Posts Tagged ‘disability’

Jan 24

AquAbility and Higher Ground Collaborate for Women Veterans

AquAbility provided a swim clinic for 7 women Veterans who were in Sun Valley for a camp with the Higher Ground Veteran Program.  

AquAbility provided a swim clinic at Zenergy Health Club which went over swimmingly!  Local Zen Master swimmers volunteered in the pool to help make this event wonderful for all involved!

Thanks to Zenergy for sponsoring AquAbility and to the volunteers for this Women Veteran Clinic:    Amy Anderson, Deb Erickson, Pam Ebertz, Eiron Schofield, Tami Kammer, Jeannie Kiel, Heidi Watanabe.

Jan 24

Boise State University AquAbility Veteran Program Making Waves

AquAbility offers swim clinics for Veterans and adults with disabilities every 3-4 weekends at Boise State University.  The Veteran program is growing!  

Here is a collection of videos showing the swimming progress of some of our Boise participants who have become ardent AquAbility participants.

Oct 14

AquAbility assists with Higher Ground Water Sports Camp

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

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Oct 13

AquAbility Swim Clinic for Higher Ground Women Veterans

AquAbility Swim Clinic held at Zenergy Health Club on Tuesday, July 26, 2011.

AquAbility director Karen Morrison taught a clinic in collaboration with Higher Ground and assisted by volunteers, Michael, Deb, Heidi, Cal, Alex, Don and Cameron.  The 6 women veterans began the clinic with trepidation, and by the end of the hour they had all surpassed their individual expectations.  Karen brought them through successive drills and exercises for freestyle and backstroke and by the end of the clinic, the swimmers looked great and the pool was filled with smiles and cheering.

These veterans can take these skills and a newfound comfort level in the water home with them. They all indicated a desire to go home and find a group to swim with.  AquAbility has given them a way to find health, fitness, stress relief, and social camaraderie through swimming despite their personal physical challenges.

Check out more pictures from the clinic.

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Aug 16

WILD WEST BENEFIT PARTY-AUGUST 19

The first fundraising event for AquAbility was a huge success! 

130 people came out to support AquAbility at the Wild West Party held at the home of board member Don Oliphant and his wife Judy.  It was a beautiful, warm evening. Everyone was decked out in their wild west duds. Down at the tepee, the children had supervised games, nature walks, archery, dinner and s’mores by the campfire.  The adults enjoyed a delicious meal catered by Raspberries, and had fun bidding on silent auction items.  Derek Agnew, general manager at Zenergy Health Club, was the animated auctioneer for the live auction items.

AquAbility director Karen Morrison wishes to thank all the volunteers and guests who have helped make this fundraiser a success.  The funds raised will help us provide therapeutic swimming for the physically challenged and for wounded veterans in our programs throughout the year.