Disabled Sports USA is excited to announce that it will be offering a series of Risk Management Trainings from NOLS (National Outdoors Leadership School). With support from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), three free events will be held in 2020 to train outdoor administrators and program staff from Disabled Sports USA chapters and VA Medical Centers.

Combat injuries can be a lifelong journey of recovery and rehabilitation. Disabled veterans have a number of unique considerations and this training is key to ensure providers safely and effectively serve them in backcountry environments.

The NOLS Risk Management Training provides a structured approach and tools to help organizations optimize their risk management plans.  The NOLS curriculum draws from lessons learned over 50 years of programming and experiences managing risk in wilderness environments around the world.

“NOLS is excited to offer our proven Risk Management Trainings to Disabled Sports USA, to empower its chapters to provide accessible outdoor experiences while responsibly managing program risks,” said Katie Baum Mettenbrink, Risk Services Manager at NOLS. “NOLS and Disabled Sports USA share the same vision that the outdoors is an ideal setting to learn and grow. Our goal is to provide an outstanding educational experience to help all individuals become leaders in the outdoors and their everyday lives.”

Adapt2Achieve, a program of Disabled Sports USA, promotes inclusion in sports and recreation by offering customized adaptive sport guidelines and training content for sports and community organizations. Over 100 trainings have been offered since 2009 in more than 30 states across the country.

For more information about the NOLS Risk Management Trainings offered through Adapt2Achieve, visit www.disabledsportsusa.org/NOLS.

These programs are funded in part by a grant from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. The opinions, findings, and conclusions stated herein are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect those of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs.

About NOLS

Established in 1965, NOLS is the leader in wilderness education. What began in a small cabin in Wyoming’s Wind River mountain range has evolved into a global, multifaceted nonprofit school offering a proven leadership curriculum through expedition courses, wilderness medicine certifications, risk management training, and custom education solutions for organizations. Today, NOLS operates 16 campuses worldwide and provides classroom instruction in over 40 countries. The NOLS community includes over 800 active instructors who teach a variety of outdoor skills from mountaineering and sailing to wilderness medicine that empower students to step forward in their lives. To learn more about NOLS or to apply for a course, visit www.nols.edu.

About Disabled Sports USA

Disabled Sports USA is a national, charitable organization that provides opportunities for individuals with disabilities to develop independence, confidence and fitness through participation in sports. What began as a program to serve Vietnam veterans has since grown into one of the nation’s largest multi-sport, multi-disability organizations, annually serving more than 70,000 wounded warriors, youth and adults with disabilities. A member of the U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Committee, Disabled Sports USA offers programs in more than 60 summer and winter sports through its nationwide network of 140 community-based chapters. For more information, visit www.disabledsportsusa.org.