"It's really very simple," says David Minich, the Executive Director of P4T, "we go beyond Georgia, we paddle more than kayaks, and we don't always fish. What we really do is paddle for tomorrow. We introduce families to a simple, small footprint method of spending time on the water. And it can last a lifetime - tomorrow and beyond. Working with the Special Olympics kids is the highlight of the year for many of our members"
Minich credits Doug Laverty, Henry County resident and life member of P4T as the driving force behind the Henry County event. For several months Laverty has worked tirelessly to see that attendees can enjoy a fun day on the water with all of the gear needed for both kayaking and fishing, including life vests, all provided free of charge, as well as lunch from Shane's Rib Shack. "I have a passion for water, a passion for kids, and a passion for tomorrow," says Laverty. "These kids don't see obstacles, they see opportunities - and that's how P4T is as an organization."
Terry Nash, the Coordinator of Therapeutic Recreation in Henry County is a fan of P4T, "These guys just really have a passion for this sport and they've made it possible for us to host this event. They have really done everything to provide what we need to make this happen," said Nash. Nash and Laverty both have a vision for kayaking to become a Special Olympic sport in Georgia. "P4T is behind them all the way," says Minich.
Paddle4Tomorrow reaches out to soldiers and their families, to disadvantaged youth, to the physically and mentally challenged, and even has a history of getting a visually impaired baseball team out fishing and kayaking on the Chattahoochee River as part of the Columbus Georgia Midnight Express weekend. For more information on P4T or to make a contribution, visit http://www.paddle4tomorrow.org
Georgia Kayak Fishing Inc remains a popular and viable outdoor club in the souteast and is still at www.georgiakayakfishing.com It is just their charitable foundation that has opted for the name change.