DREAM Adaptive was founded in 1985 by a group of passionate Flathead residents who wanted to make outdoor activities more accessible to those with disabilities. (MTN News photo)
Everyone wants to have fun on the water in these temperatures. But for a special group of children and adults with disabilities, the summer DREAM Adaptive water sports program is also about personal accomplishment.
Jessie and Angie Wathan of Whitefish have been participating with their daughter Josie for two years.
“It's hard to get her off the water ski once she's out there and going," Angie said. "Without this program, it would be really difficult to have the different equipment that's accommodating for the different needs," Jessie added.
From sit water skiing to tubing, they say the activities on Echo Lake help Josie build confidence and accomplish things she may have never thought possible.
DREAM Adaptive was founded in 1985 by a group of passionate Flathead residents who wanted to make outdoor activities more accessible to those with disabilities. Then in 2009, the group created a summer water sports program.
"At DREAM Adaptive we try to provide the outdoor recreation that all of us enjoy in the Flathead for everyone. So, it's really outdoor recreation for all, for all disabled from developmental to physical. We have special veteran’s programs,” DREAM Executive Director Emily Bertino said.
A $10,000 grant from the Weyerhaeuser Giving Fund helped fund the non-profit’s Summer Water Sports Program.