Injured Veterans Benefit from Summer Sports — Veterans Health Administration

Rehabilitation events allow Veterans to reach their full potential.

by Hans Petersen, VA Staff Writer

Monday, September 16, 2013

It’s called kayak football and it may never make it to prime time but for dozens of injured Veterans, it brought out an energy and spirit that that not only strengthened their bodies but helped to improve their confidence and self worth.

Kayak football is just one of the activities of VA’s Summer Sports Clinic underway this week in San Diego, Calif.

The unique sport involved the Veterans’ families and coaches, who were cheering loudly from the dock. The game tested dexterity and balance and the ability to throw a wet football while seated in a kayak.

After multiple spills into the water, all participants came out laughing, smiling and wet. One Veteran noted that, “Being here has given me the inspiration, the help and the confidence to stay committed. Being able to meet such great people…this has really had a big impact on me.”

The annual clinic offers adventure sports and recreational activities such as sailing, surfing, track and field events, kayaking and cycling (hand and tandem) to those who were recently injured.

Here’s a video of the sailing…

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