Challenged Athletes Foundation hosts sports camp on the ice in Hailey

Posted at 2:25 PM, Mar 07, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-07 20:17:59-05

HAILEY, Idaho — Kids came from all over Idaho to participate in a special sledge hockey and curling clinic at the Campion Ice House in Hailey this week.

The young athletes got to learn from a pair of Paralympic gold medalists, as many of these kids tried the new sport for the first time.

“The Paralympic movement is still a young movement compared to the Olympic movement, so that's why these camps are so important and so powerful," said seven-time Paralympic medalist Muffy Davis. "These youths are learning what’s possible."

It also helps to learn from Taylor Lipsett, a team captain on the U.S. National Hockey team. Lipsett has been a part of two gold medal teams and a bronze medal team.

The children had a blast getting out of their wheelchairs and getting out on the ice, quickly learning how to play the sport.

For Muffy Davis, who is now is a state representative from Hailey, working with kids is her way of giving back.

“It’s my favorite part of it all, it is wonderful getting up and getting on that podium," said Davis. "But to be able to share that experience, inspire, and to be able to motivate the next generation, I think that is what it is all about.”

On Saturday night, the young athletes played a scrimmage during intermission of the Sun Valley Suns hockey game.

For more information on the Challenged Athletes Foundation, click here.