Disabled Sports USA partners with Team River Runner to host National Adaptive Paddle Sports Training

May 30, 2013

June 2 through June 6 Team River Runner Adapt2Achieve Conference in McHenry, Maryland will feature adaptive paddling trainings, certifications and nonprofit administrative seminars

 Rockville, Md. – May 30, 2013 — Disabled Sports USA (DSUSA)’s Adapt2Achieve program (A2A) in partnership with Team River Runner (TRR) will offer  a three day adaptive paddle sports training conference to over 60 adaptive instructors from around the country including 19 DSUSA chapters and 21 TRR chapters.  The conference will take place June 2 through June 6 at Garrett College and the Adventure Sports Center International in McHenry, Md.  The conference features nonprofit administrative seminars and adaptive paddling trainings and certifications by the American Canoe Association.  Instruction will be offered in kayaking, paracanoe and paddle boarding.

“Disabled Sports USA is delighted to partner with our chapter, Team River Runner, to host this  adaptive water sports conference that will bring together instructors who are committed to providing quality adaptive sports instruction for individuals with disabilities, including wounded warriors and youth with disabilities, ” said Kirk M. Bauer, JD, executive director for Disabled Sports USA.  DSUSA’s  Adapt2Achieve program aims to enable DSUSA chapters and local adaptive sports partners to provide improved program services to local communities.  DSUSA offered complimentary registration, training, certification, meals and housing to instructors and volunteers from DSUSA and TRR chapters.

Joe Mornini, Executive Director of Team River Runner, echoes these sentiments.  “Working with DSUSA over the years, we have been able to move from success to success.  The collaborative program this year represents another major step forward for our organization.”


About Disabled Sports USA

Founded in 1967, Disabled Sports USA is a charitable organization that provides opportunities for individuals with disabilities to develop independence, confidence and fitness through participation in sports.  What began as a program to serve Vietnam veterans has since grown into one of the nation’s largest multi-sport, multi-disability organizations, annually serving more than 60,000 wounded warriors, youth and adults with disabilities.  A member of the U.S. Olympic Committee, Disabled Sports USA offers programs in more than 40 summer and winter sports through its nationwide network of more than 100 community-based chapters.  For more information, visit www.disabledsportsusa.org.

About Team River Runner

Team River Runner (TRR), established in August 2004 by kayakers in the Washington, DC area, is a primarily volunteer non-profit organization run by a council of kayakers and overseen by a board of directors. TRR was initially established to help active duty military personnel wounded in Iraq and Afghanistan who were recovering at Walter Reed Army Medical Center. With the success there obvious and the opportunity elsewhere apparent, TRR expanded to other Department of Defense (DoD) and Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) chapter sites in 2007. For more information, visit http://www.teamriverrunner.org/.

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Disabled Sports USA is a nonprofit, tax-exempt charitable organization under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. Donations are tax-deductible as allowed by law.

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