Four-Wheelers Do Good. Again.
You know, for such a persecuted group, we off-roaders sure are a bunch of good people. Think about it: Every time you turn around, there's someone in a 4x4 helping another. This time, it was the Sacramento-based Sierra Treasure Hunters Four-Wheel Drive Club and the Grass Valley 4-Wheelers.
Thanks to a grant from the California Off-Highway Motor Vehicle Recreation Commission, a new statewide partnership has been formed between the California Association of Four-Wheel Drive Clubs Safety and Education Foundation and Disabled Sports USA. As part of the partnership, local four-wheel-drive clubs volunteer their vehicles, driving abilities, and time to expand the summer program for Disabled Sports USA members, including those affected with cerebral palsy, paraplegia and quadriplegia, spinal bifida, muscular dystrophy, and developmental disabilities. According to Doug Pringle, president of the Far West Chapter of Disabled Sports USA, his organization offers a variety of sports programs, including skiing, river rafting, and camping, and now four-wheeling.
On the inaugural venture, the volunteering four-wheelers and their guests set out from Cisco Grove, California, to the top of Signal Peak, almost 8,000 feet above sea level. From there, the group had spectacular views for miles in every direction. The convoy moved down the mountain after that to Fordyce Lake, where volunteers had lunch ready. Jason Berger of Truckee, California, along with his wife, Andrea, spearheaded the volunteer effort, with Jason serving as trail boss and Andrea assisting with registration and putting the meal together. Jay Byrn of Sacramento, who has had deterioration of the spine since birth, was quoted as saying, "This is really very special and it is nice to get out of the city and get to these areas where you can't get in a two-wheel-drive vehicle. Our volunteer drivers are giving us good insight into their passion for four-wheeling, and we are so appreciative for all of their help."
Dennis Porter of Redding, California, a representative of the California Association of Four Wheel Drive Clubs, said there are other four-wheel-drive trips planned this summer. By this time next year, he hopes to see the program go statewide. For more information on future Disabled Sports USA four-wheel-drive trips, call (530) 581-4161 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. Four-wheel-drive enthusiasts and clubs interested in volunteering can contact Dennis Porter at (530) 221-1949 or e-mail email@example.com. Thanks to Jack Raudy of the Blue Ribbon Coalition for contributing this information.
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