Spotlight on Nonprofits
Footprints Adventures offers “fun empowering adventures for teens and adults with limb differences and limb loss”
AN INTERVIEW WITH FOUNDERS BRIAN AND BRITTANY ANDERSON
What is Footprints Adventures, and what does the organization do?
Brian: Footprints Adventures is an adventure travel camp specifically designed for teens and adults with limb differences and limb loss (amputations). The organization leads programs in the outdoors where participants have the opportunity to go whitewater rafting and rock climbing, be challenged on a high ropes course, and participate in many other activities while camping out the entire week.
Why did you start the organization?
Brittany: Footprints Adventures was founded after my husband Brian was in a serious accident resulting in a limb difference of his own in 2004. During the year-and-a-half recovery process, Brian and I talked about what we wanted to do with our lives, careers and Outdoor Recreation degrees. As a result of these conversations, our dream of starting Footprints Adventures began to take shape. Brian grew, adapted and
learned tremendously while bringing adventure back into his life during his recovery process. Despite the day-today challenges Brian faced, he was able to see past his disability and find the right adaptations to get back into the adventure activities that he loved before his accident. As a result of our desire to offer others the chance to experience the same feelings and growth that we have experienced, the dream of Footprints Adventures became a reality.
What is your mission?
Brittany: The mission of Footprints Adventures is to promote self-advocacy, personalreflection and self-confidence among teens and adults with limb differences and limb loss; and to challenge them to set new physical goals through fun and adventurous activities.
How has the organization grown over the years?
Brian: In the first year that Footprints Adventures was incorporated, we spent our time raising money and awareness for the program. Now we lead multiday trips around Colorado where we camp the entire time and participate in a multitude of outdoor activities. This summer, Footprints will run two outdoor
programs, sponsor people to attend an adaptive sports conference, and run sessions at other conferences to raise awareness of Footprints Adventures.
How many people do you believe the organization has been able to help so far?
Brian: Footprints Adventures has continuously increased its impact on participants while getting its name out there. The organization sent four people to an adaptive sports conference in 2011, took five people on a seven-day camping trip that same month, and added more participants to its program in 2012. By working to fill two travel programs this summer, to send five people to the adaptive sports conference again this year, and to run sessions at an adaptive sports competition, Footprints is continuing to reach out to help people.
What’s the best thing someone has told you after he or she participated in a Footprints Adventures event?
Brittany: After a Footprints program, a participant said, “My experience with Footprints Adventures was life-changing.” Another participant wrote the following in the group journal >> MARCH 2013 Amp it up! magazine
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