I was reminded it was time to update our blog.  Thank you Letitia Collins!

CYCLING IS ALIVE AND WELL!

To bring you all up to speed, the divine Miz Collins has been extremely active keeping our bread and butter program of adaptive cycling alive and well.  You can follow this program through her Facebook page “The Cycle Crew.”  We want to welcome two of our newest riders – Sergio Sanchez and Michelle Richards.  Thank you both for supporting our efforts and riding with the crew.

As always, our volunteers from United Parcel Service are in attendance supporting our riders.  Kudos UPS!  And Jerry Alcorn – you are the man!  Thanks for getting the cycles in good working order to launch our season.

LET’S HEAR IT FOR OUR VETERANS

The Patriot Ride was a huge success.  Fourteen veterans with disabilities rode compliments of the Veterans Administration Adaptive Sports Grant.  Veteran Wendy Clouser was the more than pleased recipient of a brand new Invacare Top End Force 3 handcycle graciously donated by American Legion Riders.  Thank you Gene Hobdy for always thinking of our veterans and keeping them active and engaged.

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Operation Ability, CSUSB was also a huge success.  Over 20 veterans from the Inland Empire participated in this 2-day event and had the opportunity experience more than 25 different adaptive sports.  Looking forward to their participation in Operation Ability Coachella Valley in February 2017.

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The Cycle Crew is making do with the cycles that we currently have in anticipation of more handcycles becoming available after the first of the year.  In the meantime, numerous donations have come in through online donations, The Neighborhood Cyclery annual No Shave ride and the Webb Foundation making it possible for us to purchase two children’s handcycles for Asher Loera and McKenzie Johnson.  Special thanks to Daniel Rigg, a local Keller Williams realtor who rallied the troops to donate. A third handcycle will be purchased in the coming months for our newest mini-rider.  The handcycles awarded to the kids are original designs by our friend Seth Arseneau from Albuquerque, New Mexico.

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ON THE HORIZON

We are in the early planning stages for the upcoming Tour de Palm Springs and anticipate seeing an increase in the number of paracyclists who are participating through DAC.  Out of area cyclists who may required a handcycle or recumbent cycle, should contact Letitia at lcollins@daccv.org to reserve a cycle.

Please check back on our website or on our Facebook page for the link to the Tour website that will insure your registration comes to Desert Ability Center to support adaptive sports and recreation for Coachella Valley residents with disabilities.

We wish you all the best for the coming holiday season and invite you to  fill your basket of good cheer by coming and taking a ride with our cyclists.  It’s a gift to yourself you won’t forget.

Judy May, CEO
Desert Ability Center

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