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PADDLING WITH DISABLED VETERANS

Team River Runner

Jennifer Hahn, RT

TRR Central USA Regional Coordinator

TRR Decatur Chapter Coordinator

ACA Illinois State Director

ACA L2 Kayaking Instructor, APW Endorsement

The Southern Illinois Team River Runner (SOIL TRR) chapter is officially paddling as of August 30, 2019.  Team River Runner is a non-profit national organization that assists disabled veterans and their families in paddle sports.

Over the weekend, Team River Runner chapter members from Decatur, St Louis, and Columbia met for a fun weekend of paddling on the Little Grassy Lake at Touch of Nature.  A total of 97 paddlers, volunteers, and family members participated.

The SIUC accessible camp was the perfect setting to host the new paddlers. The weekend paddle was sponsored by H3F, Heroes Helping Heroes Foundation of Decatur, IL.  Kayak instruction during the day consisted of determining type of kayak, fit, and basics on water instruction.  Saturday night of the event we hosted a glow paddle.  For most, it was the first time they have ever paddled at night.  The star filled sky was perfectly paired with glowing kayaks and paddlers. “This is the most comfortable I’ve felt in a long time”,My family and I are very thankful for having this opportunity to learn paddling skills,” and “I never thought I would be kayaking after my injury,” are a few of the comments made by the veterans over the weekend.

For more information on Team River Runner, check out https://www.teamriverrunner.org/

Team River Runner

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