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Sarasota News Leader November 8, 2013 And rowing is just one of the athletic pursuits he envisions for wounded veterans at the park, based on his discussions with Blackketter. Opportunities lie ahead for competitive hand cycling and kayaking as well. The adaptive sports "will be a big part of the program," Kenney adds. Page 101 — Jason Moskowitz, head coach of Sarasota Crew's Masters program, was coordinating excursions on the lake for the veterans in the group at Benderson Park. "This is exciting," he says. "They're inspiring," he adds of the veterans. "These guys are fearless. … They're tough, too; they're strong." "This is really his passion," Blackketter says One person at the park that day who was of Kenney. "We're really thankful that we're especially excited about the adaptive rowable to team up with him." ing program was Laura Schwanger, 54. An Army veteran and cancer survivor, the St. AT THE CHAMPIONSHIPS Petersburg resident was there with a Row for With a weather front having cooled down the the Cure group when she heard — "totally by temperatures on Aug. 17 — and some breezes chance" — about Kenney's Operation Second and intermittent clouds keeping them there Chance adaptive rowing initiative. Nicholas Thom stands in the center of the front row of an earlier group that visited Sarasota County through Operation Second Chance. Contributed photo

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