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Upcoming Adaptive Water Skiing Clinics

Burke has a robust adaptive sports program that encourages people of all abilities to take part in sports and exercise. Through our Therapeutic Recreation department, Burke offers several adaptive sports and fitness programs. These sports can be played by persons with a disability, including physical and intellectual disabilities.

The season kicked off in early June with the Robie Pierce Regatta. From June 2 – 5, adaptive sailing took center stage at the Larchmont Yacht Club with the Robie Pierce One-Design Regatta and Robie Pierce Women’s Invitational. The event, which Burke sponsors, is named after Robie Pierce, a disabled sailor, who was an integral part of the sport and this year marked the 8th annual regatta and the 5th annual women’s invitational.

The event had a great turnout, with sailors—some of whom were blind and others who had limited mobility due to a stroke or other neurodegenerative disease—from all over the region and the U.S. taking part. For photos from the event, visit Burke’s Facebook page.

If you're looking for some adaptive sports to become involved in this summer, sign up for our adaptive water ski clinics.

They take place in partnership with Leaps of Faith Adaptive Water Skiers and will be held from 9:00 am – 4:00 pm on the following days: 

  • Thursday, June 30
  • Monday, July 25
  •  Thursday, August 11

No experience is required and people of all ages, abilities and physical function are encouraged to take part. All skiing and safety equipment is provided. The water skiing clinics are held at LOF, 90 Housatonic Drive in Sandy Hook, CT.

To register for the Water Ski Clinics, click here, or email

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