Individuals with disabilities now have access to more physical activity thanks to a special community collaboration. Evansville Adaptive Watersports is launching a new rowing program for individuals with disabilities thanks to help from area organizations. The program brings together individuals to share in the joy of non-motorized watersports and is open to elementary-school age to adults.
With boats and equipment donated by Louisville Adaptive Rowing, financial support from the University of Evansville’s Center for Innovation and Change as well as WNIN, and indoor training made available at the YMCA, the new program is a shining example of organizations coming together to fulfill a need in our community.
“We are so thankful and appreciative that through this Evansville Adaptive Watersports and YMCA partnership, we are able to provide individuals with disabilities with the opportunity to greatly improve their lives,” says Philip Jacobs, Director of Evansville Adaptive Watersports.
Indoor training for participants is available at the Ascension St. Vincent YMCA in Downtown Evansville. The Y adapted multiple pieces of wellness equipment for the program. “Our Y is committed to making health and wellness accessible to all by being inclusive to people with diverse abilities,” says Johnathan Pope, CEO of the YMCA of Southwestern Indiana.
Evansville Adaptive Watersports in conjunction with Louisville Adaptive Rowing and the Ascension St. Vincent YMCA will be hosting a community exhibition this Sunday, October 25th from 10AM-2PM at Tim O’Brien Lake located behind Sweetwater Event Center (8335 Eagle Lake Dr) on Evansville’s eastside. The exhibition is free and open to the public where people can learn about the program and see firsthand the adaptive capabilities.
About YMCA of Southwestern Indiana
The YMCA of Southwestern Indiana, Inc., following the example of Jesus Christ, responds to community needs by serving all people, especially youth, through relationships and activities that promote healthy spirit, mind, and body. Families are invited to learn more about the YMCA and our community outreach by visiting ymcaswin.org.
About Evansville Adaptive Watersports
Our program seeks to provide a safe environment in which we can share the joys of non-motorized watersports with all Evansville Residents to include those with disabilities of all types to share with their peers and/or siblings. EAW raises awareness of adaptive watersports throughout the Evansville Area through educational outreach by designing and developing unique equipment and techniques for any type of disability to participate.