On any given weekday, you may find Millersville University (MU) students, faculty and staff swimming in the pool at Pucillo Gymnasium. This fall, the University is opening the pool on weekends for veterans to learn how to kayak.
From now through mid-April, the Susquehanna Valley Team River Runner (TRR) will lead pool sessions in Pucillo to teach veterans basic kayak and safety skills, and to train future instructors in adaptive paddling techniques. The nonprofit organization, made up of experienced kayakers, canoeists and instructors, offers free adventure paddling training to combat veterans as a form of health and healing.
“The program is physically demanding and socially supportive to help participants develop a lifestyle of fitness and outdoor adventure,” explains Dr. Gordon Nesbitt, director of campus recreation.
When TRR approached Millersville University about the pool sessions, they admitted that they had limited funds to pay for the facility. The University decided to eliminate any financial difficulties by opening up the pool at Pucillo free of charge.
“This is an opportunity to help America’s wounded veterans find another piece of normalcy,” says Dr. Nesbitt.
The partnership between the nonprofit organization and University will also open opportunities for current MU students. Any students who are Disabled Veterans or non-Veterans who have disabilities can attend the sessions to experience kayaking as a sport, and other students can observe and participate in the unique form of recreation therapy.”
For more information, contact Dr. Gordon Nesbitt at firstname.lastname@example.org.