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Paddle a canoe for Special Olympics

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Anchorage, AK
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Knik Canoers & Kayakers have been providing canoe drivers for this event for years – but the KCK crowd is getting older and it is hard to find enough volunteers.

Each year the Special Olympics summer sports camp, Camp Shriver, has an activity day for the athletes. The activities include the rock gym, fishing at DeLong Lake, and canoeing on DeLong Lake.

Special Olympics is looking for volunteers to drive canoes that day. Expect to do four or six repetitions: meet one of the athletes, check his or her PFD, get him or her settled in the bow of your boat, and paddle on the lake for about 20 minutes. Return your camper to shore, and repeat.

It’s always a fun day, but can be surprisingly challenging for the canoe driver. Some of the athletes have canoed before, but for others this will be their first time in a boat. You never really know what to expect. Even though this is only a lake, you need to have solid canoe skills -- your front paddler may be unpredictable. Bracing and balancing may be important.

Special Olympics is renting 8 canoes from REI, but we need more. For this event, we need very stable lake boats, not whitewater boats.

If you can volunteer to be a canoe operator, that would be great. If you can also bring a canoe, that would be an extra. Bring at least lunch, a PFD, and a couple of paddles.

Schedule: DeLong Lake, Friday July 18, 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

Contact: Eva 222-7625 ext. 605
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