ERIC DOUGLAS DETTENRIEDER MEMORIAL FUND

Creating adaptive sports opportunities for individuals with disabilities.

aka EDD Adaptive Sports   |   Williston, VT   |  www.eddfund.org

Mission

The mission of EDD Adaptive Sports is to provide adaptive sports programs for children and adults with physical, cognitive and developmental disabilities.  We aim to level the playing field by making sports accessible and fun for individuals with disabilities. Our programs reach athletes from 5 to 50+ years old, and at every skill level from novice to advanced. At each program, we aim for participating athletes to have fun, and to learn basic sports skills or to advance their current skills. Our long-term goals are for individuals with disabilities to develop a life-long interest in sports and to build confidence in their abilities. Participating in sports has clear physical benefits. It also combats the isolation and depression experienced by many individuals with disabilities.

Ruling year info

2000

Executive Director

Mrs. Gretchen Owens

Main address

PO Box 1252

Williston, VT 05495 USA

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Formerly known as

EDD Memorial Fund

EIN

16-1544117

NTEE code info

Recreational and Sporting Camps (Day, Overnight, etc.) (N20)

Public, Society Benefit - Multipurpose and Other N.E.C. (W99)

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Communication

Blog

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Adaptive sports programs for children and adults with disabilities are lacking in many communities, especially rural communities. Parents report that there are simply not enough options for their children with disabilities to play sports or be active. Some programs are too rigidly structured, while others do not have adaptive equipment or enough staff to work 1:1 with participants. Individuals with disabilities are vital community members, and they deserve access to the same types of sports programs available to the general public.

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Free Adaptive Sports Clinics

We organize team sport and lifetime sport programs including biking, basketball, baseball, kayaking, pickleball, rowing, soccer, swimming and yoga programs for individuals with disabilities.  Volunteers work one-on-one with the participants to teach skills, adapting activities to the athlete's unique abilities and challenges.  These clinics are designed to build skills in a non-competitive environment.

Population(s) Served

The Eric D. Dettenrieder Race Camp is an annual 3-day training camp at Windham Mountain for intermediate skiers and snowboarders with disabilities.  The camp is an opportunity for
skiers/riders to learn how to race and improve their technique, working with nationally recognized coaches. Our goal is to foster an interest in competitive skiing and help skiers/riders who already have an interest in racing advance to the next level.

Population(s) Served

An inclusive road race for ALL. Professionally timed, certified 5K distance race, with divisions for youth, adult and adaptive athletes. The Dream Big is a fundraiser to support EDD Adaptive Sports programs in Vermont. More info available at https://runsignup.com/dreambig5krunwalkroll.

Population(s) Served

Where we work

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Number of participants engaged in programs

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

Free Adaptive Sports Clinics

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Context Notes

Raw number of children/adults who have participated in an EDD adaptive sport program. There is duplication in the numbers (for example, if Jen attended 5 programs in 2018, she is counted 5 times)

Number of program sites

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Context Notes

Number of communities where we run programs.

Number of volunteers

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Context Notes

Number of people who assist at our programs, providing instruction & encouragement to participants. More than 50% of volunteers are college students.

Goals & Strategy

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Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

The EDDMF works to remove barriers to sports/recreation and create opportunities to play. Physical activity is good for one's physical and mental health. Participating in EDDMF adaptive sports programs gives athletes a chance to interact with peers, college athletes and volunteers. Our programs build community among individuals with disabilities and with the community at large.

We aim to share the joy of sports with individuals with disabilities. Our short-term goals are to provide positive sports experiences s and to encourage handi-capable individuals to stay active. Long term, our goals are for people with disabilities to build confidence, to choose healthy activities and to believe that they can do anything to which they set their mind. Participation in sports also helps to meet an individual’s psychological needs for belonging and community, and reduce isolation and depression.

We offer a variety of sports and recreation programs throughout the year including team sports like baseball, basketball and soccer; and life-long sports like biking, pickleball and yoga. We aim for a 1:1 volunteer to participant ratio, so that activities can be adapted to each participant's abilities. We coach volunteers to adapt activities as needed (i.e. use a larger ball, stand closer together, etc.) and to demonstrate each skill as they give instruction. We work to make each program fun, in the hopes that we will inspire participants to come back and play again. We celebrate accomplishments large and small on the field with cheers and high-fives, and we recognize every participant with a medal at the end of the program. We offer multiple sessions of pickleball, rowing and yoga during the year, so that participants can build skills from one session to the next and see improvement over time.

We have a 21 year track record of success creating sports opportunities. We have strong relationships with local organizations, and collaborate regularly with Otsego Area Rowing, Athelas Therapeutic Riding, Adaptive Sports Foundation, Oneonta Outlaws, BOCES, Pathfinder Village and Springbrook. Working together, we are able to amplify our impact and reach more participants. We partner with college athletic teams and programs in order to recruit skilled volunteers and coaches (Hartwick College, SUNY Delhi, Castleton University and St. Michael's College). The volunteer experience broadens the horizons for many college students and gives them hands-on experience with adaptive sports. Our Board members and volunteers give generously of their time to implement programs and fundraising events. The EDDMF has a balanced fundraising stream with support from individuals, foundations, businesses and special events.

We have provided more than 3,800 opportunities for children and adults with disabilities to play sports. We provide unduplicated service in 3 geographic locations: Central New York, Castleton, Vermont and the greater Burlington area of Vermont.
Our skiing program has helped 2 skiers achieve their dream of competing at the Paralympic Games, and many others to compete nationally.
We have helped countless youth discover their love for sports and make friends along the way.
“This program is excellent for my children. It made them feel so good about themselves."
“We’ve tried to have Patrick join a team and it hasn’t worked. That’s why your programs are so important to our family.”
We have provided encouragement and respite for parents of children with disabilities. Parents know that their child will receive the focus and full attention their volunteer buddy.

Financials

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Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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ERIC DOUGLAS DETTENRIEDER MEMORIAL FUND

Board of directors
as of 3/6/2020
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board co-chair

Rosalie Higgins


Board co-chair

Sarah Raimundo

Richard Davidson

Russel Dettenrieder

Sharon Dettenrieder

Rosalie Higgins

Matt Lilja

Edward Owens

Amy Wichterman

Rebecca Lilja

Celie Smith

Melissa Bronson

Elaine O'Mara Hulbert

Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? No
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? No
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? No
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? No
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? No