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How Rowing Can Help Wounded Veterans

by Ed Moran, ed@usrowing.org | Mar 09, 2015
Starting in the fall of 2014, USRowing began opening boathouse doors throughout the country to disabled veterans and members of the armed services to experience the full range of opportunities and benefits to be gained from recreational rowing at their VA sports facility, or local club, to competing in the Paralympics.

Starting in the fall of 2014, USRowing began opening boathouse doors throughout the country to disabled veterans and members of the armed services to experience the full range of opportunities and benefits to be gained from recreational rowing at their VA sports facility, or local club, to competing in the Paralympics.

The initiative, called Freedom Rows, is being funded by The Grants for Adaptive Sports Programs for Disabled Veterans and Members of the Armed Forces (ASG Program) and provides funding to organizations to increase and expand the quantity and quality of adaptive sport activities disabled veterans and members of the armed forces have to participate in physical activity within their home communities, as well as more advanced Paralympic and adaptive sport programs at the regional and national levels.

Through the grant, USRowing is partnering with VA rehabilitation hospitals and USRowing member organizations in six cities across the United States including Denver, Raleigh/Durham (N.C.), Oklahoma City, Palo Alto/Los Gatos (Calif.), San Diego, and Detroit.

Last week, USRowing sponsored a weeklong para-rowing camp at Sarasota-Bradenton’s Nathan Benderson Park in Sarasota, Florida. Three veterans who were wounded while on active duty attended. Listen to what one of them had to say about the role rowing can play in the rehabilitation of a veteran wounded at war.

For more information about the Freedom Rows program go here.

For a calendar of Freedom Rows events go here
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