and other outdoor experiences are centered at Lake Arrowhead and surrounding communities. There is no cost for the summer activities at this time.
YEAR ROUND ACTIVITIES
RSA offers year-round YOGA classes for special needs participants. YOGA is provided within the Lake Arrowhead community by a certified therapeutic yoga instructor.
For more information visit their Face Book page RIM SPECIAL ATHLETES, contact them at (909) 336-1535 or e-mail them at RimSpecialAthletes@gmail.com