Waterville Valley, NH, Dec. 27, 1999: The 2000 WMUR Celebrity Winter Rodeowill take place at New Hampshire’s Waterville Valley Resort January 21-23.The event, which brings together local celebrities from Manchester’s WMURTV, ABC 9, corporate teams and disabled athletes, raises money forWaterville Valley’s Adaptive Ski Program. The program teaches over 300people with disabilities to ski each year.

The Adaptive Skiing Program’s goal is to show students ways to reach newheights of confidence and self esteem through participation in sports. Thefoundation and spirit of the program comes from the dedicated volunteerswho give their time and enthusiasm to their students.

Corporate teams of 4 register for the event, and are matched with adisabled athlete and a WMUR celebrity, with racing taking place throughoutthe day. Adding to the fun this year is a “rodeo” theme. Instead ofracing through tradition ski gates, cowboys and cowgirls will have to maketheir way around barrels. A “rodeo special” will also be on the menu inthe Base Lodge cafeteria and T-Bar’s.

“Most of us take for granted our ability to ski and snowboard. The AdaptiveSki Program is a very special part of our resort. If we make one person’sday better through this program, it’s worth the effort. Besides, that’swhat skiing is all about- having fun,” says Kathy Chandler, Director of theAdaptive Skiing Program.

The highlight of the event is the celebrity auction, which happens Saturdayevening. New sponsors of the program this year include Southwest Airlinesand The Pemi Bank. Returning sponsors also include Volvo and AbilitiesPlus. Last year the event raised over $20,000 for the program and thisyear’s goal is $35,000.

Following the Winter Rodeo will be the 2000 Eastern Regional DisabledChampionships, March 14-16, where members of the US Disabled Team will beparticipating. The Super G will be held Tuesday, followed by the GiantSlalom on Wednesday and the Slalom on Thursday. All races take place onSel’s Choice and the World Cup Slalom Hill, sites of previous World CupEvents.

For more information, or to become involved with the event, call theWaterville Valley Adaptive Ski Program at (603) 236-8311, ext. 3175.Waterville Valley Resort is located just 2 hours north of Boston, 11 milesfrom exit 28 off Interstate 93. Waterville Valley is a member of BoothCreek Ski Holdings, Inc., a collection of eight resorts across the UnitedStates.