Get Your Paddles Out! Kayaking is Back, Bigger and Better

Imagine this scenario. The sun is shining and the warmth envelopes you as you paddle along the river with serene scenes all around. After a long winter and protracted pandemic, it sounds like a far-off dream. But thanks to generous funding from the Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation National Paralysis Resource Center (PRC), Sportable will be able to offer and expand its kayaking program this spring and into summer.

The $25,000 grant will allow for the purchase of new kayaks, adaptive equipment, a trailer as well as additional support staff. The grant is part of the PRC’s Direct Effect Quality of Life Program that supports nonprofit organizations that empower individuals living with paralysis.

A sponsorship from Transact Capital Partners, a full-service mergers and acquisitions advisory firm headquartered in Richmond, will support kayaking experiences dedicated for wounded veterans. With a sizeable number of employees who are veterans, Transact wanted to give back to the community. Supporting Sportable’s veteran kayaking program was a perfect match to provide its talent and treasure to the organization.

Working alongside community partners Chesterfield County Parks and Recreation, RVA’s leader in kayaking instruction for over 30 years, and Beyond Boundaries, a non-profit committed to guiding outdoor adventures for individuals of all abilities, Sportable will provide athletes with physical disabilities the opportunity to learn the basics of kayaking alongside the region’s most experienced staff.

Sportable’s restructured adaptive kayaking programs will begin in April. Registration and additional information will be available at Sportable.org.