There's no better way to beat the summer heat than by hitting the water. That's what Sports, Arts, and Recreation of Chattanooga did this afternoon, giving some special participants a thrill of a lifetime.
The group held a water sports day, catering to those with special needs. More than 200 hundred volunteers helped kids and adults alike get out on Possum Creek in Soddy Daisy for some water sports fun. Activities included water skiing, paddle-boarding and tubing.
"I think you see the smiles on the participants faces and that's really what this is all about, just providing them with that opportunity," said Jerry Hightower, vice-president of SPARC.
"We love to do all the activities and we love to help others do it. It's just amazing and to be able to do things that most people can just jump in and go do," added Sharon Stolberg, a SPARC board member.
"It helps us to get him through tough times, and you know helps us when he might be bored or upset a little bit to talk about this, so it's always useful," added Mike Bettinger, father of one of the participants.
The event was free to everyone, but donations to SPARC are welcome. https://www.facebook.com/sparc.tn?fref=ts