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Veterans and First Responders

Operation Rise and Conquer

Through our Operation Rise and Conquer program, the Adaptive Sports Center provides high-quality adventure activities for veterans, military service personnel and first responders who have a disability. Operation Rise and Conquer was created in 2013 to empower and inspire wounded soldiers and veterans to regain confidence and trust in themselves and others. In 2019, the scholarship program was extended to include first responders and their family members.

The Adaptive Sports Center is excited to offer veterans, active military and first responders with disabilities and their families $50.00 full day lessons for summer and winter activities. The special rate is also available to veterans, active military and first responders who have a family member or child with a disability. 

The Adaptive Sports Center serves veterans and military with disabilities through our Operation Rise & Conquer program. As Jose shares, “You never do anything alone in military. You have a battle buddy. Someone you can count on.” Through sports, this comradery is regained. “Even if only for a week, that could be week that saves someone’s life.”


Our instructors are experienced working with veterans, military, and first responders with disabilities. Since its inception in 1987, the Adaptive Sports Center has hosted veterans with disabilities. During the early 1990s the Adaptive Sports Center was selected to host the National Disabled Veterans Winter Sports Clinic, a program sponsored by The Department of Veterans Affairs to introduce military servicemen and women with disabilities to skiing and snowboarding. Hundreds of military veterans with traumatic brain injuries, spinal cord injuries, orthopedic amputations, visual impairments, certain neurological conditions and other disabilities came together in Crested Butte for the event.

The Adaptive Sports Center serves more than 150 veterans, military service members, first responders, and their families, while also providing high-quality adventure programming for groups of veterans and first responders from Brooke Army Medical Center, Paralyzed Veterans of America, DC Firefighter Burn Foundation, Servicemembers Undertaking Disabled Sports, Fort Carson, and Operation BASH.


Adaptive Sports Center instructors are experienced working with veterans, active military and first responders with permanent disabilities, as well as organizations and hospitals serving these individuals. Call (970) 349-2296 with questions or to book your adventure. 


Thank you

Thanks to the generosity of the following organizations who help support Operation Rise and Conquer.

American Supply Association

Operation Rise and Conquer is a collaboration between the Adaptive Sports Center and the Emerging Leaders Division of the American Supply Association (ASA). Thanks to the generosity of the American Supply Association's members and their contributions to Operation Rise & Conquer, hundreds of veterans have experienced programming at the Adaptive Sports Center.

Move United Warfighters

This Program was funded in part by a grant from the United States Department of Veterans Affairs. The opinions, findings and conclusions stated herein are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect those of the United States Department of Veterans Affairs.