Show your Volunteer Spirit: Hit the lake for the 20th annual Eskimo Escapades


Matthew Porterfield is quite the sport.

"I have done scuba diving, tower climbing, rock climbing, snow skiing, golf, but prefer wheelchair racing and wake boarding, he says."

Edee Vaughan is quite active as well, "Mainly water skiing, snow skiing and hand cycling."

Nothing holds either of them back.

Edee was born with a birth defect called Spina Bifida and walks differently.

Matthew is paralyzed, chest down from a dirt bike accident in 1998.

He says, "It's more of an attitude thing. You take it one day at a time and you realize you can do more stuff, so you go on and do it."

That attitude comes from the Patricia Neal Center's IRC, Innovative Recreation Cooperative.
Founded by Al Kaye.

He says, "Our concept is, we try to teach individuals new set skills so they can go on and get back to normal life patterns."

IRC hosts events like snow skiing and water skiing, as in the Eskimo Escapades.

It also provides adaptive equipment like Matthew's $5,000 racing chair, and Edee's gear: her bike and skis.

The IRC started in 1994, and for about 20 years now, it has helped around 7,000 people get back to an active lifestyle.

Eskimo Escapades not only benefits the Patricia Neal IRC, but also
The Dream Connection and the Adventure Amputee Camp.

So, if you want to ski, tube wake board Saturday, January 18,2014, or just watch "those" brave souls, grab the link and register!

They have all the equipment and even wet suits if you want to participate, it's a $35 donation.

Matthew will be there wake boarding! He is also an organizer of this event.


Join the Conversation!

To comment, the following rules must be followed:

  • No Obscenity, Profanity, Vulgarity, Racism or Violent Descriptions
  • No Negative Community Comparisons
  • No Fighting, Name-calling, or Personal Attacks
  • Multiple Accounts are Not Allowed
  • Stay on Story Topic

Comments may be monitored for inappropriate content, but the station is under no legal obligation to do so.
If you believe a comment violates the above rules, please use the Flagging Tool to alert a Moderator.
Flagging does not guarantee removal.

Multiple violations may result in account suspension.
Decisions to suspend or unsuspend accounts are made by Station Moderators.
Links require admin approval before posting.
Questions may be sent to webmaster@wvlt-tv.com. Please provide detailed information.

powered by Disqus

WVLT VOLUNTEER TV

6450 Papermill Drive Knoxville, TN 37919 Phone - (865) 450-8888; Fax - (865) 450-8869
Gray Television, Inc. - Copyright © 2014 WVLT-TV Inc. - Designed by Gray Digital Media - Powered by Clickability 238613161 - local8now.com/a?a=238613161