At a free occasion in Virginia this weekend, kids with bodily or developmental disabilities will get to go water snowboarding, kayaking, tubing, paddle boarding, canoeing and extra.

At a free occasion in Virginia, kids with bodily or developmental disabilities will get to go water snowboarding, kayaking, tubing, paddle boarding, canoeing and extra.
(Courtesy So Kids SOAR)

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The 14th Annual So Kids SOAR Adaptive Water Sports Clinic takes place Saturday, July 13, at Pohick Bay Regional Park in Lorton.
(Courtesy So Kids SOAR)

Courtesy So Kids SOAR

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The purpose is to empower kids with disabilities by means of sports activities and leisure actions, by constructing confidence and creating reminiscences.
(Courtesy So Kids SOAR)

Courtesy So Kids SOAR

At a free occasion in Fairfax County, Virginia, this weekend, kids with bodily or developmental disabilities will get to go water snowboarding, kayaking, tubing, paddle boarding, canoeing and extra.

“They get to be seen, they get to be heard,” mentioned Kierra Johnson, a packages analyst with D.C. nonprofit So Kids SOAR. “They get to be themselves, they get to achieve confidence.”

The 14th Annual So Kids SOAR Adaptive Water Sports Clinic is scheduled to happen Saturday, July 13, at Pohick Bay Regional Park in Lorton. Children could have entry to adaptive gear and instructors. A complete of about 120 households are coming this yr, up from 57 households in 2023.

Johnson’s brother Quinn joined the enjoyable final yr.

“My brother is on the autism spectrum, and he did a water sport clinic,” she mentioned. “He simply had a giant previous smile on his face. I’m glad my brother will get to be a type of individuals to have the chance to attempt one thing new and have enjoyable.”

So Kids SOAR holds adaptive clinics a couple of times a month, however this is without doubt one of the group’s greatest occasions of the yr. The purpose is to empower kids with disabilities by means of sports activities and leisure actions, by constructing confidence and creating reminiscences.

“There was one child who went tubing for the primary time and his mother broke down in tears,” Johnson mentioned. “I believe she was actually happy with her son for making an attempt one thing new and simply being a child for a change, as an alternative of (being) checked out or judged unfairly. It was superior.”

The clinics are open to kids with disabilities ages 4-24 and are 100% free for households collaborating.

“It all the time warms my coronary heart each time somebody is having enjoyable or smiling or simply expressing pleasure with making an attempt one thing new,” Johnson mentioned.

So Kids SOAR is in want of volunteers. You can study extra on the group’s website.

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