<img class="" style="float: right;" src="https:\/\/opedge.com\/Content\/OldArticles\/images\/2006-02_06\/sp1.jpg" width="270" height="173" hspace="4" vspace="4" \/>\r\n\r\nThe 18th Annual Hartford Ski Spectacular was again held last December at the Beaver Run Resort and the Breckenridge Ski Area, Breckenridge, Colorado. The event is conducted each year by Disabled Sports USA (DS\/USA), Rockville, Maryland, and sponsored by The Hartford Financial Services Group Inc., the founding sponsor of the US Paralympics.\r\n\r\nMore than 600 disabled participants, including more than 50 American soldiers and marines injured in conflict abroad, spent December 4-11 in Breckenridge taking part in ski and snowboard lessons and clinics.\r\n\r\n"Since 1967, Disabled Sports USA's mission has been to promote\r\nsports as an important aspect of rehabilitation. The Hartford Ski\r\nSpectacular allows participants the opportunity to test their\r\nlimitations and then surpass them," said Kirk Bauer, executive\r\ndirector of DS\/USA and a disabled Vietnam veteran. The soldiers\r\nattended as part of the Wounded Warrior Disabled Sports Project\r\nconducted by The Wounded Warrior Project and DS\/USA and members of\r\nthe US Paralympic Team were available throughout the week\r\npro\u00adviding support and advice to all participants.\r\n\r\nThe Wounded Warrior Disabled Sports Project, working with Walter\r\nReed Army Medical Center (WRAMC), Washington DC, and Brooke Army\r\nMedical Center, San Antonio, Texas, pro\u00advides sports\r\nre\u00adhab\u00adilitation pro\u00adgrams for service members\r\nin\u00adjured in the line of duty, and--through donations--provides\r\nthem with participation in sports events free of charge.\r\n<h4>CAF Recognized During Rose Bowl<\/h4>\r\nSeveral athletes from the Challenged Athletes Foundation, Del\r\nMar, California, were recognized in a televised half-time\r\npresentation during the January 4, 2006, Rose Bowl college football\r\nchampionship game in Pasadena, California.\r\n\r\nThe Rose Bowl Game featured unde\u00adfeated teams USC and Texas\r\nbattling for the National Championship, with the Texas Longhorns\r\ndefeating the USC Trojans 41-38 in an exciting fourth-quarter\r\nfinish.\r\n\r\nCAF was featured in the Chairman's Mess\u00adage shown at\r\nhalf-time and 50 CAF representatives also attended the game. Citi\r\nBank, the title sponsor of the Rose Bowl, selected CAF as the\r\nofficial charity of the game.\r\n\r\n<img style="float: right;" src="https:\/\/opedge.com\/Content\/OldArticles\/images\/2006-02_06\/sp2.jpg" hspace="4" vspace="4" \/>\r\n\r\nAs part of the presentation, Rudy Garcia-Tolson, Sara Reinertsen and Captain David Rozelle spoke about CAF with a group of several other challenged athletes arranged around them holding a Challenged Athletes Foundation banner in the background.\r\n<h3>SPORTS BRIEFS<\/h3>\r\n<h4>Extremity Games<\/h4>\r\n<b>College Park<\/b>, Fraser, Mich\u00adigan, is\r\naccepting registrations for its O&P Extremity Games scheduled\r\nfor July 28-30, 2006, in Orlando, Florida. The O&P Extremity\r\nGames by College Park is an extreme amateur sporting competition\r\nfor individuals 13 years of age and older living with limb loss or\r\nlimb difference. Competitions include skateboarding, BMX biking,\r\nrock climbing, and wakeboarding. A $25,000 total cash purse is\r\navailable.\r\n\r\nFor more information visit <a href="https:\/\/opedge.com\/770">www.extremitygames.com<\/a>\r\n<h4>OPAF Golf Grant<\/h4>\r\n<b>The Orthotic & Prosthetic Assistance Fund<\/b>\r\n(OPAF) an\u00adnounced it is the recipient of a Wadsworth Charities\r\nGolf Foundation grant for 2006. The most recent First Swing clinic\r\nsponsored by OPAF was held in cooperation with Walter Reed Army\r\nHospital in Washington DC, for returning soldiers from Iraq and\r\nAfghanistan.\u00a0 Wadsworth Charities Golf Foundation is dedicated to\r\nimproving society through embodiment of the moral, ethical, and\r\ncultural codes of the game of golf. First Swing is an adaptive golf\r\nprogram, developed by Bob Wilson, National Amputee Golf Association\r\nexecutive director and bilateral amputee, for instructing\r\ntherapists to teach and encourage the game of golf to those with\r\nphysical challenges.\r\n<h4>Russia Standing Ice Hockey<\/h4>\r\n<img style="float: right;" src="https:\/\/opedge.com\/Content\/OldArticles\/images\/2006-02_06\/sp3.jpg" hspace="4" vspace="4" \/>\r\n\r\nThe Russian National Team beat Team Europe to capture the International Standing Ice Hockey Federation Super Cup in late November at a match held at the Yubileiny Ice Place in St. Petersburg, Russia. Team Europe comprises players from Latvia, Czech Republic, and Israel. The match was a part of the Tenth Russian National "People and Health" Congress. The joint Standing\/Sledge Ice Hockey project was organized by the International Paralympic Committee Ice Hockey Committee, the Russian and Estonian Paralympic Committees, the "People and Health Congress," and the International Standing Ice Hockey Federation (ISIHF).