On Veterans Day weekend, Wind Sports for Wounded Warriors (WS4WW) will hold its second kiteboarding retreat for injured veterans in The Flats of Key West, FL. The four-day event, beginning November 7, provides participants with professional wind sport training, lodging, meals, and equipment as in introduction into this healthy and therapeutic lifestyle.
Participants in the upcoming retreat include a U.S. Air Force Special Operations staff sergeant who suffered a traumatic brain injury and an Army Ranger who broke his leg during a pre-deployment mission accident. They will be joined by two returning beneficiaries looking to improve their skills with help from instructors Nick O’Bea of Liquid Force Kiteboarding and Mark Rush of Emerald Coast Kiteboarding.
“Sometimes all you need is a reason to get you back in the world for a while, and WS4WW gave me a reason that worked,” said U.S. Army veteran and Purple Heart recipient Neil B., who participated in WS4WW’s first retreat at Sullivan’s Island, SC.
Open to the public, the event has garnered nationwide support. Premiere sponsors include SportsInsurance.com, who will provide free insurance for all WS4WW events this year; Special Operations Wounded Warriors (SOWW), who contributed a sizable monetary donation; and Emerald Coast Kiteboarding, who designed the event T-shirt and will provide one of the retreat’s experienced instructors. Each participant will receive a kite repair kit, donated by Kitefix.
WS4WW accepts donations by mail or through PayPal via www.ws4ww.org. Ws4ww is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization. Please see updates of our event at www.facebook.com/ws4ww