Posts Tagged ‘Events’

2010 Dryland Clinic

October 11th, 2010

DSUSA-OC – Dryland Clinic

Saturday, October 23rd


START Physical Therapy

360 San Miguel Dr, Suite 301

Newport Beach, CA 92660

9 am – 1 pm


Map Link


Clinic will be led by Karey Kusuhara, Director of Education, Brent Kusuhara, Director of Instruction, the DSUSA-OC medical staff and others. Will include equipment demonstrations, video analysis and many other exciting topics. Come get a jump on what is looking to be another great season with The Achievers!

Questions / Directions contact Gary “Commander G” Konecne @ 714-478-5602

Picnic Pictures

October 4th, 2010

I did not have a chance to make it to the picnic this year, but I understand it was well attended by a lot of new members as well as some returning. Gary, Pat & a few others did a great job putting everything together at Pat’s place this year. Karen sent over some picture, check them out below.

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2010 Ski-a-thon

March 16th, 2010


What another great weekend we had at Mammoth for the Ski-a-Thon. We had a lot of students, families & instructors come up on the trip.

Since we have had more interest from students wanting to snowboard, Karey put on a great snowboard clinic on Friday morning for our snowboarding instructors. We put on a full day of lessons on Saturday before a well deserved Pot-Luck dinner. Come Sunday morning Brent had setup a challenging slalom course straight down the toughest part of Sesame Street.

I don’t know who was the fastest or who made the most runs, one thing is for sure everyone had a good time. Enjoy the pictures Bernhard & Karen sent in.

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February 18th, 2010


Dear Friends and Supporters:

Have you ever noticed a disabled person and thought how lucky you are to be able to walk, think, see and hear, without giving it a second thought?  Have you ever counted your blessings because you’re able to live a “normal” life?  When you think of the everyday challenges disabled individuals face, it is inspiring just to see how bravely they manage their day-to-day lives.  Now, imagine this same individual skiing down Mammoth Mountain!  Incredible? You bet!  Impossible?  No way!  It happens every month through Disabled Sports USA of Orange County.

Our organization, DSUSA-OC, provides this opportunity for disabled children and adults.  The heart of this program is to teach disabled individuals how to ski in a safe, fun, and nurturing environment.  Through this sport, however, a much bigger lesson is being learned by all involved — self-esteem and confidence.  The freedom of skiing and the success of learning a new skill bring to life the guiding philosophy of our group:

“If I Can Do This, I Can Do Anything!”


DSUSA-OC is a labor of love that exists because of the generosity of volunteer instructors, parents, students, and doctors who donate their time and energy to making this group a reality.  Mammoth Mountain also endorses us by generously donating lift tickets for students and instructors.

Because of the high medical costs associated with having a disability, many of our students would not be able to afford to participate if we charged for the instruction or equipment.  Unlike other groups, we provide these free-of-charge.  However, specialized equipment designed for disabled individuals is very expensive and costly to maintain.  That is why we need your help!

We are a solely self-supporting, non-profit organization.  We have no paid staff and receive no support from the government.  The funds to keep this program alive are raised through private/corporate donations, and annual events that we host through out the year.

Please find a place in your heart to assist so that these disabled individuals can experience a new sense of freedom, accomplishment and success that they may have never felt before!  If you want to know more, please ask a student or volunteer what this group means to him or her.

Thank you for your kindness and generosity.

To donate, please contact our Fundraising Chair, John at

P.O. Box 10502
Fullerton, CA  92838

Mammoth to Host Olympic Qualifying Event January 8-10

December 21st, 2009

Shaun White celebrates winning the Olympic halfpipe gold medal in 2006 at the Turin Games in Italy.

Mammoth Mountain will host part of the qualifying competitions on the weekend of January 8-10, 2009 as part of the Grand Prix Series of snowboarding. The Grand Prix Series determines who the US will be sending to the Winter Olympics this February in Vancouver British Columbia. The series has already started at Copper Mountain, Colorado on Dec 11-12 with american men & women taking 5 of the 6 podium spots. The final decisions will be made in Park City on the weekend of January 22-23.

I bring this up because this event coincides with our next student trip to Mammoth, this will be a great opportunity to see some of the best in the world competing right in front of the Main Lodge.



