The 2nd Annual Turns and Berms camp in Bend, Oregon occurred over the long weekend of Thursday, April 20 to Sunday, April 23. Through a partnership between Oregon Adaptive Sports and the Kelly Brush Foundation, ten lucky participants got to lay down some fresh turns all over Mt Bachelor in the morning and then schralp some berms in the afternoon on Bend’s mountain bike trails. All the campers had an incredible time, even with the crazy weather changes from snow to sleet to rain to sunshine! As everyone put it they were “#soaked&stoked.” Team KBF participant, Laura McNulty,  summed up the incredible 4-day camp best, “I can even tell you how absolutely full and satisfied I feel from this camp, still soaking in the stoke, literally.”

KBF Program Director, Greg Durso, shared his thoughts from the camp:

“It is such an incredible opportunity to team up with our close friends at Oregon Adaptive Sports and head to Bend, Oregon to meet current and now new Team KBF grant recipients. Being able to have a landscape that has skiing and mountain biking 20 minutes apart creates such a unique experience. Getting people adaptive sports equipment is so important but it is also just as important to be able to have experiences using that equipment with the adaptive community. I really think Ben Hulin grant recipient and participant said it the best….”It was so cool to be a part of a camp and pull away some learning as well as rub shoulders with some other people who could also learn from me. You are building some amazing experiences for people involved with and for KBF. It has been amazing to see KBF’s momentum keep charging ahead.”

As a part of the KBF’s initiative to provide more meaningful support for people with SCI, the Turns & Berms camp was another perfect example of how we can foster these opportunities. Going forward the KBF plans to take these learnings from local camps and continue to expand them across the country. Learn more about camps here. 

Photo Credit: Pat Addabbo