National Ability Center

I Can

Park City, UT   |  www.discovernac.org

Mission

The National Ability Center empowers individuals of all abilities by building self-esteem, confidence and lifetime skills through sport, recreation, and educational programs. Our vision is to inspire individual achievement and create a global impact for people of all abilities.

Ruling year info

1998

Chief Executive Officer

Mr. Danny Glasser

Main address

1000 Ability Way

Park City, UT 84068 USA

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EIN

94-3025807

NTEE code info

Physical Fitness/Community Recreational Facilities (N30)

Alliance/Advocacy Organizations (E01)

Alliance/Advocacy Organizations (E01)

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Engagement in sports and recreation can positively affect people with disabilities in a profound way. For some, these activities empower individuals to make their own choices and take their own risks. For others, the gradual acquisition of new skills builds the self-confidence necessary to take on other life challenges such as pursuing education or employment. Recreation and sports activities are a proven catalyst to promote freedom, increase relatedness with others and enhance overall well-being. Adaptive recreation programs are shown to be an effective means of developing self-confidence and life skills in people of all abilities. Programs at the National Ability Center (NAC) establish a link between participation in recreational experiences with loved ones that, not only deepen and enrich lives, but also offers the necessary human connections between peers and family members – creating lasting change within communities.

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?

Year-Round Adaptive Sport, Recreation and Educational Programs

National Ability Center (NAC) was founded in 1985 as a community-based program serving a handful of veterans with disabilities. In 2017, NAC merged business operations with Splore (founded in 1977) to become one of the most extensive providers of adaptive recreation and outdoor adventures in the country. With a combined 70 years of expertise in the adaptive outdoor recreation industry, Splore and NAC share a collective vision of inclusion that reaches a national and international audience. Our organization's continuing mission is to provide programming that empowers people of all abilities – including athletes, veterans, adults and children – to achieve more than they feel capable of doing.
Since inception, the NAC’s emphasis is not on the mastery of sport, but the positive life outcomes that can be achieved when one faces challenges and realizes new accomplishments.

Population(s) Served
People with disabilities
Families

Where we work

Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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

Charting impact

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

As society evolves, so do attitudes. The current world focus is shifting from simply caring for the sick or coping with disability to one of creating new opportunities, greater empowerment and an improved quality of life for all. Programs at the National Ability Center are designed to meet the unique needs of individuals and families of all abilities by:

* Transforming “I can't" to “I can" and functioning as a gateway to meeting greater life challenges.
* Creating the possibility of healing and unification of the entire family, not just the individual.
* Leveling the “playing field" by creating environments and communities through programs where everyone can participate together.
* Empowering participants to return to their communities as examples of successful healing and accomplishment.
* Changing the life narrative of participants from disabled to ENABLED.

National Ability Center (NAC) is committed to the advancement of our mission through a planned, strategic and sustainable process. Our five-year strategic plan is updated every year under the direction of our Board of Directors with guidance from community stakeholders. These strategic goals provide direction and focus within all levels of the organization and generate the actions necessary that enable realization of our mission and vision.

High-Level Strategic Goals include:

1. PROGRAMS: Deliver innovative programs with excellence.
2. PEOPLE: Empower develop and retain individuals who create a culture of possibilities and excellence.
3. FINANCE: Grow financial support and awareness within a culture of philanthropy, diversity and advocacy.
4. FACILITIES: Develop, maintain, and expand world-class facilities and resources to support program goals.
5. DEVELOPMENT: Develop a broad-based financial resource portfolio to support organizational growth and excellence

As a leader in adaptive recreation, sports development and educational services, the NAC promotes the concept of ability through inclusion, awareness, education and training. We aim to help individuals of all abilities live more complete and integrated lives by:

* Producing a positive shift in the public perception of "ability" by creating extraordinary role models and leaders within our communities.
* Offering world-class and diverse adaptive recreational and sport programming that appeals to the broadest group of individuals, interests, and needs.
* Providing nurturing yet challenging programs led by professional, accredited, and knowledgeable staff members, volunteers, coaches and mentors.
* Building sustainable partnerships with organizations around the world that share our commitment to improving the lives of individuals with disabilities.
* Blending occupational and physical therapies with sports instruction and achievement through year-round adaptive recreation programs.

Recent organizational accomplishments include:

- Empowered over 3,200 people of all abilities through participation in more than 20,000 experiences and activities.
- After two years of not being able to run our multi-day overnight rafting trips due to Covid restrictions, we are excited to be re-igniting this program this upcoming season.
- The National Ability Center created a partnership with a local youth academy which will bring additional youth to our Equestrian Assisted Learning program on a weekly basis.
- We had over 1,000 participants register for our summer programs on Tuesday, Feb 15th - our first day of open registration in 2022

Financials

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National Ability Center

Board of directors
as of 3/24/2022
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Mr. Robert Chamberlain

CEO and Owner, Monterey Technologies

Term: 2022 - 2023

Cydney Quinn

Participant Parent

Gary Vickery

Partner, Tanner LLC

Robert Chamberlain

President, Monterey Technologies

Kris Ward

Participant Parent

David Perry

Principal and Founder, Perry IQ

Ira Hammerman

Executive VP and General Counsel, SIFMA

Francesca Luthi

Executive Vice President, Assurant

Rhonda Taubin

Physician, Intermountain Healthcare Park City Specialty Clinic

David Been

Senior Director, USAF Mission System Requirements, L3Harris

Lori Harris

Retail Store Owner

Ron Hauben

Vice Chair and General Counsel, Ernst & Young

Dave Lundberg

Senior Director Skier Services, Park City Mountain Resort

Stephani Victor

Paralympic Gold Medalist Motivational Speaker

Christena Durham

Participant Grandparent, Executive Vice President, Huntsman Foundation

Brad Petersen

Partner, Germania Construction

Laurie McGrath

Owner, McGrath Development

Chad Baker

Attorney, Parsons Behle & Latimer

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 03/23/2022

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