Water sports program for injured vets comes to Canandaigua Lake

July 10, 2019 07:35 AM

CANANDAIGUA, N.Y. (WHEC) — Healing the wounds of war, an organization is pairing up with local military veterans.

Wake for Warriors connects with injured military vets through wake and water sports. It holds events across the country, with the only one in New York being held this week in Canandaigua.


The organization paired up with Seager Marine to bring local veterans out for wake surfing.

“Wake for Warriors allows veterans who have been injured, amputees, post traumatic stress, it allows them to go out onto the lake and wake surf,” explained Peter Coons, the co-owner of Seager Marine on Canandaigua Lake.

His staff had been involved in previous events held on Skaneateles Lake.

“We laugh, we cry. It’s amazing the things you hear from these guys,” shared Bill Rich, a board member with Wake for Warriors and a Rochester native.

It goes beyond boarding.

“We get a lot of comradery from these types of events. Not only are we doing something physically, but mentally it helps too. Getting together with people who think the same as you, or have the same struggle as you do,” expressed Tisha Knickerbocker, a Marine Corps vet who has a spinal injury.

The group uses adaptive gear so no matter the war-inflicted injury, visible or invisible, everyone can have a chance to get out on the water. 

To learn more about the organization and upcoming events, click here.


Stephanie Robusto

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