Who We Are

Disabled Sports Eastern Sierra is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization providing adaptive sports and therapeutic outdoor recreation for people with disabilities. Alongside the professional year-round and seasonal staff, the organization brings in more than 200 passionate volunteers to assist with 3,420 annual summer and winter lessons and adaptive programs.

An initiative of DSES, the National Wounded Warrior Center will empower wounded, ill, and injured servicemen and women by facilitating their transition into fulfilling civilian lives through education, health, and wellness.

Since 2007, Kathy Copeland, the Founding Director of DSES, began programs for wounded warriors. Seeing how participants benefitted was a major impetus for Kathy to do more, and create the National Wounded Warrior Center.

Generation after generation of Americans answer the call to serve our nation and protect our freedoms. These men and women are heroes who serve in faraway places and face life-threatening situations. The price they pay is great, and many come home with special needs and challenges, both visible and invisible.

Disabled Sports Eastern Sierra is one of the nation's leading organizations working to help these Wounded Warriors learn, heal, and thrive.

- Kathy Copelad, Founding Director