Northport VA Medical Center
You can teach a “devil dog” new tricks
Friday, March 4, 2011
23-year-old, OEF/OIF Marine Corps Veteran Tremain Wade, accompanied by Northport VAMC Blind Rehabilitation Specialist and Adaptive Sports Program Coordinator Ed Richards, LCSW, participated in this amazing winter weekend adventure.
Wade had never skied in a “bucket ski,” so balancing and steering one became the focus of his lessons, which were provided by U.S. Army Colonel Tim Watson and camp team member Cathal Mcgloin. According to his trainers, Tremain’s “can do” attitude allowed him to very successfully ski Loon Mountain, top to bottom!
The weekend would not have been possible without Rob Mueller, Managing Director, and Geoff Krill, Sports Director, both of the New England Disabled Sports Program, “where boundaries are broken.”
With the same goal, Northport VAMC will be hosting its second adaptive sports clinic on June 16. This clinic is sponsored by the Disabled American Veterans Transportation Network, the United States Olympic Committee/Paralympic Division, and the NY/NJ Veterans Healthcare Network. For more information about the clinic and ongoing summer activities, call Ed Richards at (631) 261-4400, ext. 2113.