On a flight out to Denver week before last, I had the pleasure of sitting next to the founder of Catalyst Sports based in Atlanta. We simply started chatting on the plane, and because what Eric Gray does is really so amazing, we talked nearly the entire 3.5 hour flight - mostly me asking him questions about all that he does for disabled military veterans and children.
The website and
Facebook page will have the best information, but Catalyst Sports (a 501c3 non-profit organization) adapts sports that able-bodied people enjoy into sports that disabled people can master as well - think downhill skiing, snowboard, rock climbing, hiking, water-skiing - you name it! No longer are these recreational sports off limits to those missing limbs or paralyzed. Through specially designed adaptive equipment and training, disabled athletes of all ages can enjoy mainstream sports and gain back confidence and the joy of competing and accomplishment.
Eric has trained U.S. Paralympic athletes, run camps for Wounded Warriors, as well as become an EMT, a water safety instructor, an American Mountain Guide instructor, and much more. He has worked at the VA hospital in August, Georgia and currently works at Scottish Rite helping children who are in rehabilitation.
If you're looking for a worthy cause for which to volunteer (Catalyst Sports has events throughout the year) or donate, please check out this organization.