FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
01/10/2024

Webster Water Ski Collective Adaptive Waterski Program Receives Prestigious Grant from Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation

Webster, MA – The Webster Water Ski Collective Adaptive Waterski Program is thrilled to announce that it has been selected as a recipient of the Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation’s 2023 2nd Cycle Direct Effect Quality of Life grants program. This program, funded through a cooperative agreement with the Administration for Community Living, recognizes and supports initiatives that enhance the quality of life for individuals living with paralysis and other mobility impairments.

The Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation is a leading organization dedicated to advancing research and improving the lives of individuals living with spinal cord injuries and paralysis. The Direct Effect Quality of Life grants program is a crucial component of their mission, providing funding to organizations that implement innovative and impactful projects for the paralysis community.

The Webster Water Ski Collective Adaptive Waterski Program is honored to receive this prestigious grant, which will be used to further enhance our adaptive waterskiing initiatives. Our program is committed to providing inclusive and empowering experiences for individuals with disabilities, allowing them to enjoy the thrill of waterskiing and build confidence in their abilities.

“We are incredibly grateful to the Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation for their support and recognition of our efforts,” said Ryan DesRoches, Director of Adaptive Skiing at the Webster Water Ski Collective. “This grant will enable us to expand our adaptive waterskiing program, reaching even more individuals with paralysis and creating opportunities for them to engage in a sport that promotes physical activity, social interaction, and a sense of achievement.”

The Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation’s grant will directly contribute to the purchase of specialized adaptive equipment, training for instructors, and the development of outreach programs to raise awareness about adaptive waterskiing opportunities for the paralysis community.

“What water skiing does for me is make me realize that I can do something that society says I can’t. Being in the water makes me feel free from my inabilities.” says Cindi Gazda one of Webster Water Ski Collective’s adaptive skiers.   “Adaptive sports has the power to transform lives, and I am proof of that”. 

The Webster Water Ski Collective Adaptive Waterski Program extends its gratitude to the Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation for their commitment to improving the lives of individuals with paralysis. We look forward to utilizing this grant to expand our reach and continue creating meaningful experiences for our participants.

For more information about the Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation and the Direct Effect Quality of Life grants program, please visit https://www.christopherreeve.org/.

About the Webster Water Ski Collective:
The Webster Water Ski Collective is a community-focused 501(c)(3) non-profit organization dedicated to promoting water skiing, fostering inclusivity, and creating memorable experiences on the water. Through its various programs and initiatives, the collective aims to share the joy of water skiing with individuals of all abilities while preserving the natural beauty of Central Massachusetts’ waterways.
https://WebsterWaterSki.org

About the Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation:
The Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation is dedicated to curing spinal cord injury by advancing innovative research and improving the quality of life for individuals and families impacted by paralysis. For more information, please visit https://www.christopherreeve.org/.

For Media Inquiries, Contact:
Ryan DesRoches
Director of Adaptive Skiing
(774) 495-0165
Adaptive@WebsterWaterSki.org