Disabled Sports Eastern Sierra (DSES) [link to disabledsportseasternsierra.org in new tab] is a 501(c)3 non-profit that’s been in operation since 2003 in Mammoth Lakes, California. DSES provides adaptive sports instruction and therapeutic outdoor recreation for people of any age and any disability. DSES offers state-of-the-art equipment and specialized teaching methodologies to support people pursuing their adaptive outdoor recreation goals. Whether a student wants to pursue competition in a given sport or simply feel the sensation of sliding down a snow-covered slope, DSES provides customized, one-on-one lessons for each athlete. We currently host specialized opportunities for veterans and military athletes each year. The positive impact of these programs, as seen through the participant, motivates us to enhance and expand these programs to help veterans learn, heal, and thrive.
Situated among the stunning landscapes of the Eastern Sierra, programs offered at the Center will leverage the self-confidence, independence developed through adaptive sports to open doors to career opportunities and personal success for veterans with disabilities.
DSES is not currently affiliated with the Wounded Warrior Project. We use wounded warriors as a generic term meaning all wounded, ill or injured servicemen or women. Unlike many organizations, our programs are designed to be inclusive, supporting both active duty and veteran service members of any age, from any branch of service, with any illness or injury, combat-related or not. Caretakers and family members are also welcome to participate.
We project up to 200 military and veteran participants will use the facility each year staying a variety of time frames.
DSES offers Paralympic sports and daily lessons for injured, ill, and wounded service members and veterans. DSES also offers two annual camps specifically for military athletes: Operation Mountain Freedom in the winter and Operation High Altitude in the summer. Both of these adaptive sport camps are for active duty and veteran athletes with disabilities. You can learn more current military programs and how to participate at Disabled Sports Eastern Sierra. Our programs are open to all wounded warriors of all ages – that includes World War II, Korea, Vietnam, and beyond. We welcome all veterans with disabilities, whether or not it was a war injury.