Monday, September 23, 2013

The Chattahoochee Kayak Challenge

Have you ever kayaked blind-folded? If so, you might have some idea of what it felt like to be a competitor in the Chattahoochee Kayak Challenge this summer. The ACA was proud to sponsor this unique race for the visually impaired and blind as part of the Opening Ceremony for the 2013 Beep Baseball World Series in Columbus, GA. 

Beep Baseball is an adapted version of America's favorite pastime--the baseball's location can be determined by blind players because it beeps! At the event in Columbus, eighteen of the beep baseball teams trained 2-person kayak teams to compete in the Chattahoochee Kayak Challenge.

"The ACA was an active and significant part of this very successful event. I learned a great deal while instructing paddlesports to the visually impaired and the blind," said Joe Moore, ACA Education and Outreach Coordinator. 

The winning kayak team, Taiwan Homerun, received the $5,000 prize. And the ACA was presented with a trophy of appreciation at the award ceremony concluding the event. 

The wood base of the award was taken from the dam they demolished to create the urban whitewater course in Columbus, GA

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