NBP Paddling Veterans Team Support opportunity

New NBP Veterans all-ages paddling team gratefully accepts donations for training, race fees, equipment for races across Florida in 2021 and 2022.

The Nathan Benderson Park Veterans paddler team is on the move and growing! We train together as a team and enjoy the friendships from a positive shared experience on the water.

Many of our veterans are combat veterans from Vietnam, Desert Storm, Iraqi Freedom, and Afghanistan. The camaraderie these soldiers share is soothing in many ways. Being together on the water gives a calmness. The national average for veteran suicides is 22 per day. We hope that bringing these veterans together will help relieve some of the stresses acquired while in service to this great nation.

Your generosity will help cover training, festival fees, and equipment costs for the NBP Veterans. We hope to do 6 to 8 dragon-boat festivals within Florida each year.  

Each festival race fee generally runs from $800 to $1250. With an estimated yearly cost for paddling fees and for festival fees, these run around $15,840, excluding equipment, travel, lodging, and food for a full team of 26 members. With your help, we can ease the financial burden for those warriors who gave of themselves for the cause of freedom.

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