CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (NEWSPLEX) -- Many people find spending time in the outdoors to be therapeutic, and there’s one local company that's harnessing the power of Mother Nature to help heal wounded veterans.
"On this Veterans Day, Blue Ridge Outdoors would like to thank veterans, both past and present, and those who are no longer with us for their service to this county. And there is one local organization that does just that year round," said Katie Hartwell, the Marketing Manager at Blue Ridge Outdoors.
Therapeutic Adventures is a local nonprofit that helps people with disabilities, including disabled veterans, enjoy sports and outdoor activities.
“We work with all ages and populations of different special needs. We work with disabled veterans. We're a Team River Runner chapter that provides adaptive paddling programs for veterans and their families. We are a Paralympic sport club. This year, we will be providing the 36th year of skiing adaptive snow sports up at Massanutten Resort in Harrisonburg. Also, we are the oldest and continuous running adaptive snow sports program in the Southeast," said Mark Andrews, the Founder and Executive Director of Therapeutic Adventures.
They have been helping people with disabilities and special needs for 40 years and there’s no shortage of activities into which Therapeutic Adventures will help people delve.
"Being able to ski, being able to paddle, fly fishing, and we just did a sled hockey clinic a couple of weeks ago at the Main Street Arena. So, we want individuals with different disabilities to be able to really do any type of activity that they would like to,” Andrews said.
Therapeutic Adventures also uses a special hashtag embodying that belief.
"We use the hashtag #weadaptforyou, so we figure out if there is an activity that you want to do, and we work it out so that we help individuals to improve their functional independence," he said.
The reward for participating in these activities goes far deeper than just playing sports.
"Well, it is important because it serves to integrate folks with different disabled conditions, gets them involved in sports and recreation and really helps to improve their quality of life," Andrews said.