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Galveston County
28th ANNUAL ADAPTIVE WATER SPORTS FESTIVAL FOR INDIVIDUALS WITH SPECIAL NEEDS TO BE HELD AT MOODY GARDENS
News Release
Thursday, August 02, 2018

Galveston, Texas - Individuals with special needs are invited to a day at the beach with Moody Gardens and Texas Adaptive Aquatics to participate for free in adaptive sports designed just for them. In its 28th year, the annual Adaptive Water Sports Festival will be celebrated Sept. 8 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Moody Gardens Palm Beach.

Weather permitting, all guests ages eight and up who have special needs will have the unique opportunity to water ski, sail, kayak and paddleboard with special equipment and instructors at no charge. Up to 4 immediate family members and caregivers are also welcome to accompany guests who are participating and can enjoy free admission to Palm Beach. Extended family and friends can participate by purchasing a regular admission to Palm Beach, however only the lazy river and wave pool will be available to guests during this time.

The Moody Gardens Adaptive Water Sports Festival is the largest multi-activity outdoor recreational event on the coast. This event reaches hundreds of families each year with the help of adaptive equipment and instructors from Turning Point Gulf Coast, Galveston Community Sailing, Island Paddle, Sun Time Watersports and Texas Adaptive Aquatics as well as volunteers from around the community including UTMB.

“This event gives individuals with special needs the opportunity to enjoy an array of water sports, which is not something that they get to do very often,” said Moody Gardens Volunteer Coordinator Molly Willems. “Seeing the thrill and excitement that it gives them is the most rewarding thing about this event.”

Registration for the event is required and will be open from Aug. 2 through Aug. 30. Activities are on a first-come, first-serve basis.

The Adaptive Water Sports Festival is one of several Hope Therapy events held at Moody Gardens every year. For event RSVP or volunteer registration, please contact Moody Gardens at 409-683-4108 or email volunteers@moodygardens.org.

 

Moody Gardens is a public, non-profit educational destination utilizing nature in the advancement of rehabilitation, conservation, recreation and research.




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