When Kelsey’s family moved to Park City to enjoy the available recreational opportunities they were pretty sure that she would not be able to participate with the rest of the family. At 26, she had cerebral palsy and a developmental disability. In desperation Kelsey’s mom, Nancy, started looking for help. Fortunately she was referred to the National Ability Center. While a little skeptical of what they could offer to Kelsey, she was immediately “blown away” by what she saw. The equestrian center was amazing and would soon be the key to an amazing transformation for Kelsey.
Kelsey began riding in the equestrian program in 2005. Kelsey now participates in skiing, cycling, and camps, however horseback riding is still her favorite. She has been named Participant of the Quarter in the equestrian program twice, and her proudest moment was cantering on Bill, a (now retired) program horse.
From the friendships formed, skills learned, and increased confidence and independence, the benefits of Kelsey’s participation at the National Ability Center have been immeasurable. Kelsey now works at Park City Mountain Resort, helping with lunch at the children’s ski school.
At the Heart of Our Community are people like Kelsey and organizations like the National Ability Center where the goal is to empower individuals of all abilities by building self-esteem, confidence and lifetime skills through sport, recreation and educational programs. It’s what makes Our Community great!
For more information about the National Ability Center and their programs or to volunteer or donate visit http://www.discovernac.org/
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