Minocqua Winter Park is an official CXC Opportunity Center
As an Opportunity Center, we offer stand up and sit ski equipment to provide XC skiing to people with any manner of physical disabilities including spinal cord injuries, amputees, and those with visual impairments. Individuals are not only offered full service facilities at no initial charge, but may make appointments for free lessons from accomplished instructors from each area. Currently, MWP has four sit ski rigs for free rental.
ABOUT CENTRAL CROSS COUNTRY SKI ASSOCIATION ADAPTIVE PROGRAM
Central Cross Country Ski Association (“CXC Skiing”) is recognized by the United States Ski and Snowboard Association (“USSA”) as the sole regional organization governing cross country skiing in the 10 state Central Region of the United States. CXC Skiing provides an organization which enables athletes, coaches and officials to achieve excellence in cross country skiing through: EDUCATION, COOPERATION, COMMUNICATION, and COMPETITION.
The CXC Adaptive Program is committed to providing year round, cross country skiing sports specific recreational, training, and competitive athletic programs for disabled individuals. The program will assist military and community agencies, ski areas and ski clubs to identify, promote, and support diverse athletic opportunities throughout the USSA Central Region.
CXC established a disabled ski program in 2005 by bringing the U.S. Adaptive Ski Team to the Madison, WI SuperTour event and purchasing one sit ski. Since that time, over 30 disabled individuals have participated in the program with 90 sit skis currently in use by CXC through 15 Opportunity Centers and various other venues and rehabilitation facilities. The curriculum is growing every year. The need for enhanced programs and more adjustable sit skis is increasing rapidly.
“U.S. Paralympics is very excited in CXC’s enthusiasm in helping develop an athlete pipeline for 2014 & 2018 Winter Paralympics. CXC’s foundation of a well established Nordic culture provides an excellent model to integrate people with physical disabilities”, said Julie Minahan, U.S. Paralympic Skiing Development and Education Coordinator
The newly created CXC Adaptive Program is committed to providing year round cross country skiing sports specific recreational, training, and competitive athletic programs for individuals with physical disabilities. The basic program will follow the successful CXC able bodied model including recreational skiing, camps, clinics, and competitive opportunities with a direct pipeline to the US Adaptive Ski Team. The program will assist military and community agencies and medical facilities, along with ski areas and ski clubs to identify, promote, and support diverse athletic opportunities by:
• Identifying and establishing relationships with DAV, VA, PVA, military medical facilities, hospitals, physical therapy clinics and rehabilitation centers to bring awareness about the CXC Adaptive Program and available opportunities.
• Organizing and implementing seminars, clinics and events.
• Recruiting and supporting interested disabled veterans and other qualified individuals to participate in cross country ski experiences including ongoing seminars and clinics.
• Delivering educational and equipment support at no charge for continuing participation through the “Opportunity Center” Program.
• Delivering advanced training and racing opportunities for interested disabled veterans and other individuals.
• Identifying, recruiting and supporting individuals with physical and visual disabilities who are in need of sports opportunities and have the inspiration, motivation and drive for athletic excellence through existing and newly developed partnerships with sports organizations while acting as a direct pipeline to the US Adaptive Ski Team and the Paralympics.