Craig P. Kennedy: Clarifying the difference between Access Anything and STARS

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In light of the recent article in the Steamboat Today regarding the adaptive fishing camp that just took place in Steamboat Springs, I would like to clarify the roles and responsibilities of Access Anything and STARS (Steamboat Adaptive Recreational Sports). The paper incorrectly stated that this camp was put on by Access Anything, when it was actually a STARS event.

In 2003, my wife and I started Access Anything to help create more opportunities for people with disabilities. Although Steamboat had an adaptive program that focused on Alpine skiing, there was not any additional programming throughout the year, so we created three signature events that would bring people with disabilities to Steamboat for fun and adventure.

At that same time, Steam­boat Adaptive Recreational Sports had formed, with a mission to provide recreational opportunities for people with disabilities. As a 501(c)3 nonprofit, STARS took over the adaptive ski program from Steamboat Ski and Resort Corp. and has continued to grow over the four years since its inception.

Knowing that STARS would be good for Steamboat, and knowing that we were growing in other directions as well, in 2009 we signed an agreement with STARS for it to take over these camps and for my wife and I to work with them to help create new camps in addition to the three already in operation.

This summer, STARS will operate three adaptive sports camps, including the Floatin’ the ’Boat adaptive fishing camp that took place June 26 and 27, Bikin’ the ’Boat adaptive hand cycling and mountain biking camp July 6 to 8 and the Behind the ’Boat watersports camp July 21 to 23. As the coordinator for these events, I will still be in charge of logistics and fundraising, but I will be doing so as a STARS representative.

With that said, I would like to say thank you to everyone here in Steamboat who has helped to make these events a success over the years. You have made it possible for many people with disabilities, both local and tourists, to participate in life-changing activities and adventures.

As we move forward, we hope the community will continue to support STARS so that we can work to grow adaptive sports opportunities in our community for people with disabilities.

Craig P. Kennedy

Steamboat Springs

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