Thanks to our participating athletes and their families for the following feedback and testimonials from our WINTER or SUMMER surveys. Along with statistical information about your experience, USARC may share (anonymously) these responses with various philanthropic organizations and individuals in order to secure grants and other funding to keep our fees significantly lower than any comparable program in the west! Plus, USARC draws one name from the testimonials we print for a free lesson during the winter or summer! Thank you for sharing your important feedback.
“This is our daughter’s third year participating with USARC and we look forward
to this experience every year. We always know she is capable hands and there is
nothing better for us than seeing her get so much joy from skiing. Thank you for everything you do!”
“Our son is on the autism spectrum and doesn’t always like to try new things; his
favorite phrase is ‘Let’s go home.’ He had two lessons and the next morning he
woke up and said ‘I want to go skiing!’ Not only does USARC make it possible
for him to enjoy the snow, but it allowed the rest of the family to ski, knowing he
was safe with people trained to work with him.”
“Wow, my son had the time of his life! He was able to be independent while under
the guidance of a wonderfully patient, supportive coach. Thank you USARC!”
"I never thought I'd participate again due to my paralysis, but with USARC it happened! My coaches helped me build my confidence with excellent instruction and guidance. They made me feel secure, yet with enough freedom to help me succeed. I'm grateful for their professionalism and genuine love to help people with disabilities enjoy a much richer life through skiing."
As a parent of a child participant I find it thrilling for her to have access to exciting sports. For my child, I see the elation she has with the speed, and how much she laughs. Pure joy!
Being 6 years out of her injury she wanted to try to ski again. We researched how to learn to ski and we found USARC. I can't begin to describe what an amazing day we had. I truley believe you are all unsung heros. To take a program such as yours, make it affordable, and give people with all types of disabilities the opportunity to become empowered again is nothing short of magic.
We participated in the Big Bear USARC for the first time in March. Wow! My son had the time of his life! He was able to be independent while under the guidance of a wonderfully patient and supportive instructor. Thank you!
USARC offers an extremely valuable program and this is a very unique resource for the disabled. It is hard to imagine alternatives if this program did not exist. It is the only program within SoCal that offers the range of options, well managed and overall tailored for the specific needs of all disabilities. Thanks for being an awesome community resource. USARC services are extremely valuable to our entire family, it allows us to enjoy outdoors together. Thanks!
Skiing with USARC volunteers provides my daughter the ability to participate in activities that typical children are able to enjoy. Her disability, Angelman Syndrome, affects her neurological functions. Being able to participate in fast paced activities, like skiing, has provided my daughter tremendous joy and has improved her self confidence. I bring in videos of Caroline skiing and the typical kids are always impressed to see "differently abled" kiddos out there living their best life and not sitting on the sidelines. The typical kids talk to her about their ski or snowboarding experience and she loves to give them high fives.
My instructors were wonderful! I couldn't believe how much they helped me achieve in one day while also keeping me safe. This was not only a fun experience, but it encouraged me about how much I can still do while living with a disability that affects my mobility. I'm so thankful for USARC!
USARC gives me the ability to participate in a sport with my family!
We love the program! The staff and volunteers are very friendly and knowledgeable and make the participants feel as if they do not have a disabilities. Thank you for helping the participants experience success, which can be difficult in their day-to-day lives.
My husband and I are grateful that our daughter didn't have to watch us snowboarding from her wheelchair. Not only did she pass me up numerous times, she even skied in a halfpipe. USARC, Tommy D. and Steve, thank you for making Big Bear a memorable family trip!
USARC is a fantastic program that introduced my Autistic child to a sport activity that he was afraid to try on his own. It boosted his self confidence and interest into trying other new activities. Thank you very much for taking great care of my son.