Fall Rising on Grapevine Lake

FB Kaisa on KayakI’ve had some good days on the water lately, but nothing as satisfying as last Saturday when I got to spend the day at the RISE Adventures End of Summer Bash at Lake Grapevine in North Texas. RISE, which stands for Recovery, Inspiration, Success and Empowerment, is a nonprofit organization that provides adaptive sports programs for people with disabilities.

Despite a couple of days of rain leading up to the event, come Saturday, the clouds parted and served up a mild September day, and the folks came: young and old, black and white, rich and poor, folks from every corner of life, all looking to forget their problems for a few hours.

The programs are 100% free to the disabled persons and their family, and they include activities such as sail boating, shooting, kayaking and wheelchair rugby, a fun looking game of armored wheelchairs and bloody knuckles also known as murderball (but it’s okay because nobody actually dies). Here are few photos from the event…

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As always, I found it humbling to be in the presence of these folks and their families. I can’t even begin to imagine the hardships they face each day, and it’s great to see them spending the day outdoors with their family and friends, doing the things so many of us take for granted.

To learn more about the organization and donate or volunteer, visit their website at: http://www.riseadaptivesports.org/wp/. They have a lot of good information in the FAQ page, which you will see if you mouse over their Our Mission link. Please pay them a visit and help if you can.

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  1 comment for “Fall Rising on Grapevine Lake

  1. Rick Brauer
    September 25, 2013 at 7:14 PM

    I get more out of doing things for RISE, I get more by seeing new faces and hearing how lives have changed. I get to feel it, I get to see it, I’m a part of it. This was a great event to be at and thank you for the wonderful write up Bert. Thank you for sharing.

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