Physically Disabled Youth Kayak and Paddleboard on the San Joaquin River
June 26, 2018
FRESNO, CA - The San Joaquin River Parkway and Conservation Trust, Inc. (River Parkway Trust) has partnered up with Valley Children's Adaptive Sports Program to provide a clinic for physically disabled youth, with conditions ranging from cerebral palsy to spinal cord injuries, to participate in kayaking and paddle boarding on the San Joaquin River. A group of educated and trained staff will assist in this adventure. The clinic will be held on Saturday, June 30th, 2018, from 9 am to 2 pm at Sycamore Island. It is a free event and open to the public.
This clinic will bring the community together to share in the joy of the San Joaquin River, provide an opportunity for education about the San Joaquin River Parkway, and demonstrate opportunities for kayaking and paddle boarding on the San Joaquin River.
The River Parkway Trust is pleased to provide a convenient local venue in partnership with Valley Children’s Adaptive Sports Program.
“The proximity of Valley Children’s Hospital to Sycamore Island makes our partnership with the Adaptive Sports Program a great match. We are thrilled to have the opportunity to introduce program participants to the recreational opportunities available on the San Joaquin River,” said the River Parkway Trust’s Executive Director Sharon Weaver.
“We anticipate that this event is the beginning of a growing partnership between the River Parkway Trust and Valley Children’s Healthcare.”
The River Parkway Trust provides program services in the areas of conservation, education, and recreation. The organization provides seasonal, weekend park operations at Sycamore Island. The River Parkway Trust’s mission is to preserve and restore San Joaquin River lands of ecological, scenic, or historic significance, to educate the public on the need for stewardship, to research issues affecting the river, and to promote educational, recreational, and agricultural uses of the river bottom consistent with protection of the river’s resources.
Valley Children's Hospital Adaptive Sports’ mission is to provide team sports and recreational activities for people with physical disabilities and impairments. The organization’s goal is to organize fun, safe, and educational recreational experiences at every clinic. The Adaptive Sports Program not only provides activities for the physically disabled, but also creates a strong support system among families in similar situations. It brings together people experiencing the same struggles allowing for a positive and helpful space that is carried on into the family’s daily lives.
Clinic participants will meet at the Valley Children's Hospital playground at 8:30 am, then caravan to Sycamore Island together. All equipment will be provided. Trained staff and volunteers will guide participants throughout the experience. A picnic lunch will be provided for participants and their families after paddling. The clinic is a free event and open to the public. Registration is required. If you plan on attending, please register at the link provided: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLScVY5UePz_S26pmED_zxP0UHb0kI2lCoMBKgEqg3SWkVeMVgw/viewform
Finn Telles, Director of Business Development
(559) 248-8480 ext. 216
Valley Children's Adaptive Sports