Learn · Heal · Thrive

The Jack & Kathy Copeland Center at Fern Creek Lodge will empower service members and veterans to reach for fulfilling civilian lives through health, wellness, and education.

Our Program Will Change Lives

What Our Supporters Have To Say...

"You can’t put a price tag on an opportunity to come to a place as soothing as Mammoth for these Wounded Warriors - to feel like they’re not alone, that they’re not forgotten. It’s a chance to fundamentally save or change a person for the rest of their life."

Larry D. Nicholson, (Retired) Commanding General, 1st Marine Division, U.S.M.C

"The whole experience with all of Disabled Sports Eastern Sierra was really a huge confidence boost for me. I left with high self-esteem and motivation to strive for more."

Wounded Warrior, Cpl Brock Bigej

"I have been up to Mammoth and watched Kathy Copeland and her incredible team firsthand. The work they do for our wounded, ill and injured Marines is amazing, and gives recovering Marines and sailors self-esteem and self-confidence like few things I have seen."

Col.Willard A. Buhl USMC

"I felt some peace of mind here within myself, which I haven’t had in more than five years since returning from Iraq."

Wounded Warrior, Jordan

"Participating as a supporter of the Wounded Warrior program at Disabled Sports Eastern Sierra allows our family to say a simple thank you. Our efforts will never be able to equal the sacrifice of these heroes, but in some small way we hope they feel our deep and earnest appreciation for their service."

Donor, Steve Garcia

Be Part of the Journey

Turn your inspiration into action. Here’s how you can get involved helping military athletes and veterans in the Eastern Sierra:

Please consider a one-time or monthly donation to support facility development, Center programs, or operations.

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Share our story with friends and ask them to pass it on. Our work is especially meaningful to the families of veterans.

“Service members tell me the hardest part of being in the military is getting out. Our wounded, ill and injured heroes need our support! Thank you in advance for making a difference and supporting our Wounded Warriors as quickly as possible!”

Kathy Copeland, Founding Director, Disabled Sports Eastern Sierra

News & Updates

Bob Waggoner Veteran Memorial Golf Tournament

Thank you to every golfer, donor, and community member who made the September 2022 Bob Waggoner Memorial Golf Tournament a huge success. This tournament raised nearly $27,000 for DSES Military Programming! Images taken by Mark Jobe. View full photo album in DSES Dropbox folder here.

Summer 2022 Construction Photos

The Jack & Kathy Copeland Center at Fern Creek Lodge will be the new home for year-round programs to serve veterans, military service members, and people of all ages with disabilities. Remodeling of the facility began this summer and the team has been working to make the space accessible. Beginning in July 2022 Galvanized water […]

Disabled Sports Eastern Sierra Announces Acquisition of Fern Creek Lodge, June Lake, CA

Historic resort to be renovated into retreat for adaptive military and sports programs. June Lake, CA – November 30, 2021 The Board of Directors of Disabled Sports Eastern Sierra (DSES) are proud to announce the acquisition of the Fern Creek Lodge in June Lake, California. The facility will be used as the home of a […]

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