Virginia Beach program gives disabled chance to surf

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VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (WAVY) – The Virginia Beach Parks and Recreation Department is giving mentally and physically disabled residents a chance to surf.

Recreation supervisor Kathy Williams says the Surf N' Fun program, which is run through the department's therapeutic program, gives those, who may not have the opportunity to surf, free lessons.

"Not only do we get to be outside and enjoy our natural environment and oceanfront, but we get to see our participants experience something for the first time," said Williams.

According to the Center for Disease Control, 53 million American adults live with a disability.

Nearly 11 percent have mental disabilities.

Williams said the program gives those living with disabilities like autism an opportunity they normally don't get.

"It gives me goosebumps," Williams said about seeing first time surfers.

Another Surf N' Fun program will be held on August 6.

Find out more about other therapeutic programs offered by the city by visiting vbgov.com.