Eagle Mount of Bozeman
The concept for Eagle Mount was founded in the early 1980’s. The original idea was to start a modest program with 20 to 30 people with disabilities and teach them to ski. It grew quickly and soon a waiting list was needed, and there were just as many volunteers who were eager to become a part of this amazing program. People with disabilities such as cerebral palsy, visual and hearing impairments, developmental disabilities, amputations, and spinal cord injuries could ski, one day a week, with their own personal volunteer instructor. With this program in high demand, Eagle Mount soon added additional programs such as horse back riding, swimming, and The Big Sky Kids camps for children diagnosed with cancer.
Eagle Mount of Bozeman’s Mission Statement is to commit to providing quality therapeutic recreational opportunities for people with disabilities and young people with cancer, and to provide support for families of participants so that “they shall mount up with wings as eagles.”
Eagle Mount has been changing the lives of people with disabilities and children with cancer since 1982. With the support and generous contributions from the Gallatin Valley community, Eagle Mount opens up a world of adventure and opportunities including skiing, horseback riding, swimming, camping, rock climbing, kayaking, cycling, fishing, etc. Even more importantly, these programs bring freedom, joy, strength, focus, and confidence to these people’s lives, while being supportive of their disabilities.
In 2010, Eagle Mount was recognized by NBC’s TODAY show as one of the five small charities in America that make a big difference. General and Mrs. Robert C. Mathis, have turned their lifelong dream, into a wonderful, thriving organization that brings joy to all who choose to be a part of the program. The Mathises understood the value of recreating and enabling those with disabilities to “mount up with wings as eagles”. Upon the founders wishes, Eagle Mount never turns down anyone due to the inability to pay for services, and they also do not accept government funding.
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