Hometown: Kensington, MD
College: Warren Wilson College
Degree: B.A. in Outdoor Leadership
When Program Supervisor Pat Addabbo was hired by the Adaptive Sports Center in Fall 2010, he was one of the youngest employees on staff and already had an enviable résumé to his name. Most notably, he served as Chapter Services Coordinator for Disabled Sports USA in Washington, D.C., acting as a liaison for 110 adaptive sports programs around the country. At the ASC, he has earned a reputation for being bright, energetic, even-keeled and a natural leader, working behind-the-scenes to make sure our programs are running like clockwork.
What made you decide to pursue adaptive sports as a career?
My interest in the field started in college. Numerous classes in our Outdoor Leadership curriculum touched on universal programming, providing adventure activities for all populations, and I found myself particularly drawn to this side of the industry. I liked the added challenge as a facilitator having to adapt each activity to a unique individual. There is a lot more investment from both the client and the staff member to create a successful experience; a sort of “we’re in this thing together,” feeling and I think the result is that both sides get more out of the experience.
What is the most satisfying part of your job as Program supervisor?
Successfully coordinating our busiest days as a program is extremely satisfying to me. When the office is buzzing with almost 100 people
coming in and out, to pull everything off on a given day and see a couple dozen participants leave exhausted with big smiles on their faces in the afternoon, I go home energized and excited to come back and do it all over again.
Where do you see the adaptive sports industry in the future?
In recent years there has been a large amount of growth of public awareness in the adaptive sports industry. From multi-million dollar
marketing campaigns run by the United States Olympic Committee side by side for the
Olympic and Paralympic teams, to hundreds of local adaptive programs popping up in
communities nationwide, the recognition of adaptive sports has risen dramatically in the past couple decades. This awareness is going to continue to increase access for people with disabilities to experience all types of sport and adventure and continue to push the limit as to what is known as “normal” and possible.
What makes Crested Butte a great summer destination?
We have something for everyone here, and the ASC makes that statement absolute. From world-class singletrack to alpine meadows enveloped in wildflowers, you pretty much can’t go wrong, and the ASC will help you find whatever it is you’re looking for.