In September of this year, the Numotion Foundation was proud to provide a contribution to the National Ability Center (NAC) in support of their mission. Katie Cook, Grants and Development Manager for NAC recently shared the following story as an example of how funds received impact program participants in the communities they serve.
“National Ability Center participant Ping Ping is an exemplary individual that embodies the organization’s mission; to empower individuals of all abilities by building self-esteem, confidence and lifetime skills through sport, recreation, and educational programs. Born with spina bifida, the idea of extreme sports such as outdoor rock climbing and water skiing did not initially seem easily achievable. However, Ping Ping found that after the first time she recreated with the National Ability Center, she had found a new passion and knew she would be a returning lifetime adaptive athlete.
Days before her 14th birthday, Ping Ping was adopted by a Utah-based family from China after being in the foster care system since she was 3 weeks old where she was abandoned in an alley. She was welcomed to her new home in Utah and shortly thereafter asked her mother when she could ride a horse. She started her journey with the National Ability Center and has been an active member ever since. She participates in rock climbing, biking, skiing, camps, watersports and more. Ping Ping continues to chase all of her goals, such as mountain biking 10 miles in under 90 minutes, competing on NAC’s High Performance Team, and continuing to excel as an athlete while pursuing her passion for the outdoors with National Ability Center.”
To learn more about National Ability Center, please visit: https://new.discovernac.org/