Adaptive Sports Program Temporarily Closes Due to Low Lake Level

Sep 22, 2011
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The Texas Adaptive Aquatics, Inc. is a non-profit water sports program for people with disabilities. During its’ 22 years, the organization has helped thousands of people with disabilities to enjoy various sports programs. Presently, due to low lake levels on Lake Houston, the organization is going to have to temporarily close until the lake levels come up to safe and normal levels.

Roger Randall the program leader states, “we will definitely reopen once the water level returns to a safe level. The lake is seven feet below normal. It would have to come back up five or six feet for us to be able to do anything.”

Randall explains that after running for so many years, the organization has never experienced anything like this or has ever closed. Texas Adaptive Aquatics was founded in 1989 by Randall, to teach people with disabilities to water-ski and enjoy the outdoors again after a loss or due to a birth defect to get away from their wheelchair or crutches, and feel the freedom behind a power boat.

Over the years, their program has expanded, from offering adaptive water-skiing to sailing, kayaking, dove hunting, and even adaptive duck hunting. The group operates its hunting programs on land it owns in Liberty County. The organization teaches adaptive water-skiing techniques along with adaptive sailing. Many of the members of TAA have had years of adaptive water-skiing experience, and are normally ready to teach the newly wounded and disabled soldiers a new way to adapt to water sports.

A group of volunteers have been trying to clean-up Lake Houston, but it has been overwhelming with all the old tires and debris, according to Randall. “There are tons of junk, tires and debris,” he said. “We cleaned up 70 tires in our area.”

Randall has asked the community and the TAA members to be patient. “Pray for rain,” he said. “We’ll be back when the good Lord brings us rain.”

For more information about Texas Adaptive Aquatics, visit www.taasports.org.

Author: Jenny Carlton