Rockford’s Rogue River Rentals is teaming up with Kentwood Parks and Recreation and the Grand Rapids Wheelchair Sports Association (GRWSA) on August 12 for an advanced adaptive kayaking trip on the Rogue River.
According to Audrey Stout of the Kentwood Parks and Recreation, “The advance adaptive kayaking trip is for more advanced participants who would like more of a challenge than our kayaking clinic that we also offer. We are also using this kayaking trip to give our participants an opportunity to experience kayaking on a river.”
Rogue River Rentals owner Cindy Palmreuter said, “We are so honored that Kentwood Parks and Recreation selected Rogue River Rentals to host this event. It is a great opportunity for us to help give these athletes the tools to be able to utilize their abilities above and beyond what they are accustomed to through their regular kayaking clinic.”
Stout explained, “Kentwood Parks and Recreation offers a variety of opportunities for people with various disabilities. We are a Paralympic Sport Club which is a community-based sports club developed to involve youth and adults with physical and visual disabilities in sports and physical activity.”
Kentwood Parks and Recreation currently offers activities such as adaptive water ski, archery, rock climbing, downhill snow ski, canoeing/kayaking, and wheelchair basketball.
The GRWSA, Kentwood Parks and Recreation’s partner organization, is a nonprofit organization
designed to help children and adults whose various physical challenges require them to use a wheelchair to play competitive and recreational sports. Their mission is “to provide and promote competitive and recreational wheelchair sports for persons with physical disabilities.”
Palmreuter and her team are gearing up for the event and anticipate between 10 and 12 athletes. “We are really looking forward to meeting these amazing people who have made the conscious choice to overcome their disabilities and push themselves to be their absolute best,” said Palmreuter. “It’s really very inspiring!”