White Rock Rowing Host Wounded Warrior Project
White Rock Rowing (WRR) was selected as the host for a Learn To Row for nearly 60 injured veterans, as part of the Wounded Warrior Project (WWP) Soldier Ride, on Saturday, Sept. 12th. . For all of the participants this was their first experience with rowing.
Nearly 60 Wounded Warriors took part in a life changing, 34-mile cycling event through Dallas and Ft Worth. On Friday, September 11, the soldiers cycled the first 16-mile leg of their ride in Ft. Worth. Saturday, the group rode 18 miles through Dallas, ending at White Rock Boathouse to cap off their active weekend by learning to row.
This was an incredible opportunity for WRR to show their ongoing support for our veterans, and to introduce them to a sport that has had such an impact on so many who participates in it.
“It was a tremendous honor to coach the men and women from the Wounded Warrior Project. Despite the challenges they face every day, they aren’t afraid to seek new adventures that prioritize physical, mental, and emotional fitness through sport and teamwork, they are a true inspiration”, said Rachel Spielberg, Women’s Head Coach at White Rock Rowing. The soldiers that participated were quick to learn, tough as nails, and didn’t give up, traits that veterans inherently posses in work and in life.
“White Rock Rowing has been committed to their adaptive rowing program, and this was unquestionably one of the most extraordinary days at our Boathouse. To be in the presence of so many Wounded Warriors that personify the inspiration of sacrifice, and perseverance, and show us the true meaning of dedication was inspiring,” said Mary Condon, the White Rock Rowing specialized Adaptive Head Coach. The smiles on all the faces said it all, and White Rock Rowing was honored to be a part of this event through the Wounded Warrior Project.
About Wounded Warrior Soldier Ride: Soldier Ride often serves as an introductory program for WWP veterans. The national program brings service members together for a long weekend focused on physical health, wellness, and healing. In addition to cycling, they will participate in activities that supplement their journey toward a healthy lifestyle. Veterans will learn how to prepare a healthy meal during a cooking class, as well as physical activities like golf, white water and adaptive rowing. What may appear as a fun weekend getaway actually serves as a retreat to provide veterans with an opportunity to lean on one another for support and the empowerment they need to take on civilian life. More information on Soldier Ride is available at soldierride.org
About White Rock Rowing: White Rock Rowing offers a variety of programs for youth, adults and adaptive rowers at White Rock Boathouse on White Rock Lake. Starting in 2005, White Rock Rowing has been promoting teamwork, and leadership. Since its inception, WRR has built a rowing community whose mission is to put oars and opportunities in the hands of those who would otherwise not have the chance to row. Both novice and experienced rowers are welcome. For more information about getting out on the water, visit our website at whiterockrowing.org