SHREWSBURY, Mass. - People of all ages and abilities had a chance to water ski on Lake Quinsigamond on Friday.
The Webster Water Ski Collective hosted their second annual Any Age, Any Disability water ski event.
Dozens of kids and adults with disabilities were out on the lake with trained instructors.
The nonprofit said they depend on donations and sponsorships to host events like the one on Friday. Each adaptive ski costs about $5,000.
“This is the most rewarding thing I do in my life,” Linda Candela, president of the Webster Water Ski Collective, said. “And so it becomes kind of selfish because it brings me such joy to see the smile on the kids’ faces, that you know, it’s very rewarding.”
“To bring this event to kids that would normally not have this opportunity to be out on the water and water ski and experience the spray in their face, going behind a boat, the wind in their hair, it’s really a rewarding experience,” said Ryan DesRoches, the collective’s director of adaptive skiing.
The Webster Water Ski Collective plans to hold three more adaptive water ski events this summer, with a goal of taking 100 disabled participants out on the water. Their goal for next year is to host an event for disabled veterans.