Everyone deserves a chance to get out on the water. Living on the shores of Lake Erie, we have been talking about improved access to the water for years, and finally we are seeing a change for the better. Canoes and kayaks abound, sailing clubs are thriving – there’s even a schooner and water taxi at Canalside. While access conditions continue to get better, there is a segment of the population that is less fortunate, and does not have the same opportunities that so many of us get to enjoy. Disabled and disadvantaged adults and children should not sit on the sidelines as our waterfront activates.
While recreational activities on the water appear to be out of grasp for some, there is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization* called Western New York Adaptive Water Sports (WNYAWS) that is doing everything in its ability to ensure that everyone has equal opportunities when it comes to the water. Whether it’s sailing, SCUBA, fishing, canoeing, kyaking, rowing, swimming, water skiing, motor boating or jet skiing, WNYAWS is there to affect change in a way that is both inspirational and heart warming. The waterfront is for all of us to share, and luckily Buffalo has an organization that making sure that anyone who would like to get out on the lakes and rivers can do so.
*Volunteers and donations gratefully accepted. Connect with WNYAWS by telephoning (716) 553-7670 or visiting their website wnyadaptivewatersports.org.