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Eagle Mount Bozemon


In 1982, General Robert C. Mathis and his wife, Greta, retired from a 34 year career in the Air Force to bring a family dream to reality. They had long dreamed of creating a place where persons of all ages with disabilities could experience and share what an able-bodied person might take for granted. They came to Southwestern Montana and established the I Am Third Foundation (based on Matthew 22) to build Eagle Mount.

In the fall of 1983, in Bozeman, MT, the Eagle Mount winter program began to take form. The idea was to start with a modest program of 20 to 30 people, teaching them either Alpine or Nordic skiing. Very quickly, it became necessary to put people on the waiting list after reaching 104 skiers and almost 80 volunteer instructors. People with disabilities such as cerebral palsy, visual and hearing impairments, developmental disabilities, amputations and spinal cord injuries skied one day a week with their own personal volunteer instructor. Eagle Mount had only just begun.

Today, Eagle Mount creates unparalleled therapeutic recreation opportunities for people of all ages and disabilities. Through Eagle Mount, persons with special needs are challenged to achieve the previously unthinkable in skiing, ice skating, swimming, horseback riding, golfing, and more. Children with cancer are given the freedom of normalcy participating in one of three summer oncology camps. At Eagle Mount the grip of a disability is loosened, providing life-changing opportunities for all involved.

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