National Ability Center ceremony introduces expanded ropes course
Community partners, NAC participants praise upgrades
June 9, 2017
The National Ability Center unveiled their newly renovated adaptive ropes challenge course on Saturday, June 3. Designed by one of the top five adaptive course builders in the U.S., enhancements allow for better functionality for all types of wheelchairs, mobility devices and challenges.
The event commenced with remarks from Dustin Lipson, Operations Office for Primary Children's Hospital and a National Ability Center Board Member who welcomed the crowd of community supporters. The Utah Office of Outdoor Recreation Director, Tom Adams, and Mikelle Moore the Senior VP of Community Health at Intermountain Healthcare, whose organization provided generous funding for the course's expansion, spoke about the importance of supporting the NAC's impactful programs for those in Utah and visitors of all abilities to our state.
"My children, Ainsley Moore (10, girl) and Jameson Moore (7, boy), were excited to try the ropes course. I watched them both grow mentally while they were up there," said Mikelle Moore. "Overcoming self-doubt by successfully completing it blew their minds. There are not too many moments in life when you can actually witness your children's view of the world expanding and Saturday was one of those moments for our family and many others."
"The ropes course is my favorite activities at the NAC," said National Ability Center youth participant, Ainsley Moore. "It reminds me that I can conquer even the most difficult obstacles if I just believe in myself."
Lipson and Adams were the first climbers on the course to ascend up the steep course to cut the ribbon on the upper platform. Director of Programs for the National Ability Center, Tracy Meier shared features of the ropes course with the crowd while event attendees tested out the new course's challenges first-hand.
"It is humbling to be a part of an organization who is among the best at providing recreation opportunities to people of all abilities," said National Ability Center Board President Michael Kerby. "Special thanks are owed to the Utah Office of Outdoor Recreation, Governor's Office of Economic Development (GOED) and Intermountain Healthcare for making our vision of continuously improving and better serving our individuals and families a reality."