Officials in Henry Countys Parks and Recreation Department hope to expand the agencys Therapeutic Recreation Division, by launching a Special Olympic Kayaking Team.
The kayaking team would be part of many offerings the agency provides to Henry County residents with special needs, according to county spokesperson, Julie Hoover-Ernst.
She said county commissioners recently accepted a generous donation of kayaking equipment from the Georgia Kayak Fishing Association.
The donation of four kayaks, a wrap, and an enclosed cargo event trailer with a total value of $8,500, is expected to be enough to propel Henry Countys pilot program with the hopes of making kayaking an official Special Olympic Sport in the state of Georgia, said Hoover-Ernst
We have one of the best therapeutic recreation programs in the state, said Tim Coley, director of Henry Countys Parks and Recreation Department. I believe thats why weve been asked to take off with this program.
The Henry County Parks and Recreation Departments Therapeutic Recreation Division, along with the Georgia Kayak Fishing Foundation, sponsored a Kayak and Fishing Field Day for the special needs community, in June, at the Cubihatcha Outdoor Center, in Locust Grove.
Special athletes had a chance to whet their appetite for the water sport, added Hoover-Ernst. It was because of that special program that the organization was honored with the Innovative Program of the Year [recognition] for their efforts.
For more information about the Therapeutic Recreation Division, or any of the Henry County Parks and Recreation Departments programs or activities, visit www.hcprd.org