John Dillon Park hosts outrigger-canoeing event this weekend

International Paper John Dillon Park invites the public to come out Saturday-Monday, June 28-30, to learn about outrigger canoeing, an excellent recreational, fitness and competitive sport for individuals with disabilities. 

Dillon Park, long known for its accessible facilities, is hosting Cape Ability Outrigger Ohana Inc., a chapter of Disabled Sports USA and Paralympic Sport Club Western New York, as the organization provides outrigger canoe activities to its members and their families, including one wounded warrior and several paddlers from Heritage Christian Services, a Western New York agency that serves over 1,800 individuals with intellectual disabilities. 

The activities begin at 10 a.m. Saturday. Display boards will be set up in the park office, and several speakers will talk about the benefits of the activity for individuals with disabilities, the competitive aspects of the sport and more. 

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