Today, my mom, dad and I went to the David Taylor Model Basin in Carderock, Maryland to meet the lovely staff, volunteers and participants of Team River Runner (TRR), a non-profit organization that provides active duty servicemembers, veterans and people with physical disabilities the "opportunity to find health, healing, and new challenges through whitewater boating and other paddling sports."
The staff at Team River Runner (TRR) welcomed my mom with open arms and quickly made her feel at ease. They assisted her with a safe transfer, and glided her into the water in an adapted kayak with outriggers, designed to provide added stability. The TRR team taught her proper paddling techniques and balancing tips, and by the end of her session, she had kayaked 1.3 miles! It was an awesome day and she's motivated to build up her strength and skills over the next few weeks so that she can head outdoors with TRR in late April!
ParticipateThe metro DC and Baltimore area have some amazing non-profit organizations committed to serving people with disabilities. If you would like to participate in a program offered by TRR, BARS or DSC, please contact them directly or contact my family if you have any questions. We are huge supporters of each of of these organizations, and we would love to see you at their next events!
Find your local Team River Runner (TRR) chapter if you'd like to kayak with this great group! They are accepting new paddlers!