Beyond the Game update: Adaptive watersports event doubles attendance

Wake the World Arkansas (courtesy Bridgette Eason).JPG

The Arkansas chapter of an adaptive water sports non-profit doubled attendance at its second annual event.

KATV profiled the first event in this August, 2017 "Beyond the Game" story.

Native Arkansans James and Bridgette Eason brought the non-profit, Wake the World, to Arkansas. In 2002, James was sitting in his Little Rock apartment when he heard a knock at the door. The next thing he heard was a gunshot, according to a 2002 KATV Crimestoppers story. The bullets hit his vertebrae, leaving him paralyzed from the chest down.

His passion for power sports did not leave him, however. He eventually wanted to wake-board again.

He stumbled across an organization called "Wake the World," which provides water sports opportunities to those handicapped. On a whim, 11 years after that home invasion, Bridgette drove James to an event at the 501(c)(3) non-profit's home base in North Carolina.

James was able to get back on the water, and for the first time since 2002, he got up on a wake-board again.

"Amazing," he told KATV.

Now, they help others do the same in Arkansas. The organization also helps abandoned, abused and neglected children.

"Wake the World" will hold more than 50 events in 28 states and Canada in 2018. Countless volunteers from across Arkansas, Louisiana and Texas are to thank.

You can learn more about "Wake the World" here.

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