Illinois Veteran from Bourbonnais to Shine at Colorado’s National Disabled Veterans Winter Sports Clinic


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SNOWMASS VILLAGE, Colo. – Anthony Woodson, a blind veteran from Bourbonnais, Illinois, is set to participate in the transformative 38th National Disabled Veterans Winter Sports Clinic in Aspen-Snowmass, Colorado. 

Despite the challenges posed by his visual impairment due to military service, Woodson will join over 400 disabled veterans from April 1-7, engaging in adaptive sports designed to foster healing and resilience. The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, co-sponsoring the event with DAV (Disabled American Veterans), reports significant growth since the clinic’s first gathering in 1987. 

This year’s lineup includes a range of adaptive activities such as skiing, sled hockey, and climbing, supported by nearly 600 volunteers and funded by 200 corporate and individual sponsors. Kacie Janowski, a recreation therapist, underscores the clinic’s role in introducing adaptive sports to veterans, providing expert guidance to challenge and redefine their perceived boundaries. This endeavor celebrates the indefatigable spirit of veterans like Woodson, demonstrating that physical limitations do not constrain their ability to inspire and lead.

The clinic, affectionately known as “Miracles on a Mountainside,” promises to highlight the extraordinary capabilities of participants, with updates and inspiring content to be featured under the hashtag #wintersportclinic across social media channels and on the clinic’s website.

Shane Saathoff
Shane Saathoff
An active writer for two decades, Shane's focuses on local news and events throughout the area, Shane is an active historian, science nerd, and tech geek. Shane is a native of Bourbonnais, IL, and alumni of Olivet Nazarene University.


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