Dozens of people traded their wheelchairs for water skis at Victory Lake Saturday as two organizations came together to help people with physical disabilities get out on the water.
"I want them to leave with their disability on a back burner," Alice Krauss, with Brooks Rehabilitation said. "And I want them to wake up tomorrow morning thinking about what they're able to do and not what they're not able to do."
Sylvia Bailey has multiple sclerosis and had never skied before finding out about this event. She said she wouldn't be skiing without their help.
"It's hard to go water skiing or surfing by yourself and when they have events like this where they have a lot of volunteers that can basically guide you and carry you and enable to you to participate, it's just wonderful," Bailey said.
This is the sixth year for the adaptive ski event and while some have been attending for years, for many others it was their first time on the water.
Six-year-old Christian Borne was able to take his first-ever boat ride. His favorite part? "The bumps," he said.
"It was good, and it was a fun ride," Christian said.
Wounded Warriors also joined in on the fun for the first time. Veteran Robert Withers was ready to share the moment with his wife and newborn daughter.
"If nothing else, just prove to myself that I'm still capable of doing everything I used to do if not more," Withers said.