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Life with Gracie

The Kiltz Family Story


Gracie’s story epitomizes the hope the Adaptive Sports Center mission brings to the world.

Born with Down syndrome and an incredible zest for life, Gracie Kiltz blessed everyone in her orbit. What an honor to be the reason Gracie and her family could experience outdoor adventures together. On the mountain or the trail, her gusto, bright smile and squeals of pure glee elated and inspired us all.


We exist for this very purpose. To empower people with disabilities through exceptional outdoor adventure activities, providing a positive, enduring effect on their independence and overall well-being.

Thank you to the Kiltz family for sharing Gracie’s light with us. We’re privileged to have known her and be part of her mountaintop memories. Please know that her legacy of abundant joy lives on at the Adaptive Sports Center.

“What Adaptive does is it keeps families together. Because just think how sad our life would have been if we couldn’t have vacationed together as a family. I’m really thankful that we had those 25 years. It could have been that we lost out on 25 years of an amazing life with her. But we didn’t.”

– John Kiltz