Wounded Warriors Gather in Georgetown's Waterfront to Promote Health and Healing - 40 Colorful Kayaks to Symbolize the Return to Freedom

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Team River Runner, wounded warriors and local business leaders gather together to promote health and healing through paddlesports.

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The 2012 Team River Runner Biathlon Sponsor Boat Launch Luncheon on Thursday, September 20, 2012 will feature 40 colorful kayaks in a unique display in the fountain at the heart of the Georgetown waterfront. As a special thank you, Team River Runner will be placing the corporations’ logos onto kayaks which are used regularly by wounded warriors throughout the Potomac Region. Capping the event, a team of courageous wounded veterans will take part in a symbolic recovery paddle along the Georgetown waterfront.

Event Details

Who:
Amputee Brandon Huff, TRR Coordinator. Brandon recently returned to the region with the dream of inspiring fellow wounded warriors to take to the water and become whole through camaraderie, physical challenge and TRR’s unique brand of “Health and Healing Through Paddlesports”.

When:
Thursday, September 20, 2012
Luncheon presentations begin - 11:30am
Recovery paddle - 1:00pm
Kayak photo opp., TRR representatives and vets available throughout the event

Where:
Tony and Joe’s Seafood Place
3000 K St. NW
Georgetown's Washington Harbor Waterfront

A special thank you to Clark Construction Group for making the event possible, as well as encouraging all other boat sponsors to donate.

AboutTeam River Runner
Team River Runner (TRR), was established in 2004 as a non-profit 501 (c) (3) organization to help active duty military personnel wounded in Iraq and Afghanistan who were recovering at Walter Reed Army Medical Center and Bethesda Naval Hospital.

Wounded service members endure many months of surgeries, physical and psychological therapy, prosthetic fittings, and other life-altering changes. Against this backdrop, a number of these injured men and women welcome a chance to pick up a new challenge, and get out of the daily routine of their hospital treatment several days each week. TRR offers not only unique whitewater kayaking experiences but also the support of a tight-knit paddling community for wounded veterans and their families.

Veterans served by TRR learn leadership skills that prepare them to become chapter and national trip leaders. Future goals will be for the TRR participants to teach adaptive kayaking to children who are fighting their own battles—with diseases such as cancer and multiple sclerosis.

TRR is a chapter of Disabled Sports USA.

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