Rio Salado Rowing Club begins a 12-week program with the Wounded Warrior Project to host a rowing program for veterans. The program begins with several weeks on the erg, to acquaint the Warriors with the rowing stroke, and after four weeks of on-water rowing, concludes on "National Learn to Row Day" with a graduation "celebration". The goals of this program are similar to those of any of Rio's rowing programs: to create a "team" environment, promote physical activity, and have a chance to learn a new skill. And of course, the hope is that many of the Warriors will get hooked on rowing, and become Rio members!
"Wounded Warrior Project® (WWP) serves veterans and service members who incurred a physical or mental injury, illness, or wound, co-incident to their military service on or after September 11, 2001 and their families. With the mission to honor and empower Wounded Warriors, WWP is the hand extended to encourage warriors as they adjust to their new normal and achieve new triumphs. Offering a variety of programs and services, WWP is equipped to serve warriors with every type of injury – from the physical to the invisible wounds of war.
Wounded Warrior Project® (WWP) takes a holistic approach when serving warriors and their families to nurture the mind and body, and encourage economic empowerment and engagement. Through a high-touch and interactive approach, WWP hopes to foster the most successful, well-adjusted generation of wounded service members in our nation's history." (From Wounded Warrior Project® website.)
Row Rio is fortunate to be able to offer this program to our "heROWS".