September 2021 Newsletter

Fall is near, which means great weather to get outdoors and get active. SportsAbility Alliance has both in-person and virtual activities coming to you this season. Be sure to check our calendar, subscribe to our newsletter emails and follow us on social media to be the first to hear about accessible, inclusive recreation opportunities.

photo of Laurie GussakExecutive Director's Message: Big Kahuna, Kickball and more

Laurie LoRe-Gussak, MBA, IOM, CAE

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David C. JonesFounder's Message: Fodder from the Founder

David C. Jones

I was recently honored with the opportunity to participate in a ribbon cutting celebration, and invited to be aboard the maiden voyage of a brand-new wheelchair accessible glass bottom boat that was custom built and being put into service at Silver Springs State Park near Ocala. This project was initiated by a past encounter that Paula Russo had with a grandmother who was visiting the springs with several of her grandchildren. She was unhappy because she wanted the kids to enjoy the experience of the tour of the springs like she had done years earlier. She couldn’t do it, so they didn’t either.

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  Events & Activities

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Big Kahuna

Big Kahuna is a fundraising event for SportsAbility Alliance to support inclusive and accessible recreation and wellness programs for people of all ages and abilities. This event has a brand new format this year, we now have 2 races:

  • the Big Kahuna ("Big Chief") race for teams/groups - 1 person will be chosen as the team's "Champion" to race
  • the Big Kāpena ("Big Captain") race for individuals

Instead of teams of people in a big canoe, single paddlers in kayaks will compete for the best time. All racers will be video recorded, which will be streamed at a later date. Winners will be announced on the video stream. 

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Miracle Sports

Kickball - Join us for some in-person kickball at Miracle Field (Messer Park, Tallahassee). We play Thursday evenings starting September 9. Everyone is welcome to play!

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 Recent Articles

photo of Gordon PalmerLeadership Spotlight: Gordon Palmer

Gordon Palmer currently serves as the president of the Board of Directors for SportsAbility Alliance (formerly Florida Disabled Outdoors Association). Since FDOA was founded in 1990, Gordon has been involved as a participant, volunteer, and board member.

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photo of family walking outdoorsThe Benefits of Walking Outside

The nature prescriptions that doctors have chosen to write are to help with overall health. Whether you walk, run, hike, bike, swim or even sit down to take in the environment or fresh air, being outside for 20 minutes can help improve your mood and well-being (Ducharme, 2019).

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Donate to Support Inclusive Recreation

Suggested Donation:
Give $31 for our 31 years of supporting inclusive recreation for all ages and abilities.

Any donation amount appreciated.

Donations may also be mailed to:
SportsAbility Alliance

3035 Eliza Road
Tallahassee, FL 32308

FDOA (dba SportsAbility Alliance) gratefully accepts tax deductible donations and in-kind gifts as a 501 (c)(3) nonprofit organization. (Federal ID# 59-3051552)