Adaptive Action Sports (AAS), co-founded by Paralympian snowboarder Amy Purdy, and Toyota announced that they are expanding their partnership. This will allow AAS to host ten competitive para-snowboard events for wounded veterans by the end of 2015.
AAS allows children and young adults with disabilities and wounded veterans to compete in action sports. Its core principle is that action sports encourage individuality and creativity in participants, while building independence and self-confidence.
Purdy, who has bilateral transtibial amputations, has been a member of Team Toyota, comprising 19 athletes, since 2012. In March she won a bronze medal at the 2014 Paralympic Winter Games in Sochi, Russia, and recently took second place in the television show Dancing With the Stars.
To date, Toyota has provided AAS with a mobility Sienna minivan that the nonprofit organization uses to transfer athletes to and from its training facility in Colorado. The expanded partnership will allow the organization to continue this effort, while also growing its services to veterans.