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#DontNeed2: Limb-different kids hit the slopes at Bogus Basin

The weekend full of tubing, skiing and snowboarding lessons was made possible by NubAbility Athletics-- a non-profit dedicated to giving limb-different kids a chance to take on mainstream sports. (KBOI Staff Photo)

Kids from all across the country met at Bogus Basin this weekend for a very special winter camp.

The weekend full of tubing, skiing and snowboarding lessons was made possible by NubAbility Athletics-- a non-profit dedicated to giving limb-different kids a chance to take on mainstream sports.

This was the first-annual snow camp for NubAbility Athletics.

NubAbility Head Track and Field Coach Dorian Willes says the organization is giving kids with limb loss the chance to break down barriers and hit the slopes.

"We may be missing an arm we may be missing a leg some of them are missing two legs you know and two arms," Willes said. "But I can tell you when these kids come there's a determination on their face that you just don't see anywhere else."

Twenty-five kids from all over the country conquered Bogus Basin this weekend for some fun in the snow. On Friday they were invited to ride the mountain coaster and go tubing down the hill.

On Saturday and Sunday volunteer coaches from Recreation Unlimited taught the kids how to ski and snowboard. All of the gear and lift tickets were provided by Bogus Basin.

"After all three lessons I expect all of these kids to be shredding and leaving me in the dust," Willes said.

Willes was an avid runner and snowboarder before he lost his leg and at the time he thought his life would be limited.

Now working with NubAbility he wants to show these kids that they can do what anybody else can do.

"We want to teach these kids how to be competitive in mainstream sports with able bodied kids, you know not just to compete with them but we want these kids beating able bodied kids," Willes said. "We really want to give them the tools and more than just the tools but we want to give them the confidence to come out and try different sports and see that you can do anything that you want to do. We just got to make a few little tweaks,a few little adjustments and they're off and running with it."

The goal is to give them the confidence to know you #dontneed2.


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