Vermont Adaptive named finalist for education and learning award


Continuing a legacy of humanitarian work, Defender has introduced the finalists of the 2023 Defender Support Awards. Vermont Adaptive Ski and Sports has been chosen as a finalist in the Outdoor Accessibility and Education Award, presented by Outdoors Interactive Inc. 

 In the 3rd once-a-year “Defender Service Awards,” which embraces the Defender interior spirit of heroism and acknowledges those who embody this, the 25 U.S. non-profits and Canadian registered charities are acknowledged for earning a good impact in their neighborhood communities and embodying the ethos of Defender as a beacon of liberty. 

 “We are honored to be a finalist with the 5 other nonprofits in our classification for this prestigious award,” reported Erin Fernandez, govt director at Vermont Adaptive. “Our aim is to assure we can get as a lot of people today as we can into the outdoors to participate in and recreate. Some of these destinations are remote right here in Vermont. Including a Land Rover Defender to our fleet of cars will allow for us to tow our adaptive devices into underserved, rural communities, providing the option for Everybody to check out and appreciate the outdoor.”

The 6 winning organizations will each and every acquire a entirely custom-made Defender 130 and awarded $25,000 by their group sponsor, empowering them to even further their respective missions.  That includes 3 rows of seating for up to 8 persons, alongside with 88.9 cubic ft (2,516 liters) of load capability, the Defender 130 will empower these organizations on their mission of service. The winners will collaborate with the Defender staff to thoroughly outfit their motor vehicle with robust equipment, expected to meet up with the worries of the organization’s mission, alongside with a personalized exterior auto wrap.  

Community voting will consider position by means of Wednesday, Oct. 4, to identify the supreme winners of the 6 types of the 2023 Defender Service Awards. To perspective the finalist video clips and vote, please stop by Defender Company Awards at

 Corporate partners have joined this initiative to provide additional assistance for the respective organizations across the distinctive classes. Chase, as presenting sponsor, will donate $5,000 to just about every of the 5 finalists per category, for a complete of $150,000. Leading Sponsor, Warner Bros. Discovery will lead $75,000, awarding $2,500 to each individual of the category finalists. Group sponsors will donate $25,000 to the top winners. The 5 finalists incorporate: 

Vermont Adaptive (Killington, VT)

Camp Rainbow Gold (Boise, ID)  

Idaho Trails Association (Boise, ID) 

The Bethlehem Middle (Chattanooga, TN)

Youth Athletics Alliance (Park Metropolis, UT)   

 The successful business from each classification will be announced at this year’s Defender Support Awards at Vacation spot Defender. Encouraging members to embrace the extremely hard, the weekend celebration will choose position from Nov. 10-12 at Iron Horse Ranch in Somerville, Texas. 

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