Paralympic Experience

As I said in my last post, I’m going to talk about the Paralympic Experience.

The Paralympic Experience is a one day event on April 17th for “citizens with disabilities to learn and participate in several water-based sports, adaptive tennis and other activities.”  Sponsored by the Paralympics Sport Club and the US Olympic‐Paralympic Committee, this free event teaches disabled Austinites to basics of water-sports such as paddling a kayak or canoe, kayak polo, and adaptive and wheelchair tennis.

In addition to learning and practicing the sports, a member of the Paralympic National Rowing Team will speak during lunch, and there will be a rowing competition in the afternoon.

The day ends with another great event, Wounded Warriors family paddle. Wounded Warriors Rowing is a program where coaches of the Texas Rowing Center give free lessons to wounded veterans and their families every other Friday afternoon.

The Texas Rowing Center offers a myriad of other Adaptive Programs for the disabled. In addition to Wounded Warrior, they also have after school programs for people with sensory and cognitive disabilities. Because they are free for participants, the program is sustained with city subsides and donations. You can donate to the program on the website (scroll to the bottom) or by mailing a check made out to Texas Rowing Foundation to 1541 Caesar Chavez, Austin, TX 78703

I am going to try and speak with some people involved with the Texas Rowing Center sometime before the event in mid-April, and I will report on it once I do.

One response to this post.

  1. The Paralympic Experience sounds like a really cool event. Are there any other events like this in Austin and is there any other way to get involved besides donating to the program?

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