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Saturday, June 29, 2013
Wheelchairs, water skis and kayaks lined the beach as more than 100 participants came out to take part in a fun-filled water event catered to the disabled.
The seventh annual Adaptive Water Skiing Clinic gave those with disabilities the chance to experience something that many would believe to be impossible. The event was held in Pointes West at the Fort Gordon Outdoor Resort and was sponsored by Georgia Regents Health System and Champions Made from Adversity. Free for children and adults with physical and/or cognitive disabilities, the day was filled with fun for the participants.
The RECing Crew, a North Augusta nonprofit organization that is set to support activities for those with disabilities, took part in the clinic.
“It was the most organized event we’ve ever attended,” said Pamela Stickler, executive director for the RECing Crew. “Everyone had the opportunity to participate.”
She was very pleased with the event, and after four years of taking part in the clinic she still recognizes what an amazing chance this is for the members of her organization.
“For individuals with disabilities like this, it is very easy to please them,” Stickler said. “They get excited to just have an opportunity to do something like this.”
There were community members from all over the CSRA, and Stickler believes there were more firsttime participators than years past. The program has lifeguards surrounding the event for safety concerns, and Stickler can relate to being heavily invested in those involved. Her son, Stephen Stickler, takes part in the clinic, and she admits having her doubts at first.
“In the beginning I was very apprehensive, but the volunteers do a great job,” Stickler said. “The event is exceptionally safe.”
The RECing Crew is continually looking for events to take part in for their members. On June 29 they will hold Family and Friends Summer Bowling at Northside Lanes. The charge is $7 per person, and this covers two games of bowling and the shoe rental. Reservations must be made in advance. The reservations are closed for the June event, but there will be another July 20. The RSVP date for this session will be July 16. Those interested can respond through email at firstname.lastname@example.org or reach the main office at 803-426-1284.
Heather Wright is a reporter at the North Augusta Star. She is a North Augusta resident and majored in communications at USC Aiken.