Veterano de la guerra de Vietnam recibe medallas por su servicio
| Por Natalie Bobadilla | 01 de julio de 2015
Con la celebración del Día de la Independencia a solo unos días, el congresista Joaquín Castro reconoció la valentía y el patriotismo que un veterano local demostró durante sus años de servicio en el ejército de los Estados Unidos.
‘All Can Ski’ brings rare opportunity for those with disabilities
| Jose Arredondo | 24 de agosto de 2015
In 1992, Wendy Gumbert, manager for the Texas Regional Paralympic Sports, and her boss founded the All Can Ski program which is now sponsored by SeaWorld Cares and San Antonio Sports.
The only task that Gumbert and her boss faced in 1992 with their proposal to SeaWorld was the initial meeting with the SeaWorld executives. Once they allowed bring someone with a disability to prove how safe it was they knew they were going to get approved.
“Once we brought the athlete out and showed them the skiing and went with one of the skiers and actually [did it]. That part actually sold itself,” Gumbert said. “Because they saw how safe it was and how much it was similar to regular skiing.”
Safety was the biggest worry the SeaWorld executives had at the time until Gumbert’s athletes proved it was.
“They saw the joy the athletes received for such a sport,” Gumbert said. “The safety was their main concern and that didn’t seem to be a problem.
Twenty-three years later the clinic is still going strong. It consists of six sessions over the course of three days. The first five sessions are for all ages and the final session is specially made for the wounded warriors.
This year, the youngest participant was six years old and the old oldest was in their late sixties. The clinic is also the largest in the state of Texas and one largest in the United States. It includes over 140 skiers in a three-day period. Gumbert credits SeaWorld entertainment a great deal.
“[SeaWorld] involvement in this is excellent. Their skiers are the ones who make it work successfully," Gumbert said.
Their were many first timers at the event. Donna Tomlinson and her grandson Brian participated in their first ski clinic.
"It was my first time and I'm having so much fun," Brian said. "I want to come back every year."
Tomlinson had not done this in 30 years and "it actually brought back the freedom that you have when you actually get to ski with both legs," Tomlinson said. "Because I did that 30 years ago and it is such a nice feeling."
The three-day event concluded this past Thursday and continues to grow as newcomers look forward to coming back each year.
"I'm going to comeback as many times as I can," said Tomlinson.