Sailing provides me a freedom that is hard to find when you are disabled. By sailing, I can compete with able-bodied people.
Charleston, SC (PRWEB) April 24, 2014
Hope For The Warriors® will facilitate a three-day sailing clinic May 7-9, open to nine post-9/11, combat-wounded service members and veterans. The primary goal of the three-day clinic is to introduce the veterans to the exciting sport of sailing through both conventional sailboats and adaptive sailing equipment. The clinic will be sponsored by Hope For The Warriors®, a national nonprofit dedicated to restoring a sense of self, restoring the family unit, and restoring hope for our service members and our military families.
The all-expense paid clinic will be led by three enthusiastic and accomplished sailors—Don Gray, Ronnie Simpson, and Walt Kotecki—all of whom are veterans. Through their skills and experience, they promise that they can teach anyone to sail a boat, no matter the level of injury. This will be the fourth sailing clinic hosted by Hope For The Warriors® but the first along the southeast coast. The program offers service members the opportunity to successfully learn new skills or enhance their recreational lifestyle on the road to recovery.
"Sailing provides me a freedom that is hard to find when you are disabled. By sailing, I can compete with able-bodied people,” said Cpl Jose Armenta, USMC (Ret.), past sailing clinic participant.
Hope For The Warriors® is seeking support and donations to pay for necessary supplies, fees, and travel expenses. For more information on the clinics, how to contribute, or how to apply for future clinics, please contact npapadopoulos(at)hopeforthewarriors(dot)org. To learn more about the sailing clinic’s leaders, read Ronnie Simpson’s story on the Hope For The Warriors® website (http://www.hopeforthewarriors.org) or blog (http://hopeforthewarriors.blogspot.com/2012/06/alive-day.html).
Sailing is just one of the therapeutic sports supported by Hope For The Warriors® through their Sports & Recreation Programs. Hope For The Warriors® recognizes that pursuing athletic goals is a key component of the physical and psychological recovery for service members and military families. Program work includes the reintroduction of a loved sport or hobby, or the opportunity to gain new skills with the use of adaptive equipment. Through sports and recreation, Hope For The Warriors® builds a community that embraces the warrior athlete, supporting their rehabilitation and mental health.
The mission of Hope For The Warriors® (http://www.hopeforthewarriors.org) is to enhance the quality of life for post-9/11 service members, their families, and families of the fallen who have sustained physical and psychological wounds in the line of duty. Hope For The Warriors® is dedicated to restoring a sense of self, restoring the family unit, and restoring hope for our service members and our military families.
Hope For The Warriors® has earned a Four-Star rating from Charity Navigator (http://www.charitynavigator.org) for three consecutive years. Charity Navigator is an independent organization that evaluates fiscal responsibility and accountability of nonprofits.
Hope For The Warriors® (Federal Tax ID 20-5182295) is a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt charity as defined in sections 509(A)(1) and 170(B)(1)(A)(VI) of the Internal Revenue Code. Combined Federal Campaign, CFC #27800.