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U.S. Paralympics

U.S. Paralympics

U.S. Freestyle Ski Team's David Babic Supports Vermont Adaptive

Oct. 28, 2009, 2:25 p.m. (ET)

While a majority of the time seven-year U.S. Freestyle Ski Team moguls athlete David Babic can be found throwing his off axis spinning maneuvers, Babic also spends his days trying to inspire greatness as he volunteers for Vermont Adaptive Ski and Sports. Read more to find out how Babic uses his sport for a good cause.

Vermont Adaptive Ski and Sports is a year round organization with over 400 volunteers. It offers daily sport programs and has been a leader in adaptive sports and recreation in New England for more than 20 years.  Vermont Adaptive Ski and Sports is also a Paralympic Sport Club.

According to Babic, his interest in working with the organization is about enabling everyone to grow within themselves and live their life while playing outdoors.

"I believe that it is important for all of us to feel the freedom and power of nature and sport. These activities are inspiring and can help to boost moral and belief in yourself," Babic said. "If you can do this, what else might you be able to achieve. The possibilities are endless."

Babic is one of a handful of athletes who has a signature blend of coffee through teammate Shannon Bahrke's company Silver Bean Coffee which benefits him and Vermont Adaptive Ski and Sports. For every bag of coffee sold one dollar goes back to the athlete and also the charity they have chosen.

According to Babic, it was Bahrke's urging that athletes give back that got him engaged with Vermont Adaptive Ski and Sports.

"This was really spearheaded by Shannon and her organization Silver Bean Coffee, and their desire to give some of their earnings back to a non-profit," Babic explained. "That really started making me think again about all the different organizations I'd like to be a part of and would want to see succeed."

For Babic, he just wants to be able to bring people the same type of joy he finds being in the outdoors.

"I think that one of the things skiing has been so great about is it has allowed me to go out and explore the outdoors and the wilderness and that sense of freedom- it's really amazing," Babic said. "What these adaptive ski and snowboarding programs have done to allow people who in the past haven't had that opportunity, to experience that freedom and the ability to explore and create your own turns."

To help Babic and the Vermont Adaptive Ski and Sports go to silverbeancoffee.com and buy his signature blend.

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