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Make a difference, be a USARC instructor

Big Bear Grizzly - 12/6/2017

Holiday time in Big Bear Valley means many different things to different people. Getting together, giving gifts and sharing the warmth with family and friends make this time of year special. In keeping with the mood of giving and sharing, the United States Adaptive Recreation Center seeks volunteers to teach skiing and snowboarding to people with disabilities.

No teaching experience is required, though volunteers need to be at least 16 years old, intermediate skiers and be able to teach six mid-week days between Jan. 8 and March 16. Prior to teaching, each new volunteer must attend a four-day training clinic offered by seasoned professionals in the field of adaptive recreation. For example, volunteers may learn about guiding visually impaired athletes or teaching sit-down skiers with spinal cord injuries.

Trainings are scheduled for Dec. 14-17 and Jan. 4-7 at Bear Mountain Resort, USARC's leading sponsor for nearly three decades. Thanks to Bear Mountain, not only is there no charge for the expert training volunteers receive, but for each day a volunteer teaches, he or she earns a complimentary lift ticket for another day of skiing. In addition to many other benefits, there is also a large, festive volunteer recognition party at the conclusion of the USARC winter season.

For more information, call Sara Rosell at 909-584-0269 or visit

www.usarc.org. The USARC is at Bear Mountain, 43101 Goldmine Drive, Big Bear Lake.


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