Injured Veterans Tackle Wounds of War in Rowing Class at White Rock Lake
Over fifty injured veterans from across the country will convene at White Rock Lake in Dallas to participate in White Rock Rowing’s third annual “Learn to Row” program on March 17.
The program, hosted in conjunction with the Wounded Warrior Project Soldier Ride, will teach these heroic men and women the basics of rowing and facilitate camaraderie among fellow injured veterans.
Participants will first receive lessons from White Rock Rowing Head Coach Ed Golding on stationary rowing machines inside the Sam Leake Boathouse, then advance to using oars and boats out on the water of White Rock Lake.
“It is such an honor to work with these men and women who have sacrificed so much for our country,” Golding said in anticipation of the event. “The Wounded Warrior Project is filled with so many strong individuals and to work with them and teach them a bit about the sport of rowing means a lot to our club.”
The instructional rowing lesson will follow an 18-mile bike ride around White Rock Lake and precede a 10-mile ride the following day in Fort Worth.
This two-day, rehabilitative cycling and rowing retreat, presented by USAA, is intended to empower the war veterans, build their confidence and foster a network of healing as these heroes transition back into civilian life.
The “Learn to Row” program begins at 1 p.m. on Friday, March 17. The press and general public are welcome to attend. Parking is available at 2810 White Rock Road in the Lakewood area of Dallas.
About White Rock Rowing
White Rock Rowing (WRR) offers middle school, high school, adult and adaptive rowing programs. WRR started the first adaptive rowing program in North Texas. Since 2012, WRR has taught over 34 athletes with physical limitations how to row. In 2015, WRR was given a $12,000 grant for its participation in the Adaptive Sports Program for Disabled Veterans and Members through U.S. Rowing. WRR is committed to providing opportunities to our veterans and to all people with disabilities who desire to pursue the lifelong sport of rowing.