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Old 08-24-2005, 02:37 PM
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Patricia Neal IRC Partners with MasterCraft As Hosts of Watersports Action

Patricia Neal revealed she knew one of life’s secrets when she said; “A strong positive mental attitude will create more miracles than any wonder drug.” Thanks to her convictions and legacy, 20 disabled participants from Patricia Neal Innovative Recreation Cooperative (IRC), plus a large support staff of several volunteers and family members, arrived at MasterCraft’s Vonore headquarters recently to show what a positive, grab-life-by-the-skis attitude can really do. With six MasterCraft boats fueled up and ready to go, these athletes hit the water to show off their skiing and wakeboarding prowess.

After a quick the behind-the-scenes factory tour of how MasterCraft builds the world’s best ski and wakeboard boats, the group was ready to get to the action. With specially designed skis and wakeboards, the day of miracles began. A young boy by the name of Charlie decided to work on his skiing and between his swimming sessions, continually tried all day to get better. Russell Rodriguez, a seasoned wakeboarder and athlete, consistently jumped from wake to wake, grabbing 6 to 8 feet of air each time and at one point, almost landed a flip. One skier decided it was time to attempt a slalom course pass for the first time and made it around 3 buoys. And to place an exclamation point on the day, a large group loaded onto an X-Star to give wakesurfing a shot, eventually returning to the dock exhausted from a day filled with tricks, spills and smiles.

“We work hard to meet the needs of individuals who have suffered a life changing illness or injury,” says Al Kaye, Clinical Specialist and event organizer. “One of the ways we do that is to provide extraordinary recreation opportunities like water skiing or wakeboarding to show them we believe they can accomplish anything. A huge “thank you” goes to MasterCraft who stepped up with their time and resources to show they believe in these individuals as well.”
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