AquAbility assists at the Higher Ground Water Sports Camp for injured veterans, August 6-13, 2011.
Karen worked with 7 veterans and their spouses on the waterfront for a wonderful week at Lake Petit. The veterans enjoyed a week in the beautiful Idaho wilderness in this week organized and run by Higher Ground. AquAbility is happy to be part of this therapeutic recreation program helping the wounded veterans and their wives participate in and accomplish skills in a myriad of water sports including swimming, kayaking, paddleboarding, tubing, wakeboarding, canoeing, and a team water sport challenge at the end of the week.
“Spending an entire week with the veterans was such a rewarding experience. I was grateful to be able to help these veterans with physical and psychological injuries not only overcome their fears, but to find success and a feeling of accomplishment. My heart was touched deeply over the course of the week; frowns turned to smiles as these veterans challenged themselves, made friends, opened up, and shared through laughter and tears. Water is healing, and allows a venue in which these veterans can face the difficulties they have returning to life after being injured serving our country. Swimming is a great stress reducer and affords gravity free exercise for challenged bodies. I’m happy I can help people with challenges find a way to be healthier and reduce stress in their lives through swimming.” ◆ Karen Morrison