E.D. SPIRATION: Spreefest 2017!

I’m looking forward to seeing many old friends and meeting new ones at our annual SPREEFEST at Alpental on Saturday, March 11, 2017. If you don’t know, SPREEFEST is our annual party on the slopes of Alpental at Snoqualmie Pass. Individuals and teams gather together to ski and snowboard, having raised money to support Outdoors for All’s mission. In the last few years alone our…

E.D. SPIRATION: Ski Spectacular!

I’m fortunate each year to get to volunteer my time with Disabled Sports USA for its annual Ski Spectacular event in Breckenridge, Colorado. What makes this annual event so genuinely spectacular is the mosaic of activities that occur throughout the week – and the incredible outcomes that result from those activities: For five days, almost a hundred adaptive lessons each day are received by injured…

E.D. SPIRATION: RB Brown is Awesome!

I’d like to tell you about a man I deeply respect, admire and love: Ralph “RB” Brown. At our annual Ski Ball Gala this past month we recognized RB Brown as the event’s honoree.  For the past 25 years, RB has volunteered his time year round to support our mission. He develops a personal rapport with others that is always helpful, friendly, humble to a…

E.D. SPIRATION: Mission Driven, Business Minded

Recently while I was out cycling I had a chance to think about what an extraordinary year it has been for Outdoors for All and the thousands of children and adults with disabilities whose lives we’re dedicating to enriching through outdoor recreation. I had a chance to reflect on a balanced set of values that we strive to maintain, that is to be “mission driven,…

E.D. SPIRATION: Strength in Collaboration

I was reminded recently of just how important collaboration is for the Outdoors for All Foundation. For our organization, collaboration is not just a “buzzword” – for us, it’s part of our DNA. From our founding days as a nonprofit back in 1979, Outdoors for All (then Ski for All) began thanks to an incredible collaboration with a ski area. That collaboration continues decades later…

E.D. SPIRATION: Adaptive Cycling Center Opens Up New Avenues

Adaptive Cycling Center opens up new avenues to exercise your abilities I’d like to tell you about one of the many different programs that Outdoors for All offers for children and adults with disabilities: our Adaptive Cycling Center at Magnuson Park in Seattle. I’m a big believer in our Adaptive Cycling Center because I’ve seen first-hand that: it’s for people of all abilities, there is…

E.D. SPIRATION: Growing Pains

Growth is important to any business – and certainly to nonprofits. I’m pleased to note that Outdoors for All is growing. We’re offering more activities and life-enriching experiences for children and adults with disabilities than ever before. But with that growth also come some growing pains. Can we continue to fulfill current programming while we respond to new requests? Can we bring aboard new staff…