A group of 25 Quinnipiac University occupational therapy and physical therapy students, faculty members and alumni volunteered this winter with Connecticut Children’s Medical Center’s Skiers Unlimited program, which teaches children with disabilities to ski.
The seven-week program concluded Feb. 28 at Mount Southington. Using snow sliders, outriggers and tethers to control balance as well as turns and speed, the university group helped more than 20 children learn to ski.
Tracy Van Oss, clinical associate professor of occupational therapy in the School of Health Sciences, has been associated with the adaptive ski program for nearly two decades. She started as a volunteer while a student at Quinnipiac.
“Friday afternoons in January and February are carved out for Skiers Unlimited,” she said. “It’s all about the sunshine and the kids’ smiling faces as they enjoy something that I love. I hope skiing can become a lifelong leisure habit for the children.”