Photo: Shaun White celebrates winning the Olympic halfpipe gold medal in 2006 at the Turin Games in Italy. Credit: Wally Skalij / Los Angeles Times

AES Fundraising Luncheon

December 5th, 2009

John Ledbetter had invited us to come & be the beneficiary of a fundraising luncheon at the AES on December 4th at AES where he works. One of AES’s facilities is the power plant along PCH in Huntington Beach. According to John, AES is quite active with supporting local HB causes. They knew John has been a member of ‘The Achievers’ for quite some time so when he suggested having us come in as a beneficiary they were all for it.

John made it very easy for us, he lined everything up for the event on December 4th. AES & Turbine Repair Services supported this luncheon by bring in Marshall’s Bodacious BBQ out of Ventura to provide lunch for all the onsite worker’s. There was a phenomenal turnout. John started by introducing our group & his involvement over the past 14 years. Mac took the mike next to explain the history of the group, Gordon & Casey each took turns with stories of their experiences with the group & Granny was there to lend her continuous support. Gary happened to have the ‘Mountain Man’ Bi-Ski down here so he brought that by. There were pictures from Mammoth & brochures so everyone there had a good understanding of what we do. This was very well done and the result are as follows…this says it all.


From: Susan
Sent: Friday, December 04, 2009 12:50 PM
To: John; Huntington Beach People
Cc: Eric; Minh
Subject: RE: Lunch Fundraiser


Today was another successful fundraising day, thanks to all of you. The total donation going to Disabled Sports USA O.C. will be $7,028.82. Please be sure to thank your contractors for their continual contributions, without them this would not be possible. I would also like to thank Stu, John, Jason and Bill for all of their help. See you next Friday!



$7,028.82…THANKS JOHN!!!

BBQ Display DSUSAOC Crew Speakers

How To Join

November 23rd, 2009

Becoming a member of Disabled Sports, Orange County

Anyone can join “The Achievers”. We have a number of categories of membership. You can join as an instructor, student or volunteer.

Membership fees are applicable from September to the following August, non pro-rated. To join, please download the forms below and send it to the address in the upper right corner with your dues payment or bring them to a general meeting. Also, due to the realities of the times we live in, all instructors and volunteers are required to have a background check completed before participating with our students. The organization pays the fees for this service.

In order for a student to go on a trip, the following items need to be done:

  1. Become a member of Disabled Sports, Orange County – The Achievers
  2. Medical Clearance Form – This needs to be signed by your primary physician.
  3. Medical History Form – Be evaluated by one of our staff, this can be done at a General Meeting
  4. Sign up for a trip (via a trip reservation form in our monthly newsletters, or at a general meeting)
  5. (Optional) Sign up and pay for group arranged lodging in Mammoth Lakes.
  6. Go skiing/snowboarding!
Policies and Procedures
Welcome Package
Membership Form
Medical Clearance  
Liability Release Form
Trip Reservation Form

Students and/or their families are responsible for transportation to and from Mammoth Lakes and in town during a trip, though there may be car-pooling opportunities available.

Students who have paid their membership, completed all paperwork and been evaluated receive:

  • Free lift ticket
  • Free instruction
  • Free Adaptive equipment
  • Fun!
  • Other benefits

For additional questions, please contact our Membership Chair, Karen via email at


How To Become An Instructor

Instruction is taken very seriously at Disabled Sports, Orange County. Safety is always first. Secondly, we need to have fun! If we can learn how to ski or ride better, that’s just icing on the cake. Our monthly trips have three instructional sessions during the weekend when our volunteer instructors help our students have fun skiing or snowboarding and work on improving their on snow skills.

Here’s an outline of a typical weekend trip:

Arrive by at least Friday night or very early Saturday morning.
Meet at the Main Lodge at Mammoth Mountain Resort before 9:15 am.
Receive your teaching assignment and lift ticket.
Teach from 9:30 to 12 noon.
Lunch from 12 to 1 pm.
More instructing from 1pm to 3:30 pm.
Instructors meeting from 4 pm to 4:30. (usually)
Group potluck Saturday evening about 7 pm.
Meet at the Main Lodge Sunday morning before 9:15 am.
Teach from 9:30 to 12 noon.
Your Sunday afternoon is yours . . .

That’s it!

How to become an Instructor
We are always looking for instructors to help us teach adaptive skiing and snowboarding.

What are the requirements for becoming an instructor with The Achievers?

