Disabled Sports Eastern Sierra has Record-Breaking Season

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Vail Veterans are honored

Mammoth Lakes, CA

- Mammoth's Disabled Sports Eastern Sierra (DSES) is proud to announce a record-breaking 2007/08 season in which DSES taught 20 percent more lessons than ever before. DSES Director Kathy Copeland attributes the accomplishment in part to the success of the Wounded Warriors Project, which hosted ten severely wounded military men and their families in February 2008. Coming off the momentum of a record season, DSES is presenting an exciting summer adventure, Wounded Warriors Project Operation High Altitude, which will be held in Mammoth from June 2-6, 2008.

Through the cooperation of Mammoth Mountain Ski Area, Disabled Sports Eastern Sierra, the Naval Medical Center in San Diego, the Wounded Warrior Project, Disabled Sports USA and generous donations from the Mammoth Lakes community, severely wounded soldiers will have an opportunity to try their hand at Operation High Altitude summer activities that include kayaking, fishing, hand-cycling, mountain biking and rock climbing. One of the soldiers attending was a participant in the winter program and is now returning to experience summer fun in the Eastern Sierra.

"The Wounded Warrior Project is designed to empower these military personnel to adapt to life with their war injuries," says Copeland. "We are rolling out the red carpet to those who have sustained severe injuries in Iraq or Afghanistan to show them that we appreciate the sacrifices they've made for our country. We're thrilled to have so many new adventurers on this trip, which will hopefully be the first trip of many!"

Operation High Altitude is made possible thanks to help from volunteers and generous donations from local establishments including the Breakfast Club, Red's Hot Dogs, Crowley Lake Store, McGee Creek Campground, Caldera Kayaks, Sierra Mountain Guides, Mammoth Disposal, Mammoth Lakes Fire Department, Bishop Nursery, Eastern Sierra Transit Authority, many local fishing guides, musicians and Craig and Anne Knoche and friends.

With 38 years of experience, the Wounded Warrior Project has proven that early intervention with active sports results in successful rehabilitation and offers Wounded Warriors the chance to re-build their lives through sport. The Wounded Warriors and their family members are provided these opportunities free of charge including transportation, lodging, adaptive equipment and individualized instruction. For more information visit