Join us for S5:EP9 of the Sports Philanthropy Podcast as Joe Mornini, Founder and Executive Director of Team River Runner sits down with our host Roy Kessel to share how adventure and adaptive paddle sports can provide veterans and their families to find health, healing, community purpose, and new challenges!
Joe has been involved with sports since he was very young and while growing up in the Washington DC area found a love for outdoor adventure and specifically kayaking due to the beautiful white water that the Washington DC area is home to. As he progressed through life, he found kayaking to be beneficial to him as well as the opportunities that the sport can give others who have been through a life-altering experience. From educational disadvantages in youth, to helping veterans with disabilities, Joe has used his love for kayaking and other paddle sports to provide those with the love of sport to continue their life through the sport. Joe lives in the Washington DC area with his family.
Team River Runner (TRR) is a nationally recognized non-profit organization to provide all veterans and their families an opportunity to find health, healing, community purpose, and new challenges through adventure and adaptive paddle sports. Their goal and vision is to create a network of national chapters that creates innovative paddling programs designed to offer all service members and their communities enriching experiences. Whether looking for adventure, healing, or purpose, TRR seeks to be an inclusive lifestyle program for all!
HIGHLIGHTS OF JOE’S PODCAST
- 00:00 Introduction
- 00:30 Joe’s Interest In Sports
- 02:55 Work Background
- 05:45 Programs before Team River Runner
- 08:50 Team River Runner Overview
- 19:40 Team River Runner and How to Start a Chapter
- 31:25 Funding and Support for Team River Runner
- 34:45 More Information on Team River Runner
- 36:30 Parting Words