American sponsors ski adventure for pediatric patients

American sponsors ski adventure for pediatric patients

American Airlines and Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children in Dallas have teamed up to send 14 teenage patients on the 36th annual amputee ski trip adventure designed especially for the teens in Winter Park, Colorado. American Airlines Kids in Need program is providing seven boys and seven girls, staff and chaperones with air transportation for the past 12 years.

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This year, the adventure begins on February 13, 2017, as American’s Abilities Employee Resource Business Group hosts a special send-off for the teens as they depart from DFW Airport en route to Denver International Airport for six days of excitement. The goal of the trip is to give the patients the opportunity to have fun while fostering a sense of self-confidence, independence and discovery – attributes that can remain with them throughout their lives.

While in Winter Park, the boys and girls take part in a special program at the National Sports Center for the Disabled, one of the world’s largest outdoor therapeutic recreation facilities. The program goes far beyond ski lessons. The teens sport equipment including the 3-track ski, skibike, mono ski and slider snowboard.

Learn more about this year’s extraordinary teen participants