SAVES: Sports Association Veteran Event Series: Designated programming for veterans began with the Connecticut Wounded Warrior Project in 2009, and is now offered as our SAVES program. The SAVES program (Sports Association Veteran Event Series), is geared specifically veterans who have experienced a disability as a way to grow their participation in adaptive sports. Our veteran specific programming has included programs in kayaking, fishing, waterskiing, adaptive cycling and a challenge course. We also encourage veteran participation in any of our regular programs, to not only offer a wider range of opportunities, but to support veterans in attaining a healthy lifestyle, better quality of life, and new peer relationships.
Fishing Tournaments: Our most popular veterans' program is our annual fishing tournament, which started in 2012. In collaboration with CT Bass Nation and the Major Steven Roy Andrews Fishing Outreach Program, we offer two adaptive fishing tournaments per year. Tournaments are held in May and September. Events have been held at Candlewood Lake and Riverside Park in CT and at Lake Congamond in MA. The tournaments offer each veteran the unique opportunity to be paired with an experienced angler who provides the tournament boat, equipment and instruction. The tournament includes an awards luncheon. For an information and application packet, please contact the Sports Association.
Veterans' Golf Class: The Sports Association offers a 6-week golf class for veterans with a disability, including a physical disability, PTSD, or visual impairment, who are interested in learning about and trying the game of golf. Professional instruction is provided by local PGA professionals trained in adaptive golf techniques and equipment. The class includes clubs, training aids, range balls and weekly access to a driving range and/or golf course.
Veterans' Adaptive Archery Clinics: In 2018, the Sports Association added Adaptive Archery Clinics to the SAVES program. These 2-hour clinics, which are held at Gaylord Hospital, give veterans the opportunity to learn archery in a safe, fun and supportive atmosphere with beginner instruction and an individualized approach.