Friday was the last day of the National Veterans Summer Sports Clinic NVSSC and it was teams Phoenix and Titans turn to take to the water with Challenged America volunteers in the sailing event
Day 4 of the National Veterans Summer Sports Clinic NVSSC . We are seeing so many more double amputees this week, an unfortunate combat injury trend. At the same time, it’s amazing to see the spirit of these men and women who served us. It’s amazing to see their smiles, it’s very contagious and can get very emotional for us volunteers. For most of us, the NVSSC is the highlight of our year. There is noting that compares to giving back to those who gave so much to our country.
Yesterday, disabled veterans from teams Vulcan and Neptune experienced sailing and racing with Challenged America at the National Veterans Summer Sports Clinic (NVSSC)
The National Veterans Summer Sports Clinic Program (NVSSC) gives Veterans with disabilities an opportunity for self development and challenge through education and recreational activities. It promotes rehabilitation by teaching summer sporting activities to Veterans with significant physical or psychological impairments.
Actress Bo Derek, a big supporter of disabled veterans causes, visited the National Veterans Summer Sports Clinic yesterday.
Second day of the NVSSC, disabled veterans from teams Olympus and Poseidon at the sailing venue
First Day of the National Veterans Summer Sports Clinic, 125 disabled veterans are in San Diego for a week of sports and friendly competitions. yesterday, it was Teams Poseidon and Mercury’s turn to experience sailing with Challenged America volunteers
The National Veterans Summer Sports Clinic (NVSSC), taking place in San Diego September 18-21, promotes rehabilitation of body and spirit by teaching summer sporting activities to Veterans with significant physical or psychological impairments. Veterans had the opportunity to sail the San Diego Bay and enjoy a friendly race against one another.
For the 5th year, Challenged America will host the sailing event. Over 100 Challenged America volunteers will spend a week helping and coaching disabled veterans on the water and on the docks. Challenged America’s Martin 16 boats and equipment are designed and built specifically to allow individuals with all levels of disability drive and handle the boat by themselves under the supervision of a specially trained companion sailor.
We’re pleased to announce that Challenged America will once again support the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) National Veterans Summer Sports Clinic for recently injured veterans. From the San Diego Marriott Marquis Hotel and Marina, September 16 – 21, 2012. Mark your calendars today to help out. More details later.
“In this picture, Doug just finished rigging the sail boat with a joystick system so that I could steer the boat and trim the sails independently. What a sense of freedom and independence! We are a great team. He calmly gives me instruction and I execute. It’s a great sport for me, since I cannot speak (and it’s not necessary)! The only time I was slightly nervous was when we returned, under full sail, within feet of the famous race boat Stars & Stripes and pulled up to the pier with a perfect “hockey stop!” Good times.”
“It is always a humbling, inspirational and tremendously fun experience to sail with Ellen. Using the Power Assist system that we set up on the Martin 16, she has total control, steering the boat and trimming the sails.”
Editor’s Note: Ellen is a veteran who served as a nurse while on active duty, and now has ALS — aka Lou Gehrig’s disease. This was Ellen’s second time at the VA National Summer Sports Clinic for recently injured veterans, and sailing with Challenged America.