The most important quality that we are looking for is someone who wants to help in any way they can. Volunteer instructing is not for everyone, but if you want to help and make a difference, we can teach you the rest. Second, you should also be at least an advanced beginner with your skiing/riding skills. If you can ski/board the runs Sesame Street, Gingerbread, Schoolyard or Pumpkin at Mammoth Ski Area without much problem, then you probably have the minimum skiing/riding skills that we need. Note that the majority of our students are skiers, so potential instructors need to be aware that they should have some skiing skills (which we will be happy to train them on) if their usual snow sport is boarding.

We highly recommend that first time instructors attend our training seminar in Orange County in October and the on-hill clinic at Mammoth in November. These training sessions will give you a greater idea of what is involved in teaching adaptive skiing as well as give you information and hands-on experience with adaptive teaching techniques.

The first year that you instruct is generally an apprenticeship. Ideally, in most circumstances, rookies will not be responsible for teaching a student on their own during their first season. You will be grouped with one or more experienced instructors to observe and help out as directed by the veteran instructor(s).

All instructors are expected to have instruction as their first and main priority; we are there for the students, and free skiing is an extra bonus. If, for some reason, your student should decide to quit for the day or become ill, you should check with the V.P. of Instruction or a designated leader for further assignment.

Instructors who have paid their membership and completed their paperwork receive:

•Free training
•Free lift ticket while instructing
•Free skiing on Friday and Sunday afternoon

The membership package for the instructor/family includes the following forms Membership & Liability Release. An additional requirement of our instructors & volunteers is to submit to a background screening check.  For more information on our background screening program, please see National Center For Safety Initiatives.

For additional questions, please contact our Membership Chair, Karen via email

2009 Instructor Trip is Canceled

November 16th, 2009

We did have some interest in the upcoming Instructor Trip, but alas we are going to have to cancel the event. Due to the limited terrain that is open, we thought it best to postpone our instructor training. We will work our Instructor clinics into the next few trips.

The next trip on the weekend of December 11th-13th will be our first student trip of the season. The general meeting to be held prior to this trip will be held on November the 25th at 7PM.

Think Snow!

Kickoff Picnic

October 24th, 2009

We had a great picnic to start the season off right! The weather was great as you can see from these pictures that Karen sent over. We had some new members as well as some members coming back that we haven’t seen in a few years.

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DSUSA-OC Dryland Clinic & Kickoff Picnic

October 15th, 2009

Good Morning Achievers,

            The snow is falling ….and Mammoth is opening tomorrow! So the topic of discussion at last nights general meeting was whether it was better to leave at 2 or 3 in the morning in order to make it there for hot chocolate & first tracks with Wooly.

For those of us who aren’t ready to start the season just yet & would like a little warmup we are having the Dryland Clinic and the Picnic on Saturday October the 24th.

Dryland Clinic

            The Dryland is going to be in Newport Beach in the Fashion Island complex. It will start at 8:30 with a breakfast hosted by us & then move into the class at 9:00 which will cover;

· Introduction to Adaptive Snowsports (for new recruits; review/participation for returning)

· Movement Analysis

· Teaching Tips

The location is;

START Physical Therapy

360 San Miguel Ave,  Suite 301

Newport Beach,  CA    92660

It is OK to park anywhere it says “Patient parking” in the lot or parking structure. From elevators, turn right down the hallway, right at the next hallway. Suite 301 is the last door on the left.

Please RSVP to Karey or if you have any questions at for the Dryland.

Kickoff Picnic

            This year the picnic location has changed, it is going to be held in Irvine, not far from the dryland clinic. If you know any potential students or instructors who might be interested in joining us, bring them along. This is a great time to introduce them to the group. We will have all the necessary membership paperwork for students & instructors. It will run from 12-4 & we will of course provide the hotdogs, hamburgers & soft drinks, if you would like to bring a side dish we would appreciate it.

A-L   –  Side Dish

M-Z  –  Dessert

The picnic will be in the vicinity of the 405 & Culver Dr. at;

3754 Hamilton Ave.

Irvine, CA

The easiest way to get there from the dryland clinic is to go north on Macarthur & make a right on Bonita Canyon Rd., this turns into Culver. Make the first left after the 405 onto Ferris, then make a left at the end on Wayne, make a right on Huron. At the end you can go either way to a cul-de-sac next to the park.

It looks like you can park on the street & the picnic will be behind the clubhouse. Please RSVP by replying to this email or you can contact Gary at if you have any questions.

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