Korean War Vets Donate $17,000 All-terrain Wheelchair

WHAT:          Spaulding Adaptive Sports Centers (SASC) will host its tenth annual veterans’ weekend of adaptive sports and camaraderie at Camp Wingate Kirkland in Dennis June 8 – 11.   Sport & Spirit was established to facilitate return to life after serious injury for wounded soldiers returning from the Iraq and Afghanistan wars.  Today, the event also includes Viet-nam-era vets living with the impacts of their wounds who are now also confronting challenges related to aging.

Activities:  cycling, kayaking, archery, wheelchair sports, golf, fishing, yoga.

WHO:             The event is a collaboration among Spaulding Cape Cod, Spaulding Adaptive Sports Centers, Warfighter Sports, Disabled Sports USA, and dozens of regional and local organizations that donate time and services.  Forty local and New England veterans, plus up to 40 companions, and 40 volunteers converge in Dennis to make the event possible.

Special guests:  Korean War Veterans of Delaware, who will be recognized for their donation of a $17,000 all-terrain Trac Chair that enables veterans with limited mobility to access hiking trails, fish and enjoy other sporting activities.

Mentors include Joshua Elliott, 27, from Washington State, a US Paralympic competitor in mono-skiing, who sustained triple amputations in Iraq in 2005.

WHEN:          Interview and visual opportunities

Saturday, June 9 and Sunday, June 10:  8-12, 1:30 – 5

See below for detailed list of activities, times and locations

WHERE:       Camp Wingate Kirkland, Dennis

McGraw Center for Adaptive Sports, Nickerson State Park, Brewster

SCHEDULE DETAIL

Saturday June 9

Camp Wingate Kirkland, Dennis

8 – 8:45           Yoga

9 – 11              Golf

10 – 12            Kayaking, archery, fishing, art therapy

12 – 1              Lunch

1 – 2                Wheelchair basketball

2 – 4                Kayaking, fishing, art therapy

3 – 5                Archery

4:30 – 5:15      Yoga

McGraw Center for Adaptive Sports, Nickerson State Park, Brewster

9 – 12              Cycling            Cape Cod Rail Trail, McGraw Center parking lot

1:30 – 4           Cycling            Cape Cod Rail Trail, McGraw Center parking lot

Sunday, June 10

Camp Wingate Kirkland, Dennis

8 – 8:45           Yoga

10 – 12            Kayaking, archery, fishing, art therapy

12 – 1              Lunch

1 – 2                Wheelchair tennis

2 – 4                Kayaking, fishing, art therapy

3 – 5                Archery

4:30 – 5:15      Yoga

McGraw Center for Adaptive Sports, Nickerson State Park, Brewster

9 – 12              Cycling            Cape Cod Rail Trail, McGraw Center parking lot

1:30 – 4           Cycling            Cape Cod Rail Trail, McGraw Center parking lot