The Jim Winthers Volunteer Award recognizes life-time contributions and significant achievements in furthering the mission of Disabled Sports USA. Nominees for this award must have contributed a minimum of 10 years of service to Disabled Sports USA or one of its chapters.
The Jim Winthers Volunteer Award is named in honor of Jim Winthers, a WWII veteran who was a member of the U.S. 10th Mountain Division- the Skiing 10th- an elite group specifically trained for alpine warfare. He eventually became a pioneer in teaching adaptive skiing, beginning with two friends who became amputees in the war; he taught them to ski on one leg using techniques he saw in Europe. Jim Winthers, with the support of other veterans, founded Disabled Sports USA in 1967.
A selection committee will review all nominees and present their decision to the DSUSA Board of Directors for ratification.
The award recipient and nominator will be notified prior to the award presentation at The Hartford Ski Spectacular.
A grant of $1,000 will be awarded to the chapter affiliated with the person who nominated the award winner.
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The recipient of the Jim Winthers Volunteer Award will receive:
Past Recipients of the Jim Winthers Volunteer Award
|2015||Tony Santilli||1994||Doug Sato|
|2014||Tom Trevithick||1993||Hal O’Leary|
|2013||Liz Craveiro||1992||Jan Morrissey|
|2012||Al Kaye||1991||Rod Hernley|
|2011||Mike “Milty” Miltner||1990||Fred Tassone|
|2010||Michael Zuckerman||1989||United Airlines Volunteers|
|2009||Bill Bowness||1988||Ed Lucks|
|2008||Dr. Bob Harney||1987||Mary and Earl Plummer|
|2007||Bart Dekker||1986||Dr. Duane Messner|
|2006||Bill Demby||1985||David Spencer|
|2005||John and Cathy Sarubbi||1984||Jack Benedict|
|2003||Susan Michalski||1983||Ben Allen|
|2002||Bob Guerrero||1982||Paul Liemkuehler|
|1999||Gwen Allard||1981||Jerry Groswald|
|1997||Mike Hulett||1980||Bill Stieler|