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I thank the Lord in heaven,
for my life He did enhance
For with friends, His grace and blessing,
I got my “Sporting Chance.” – Steve Piper
Like many fathers, J.R. Kasper has a love and appreciation for the outdoors that he wanted to share and pass down to his son, but a disability made that difficult.
“I began searching for an adaptive means to spend some time in the great outdoors with my son, Seth, and found Sporting Chance,” said Kasper.
The organization, which is dedicated to providing outdoor opportunities for physically and mentally challenged adults and children, was hosting its Escape to the Lake adaptive waterskiing event on Lake Nelson, and Kasper and his son attended. The experience would not only get Seth hooked on the outdoors, but it would also get Kasper hooked on the program.
“Seeing the smile not only on my son’s face but all the other participants and volunteers alike made me want to be a part of providing those smiles to others,” said Kasper after the experience.
Today, he serves as secretary for Sporting Chance and has been working with other board members to volunteer for and raise money for the organization to share similar experiences with other individuals. The organization offers fishing trips, bird and deer hunting excursions, and snow and water skiing by making available adaptive equipment, including wheelchairs with tracks, shooting seats mounted on UTVs, jim-skis (a water ski that provides some assistance to the rider to sit back), and sit-skis, among other equipment.
In September, Bilfinger Westcon in Bismarck won $1,000 to donate to the charity of its choice by collecting the most items in a food drive competition hosted by the NDPC. Savanah Cantleberry and Sue Gustafson at Bilfinger Westcon had heard about Sporting Chance and its mission and decided that donation should go toward the organization’s worthy cause.
“So many wonderful memories are created through outdoor adventures, but oftentimes these take place in inaccessible or rough terrain,” said Cantleberry. “The passion that Sporting Chance and its volunteers have for these individuals and their creativity in giving them access to these great experiences is inspiring, and it is heart-warming to be a part of it.”
Sporting Chance has wrapped up many of its activities for the year, but plans continue to move forward for next year’s activities. In addition to funds to help maintain or purchase equipment, volunteers are always needed to help get more deserving individuals out in the field, on the lake or on the ice. For more information about the organization or to learn how to get involved, visit www.sporting-chance.com.