OJT - On The Job Training

Learn more about our mentorship program that has been providing veterans in TRR chapters an opportunity to gain leadership, instruction and management experience for three years!

What is the OJT Program?

The OJT program is for wounded or disabled veterans participating in Team River Runner and is an opportunity for professional growth and skill building in many areas. The OJT veteran will be working 10 hours each week for 30 weeks on regular Team River Runner activities. These activities will include outreach, program delivery and instruction, as well as follow up data recording for each paddling session. The idea behind the program is to build chapter leadership from within the TRR. We have been successful with this as some of our former OJT participants have started their own chapters. Additionally, the OJT veteran will develop leadership skills that will be applicable to other careers such as volunteer, equipment management and adaptive sports instruction. Each OJT veteran will have one or more mentors to provide advice and support as needed.
The OJT program is funded by Disabled Sports USA through an Adaptive Sports Grant from the Department of Veterans Administration.

2022 OJT Participants - Coming Soon

Rick Blair
American River, CA

Team River Runner

Richard Bloom
Colorado Springs, CO

Team River Runner

Shaun Eggie
Columbus, GA

Team River Runner

I chose to participate in the OJT program because I am proof of the healing powers of the kayak/river adventures live style and I want to share this opportunity with other veterans. Since joining Team River Runner I have made significant progress in learning to live with my disabilities and still be a productive member of my community. The people I have met while participating in the different events have given me the since of camaraderie that I have been missing since medically retiring from the Army in 2015. The river provides a place to put the skills I have learned for dealing with mental disorders to practice and a full body exercise in an environment that I feel is 100% judgment free. 

Judy Odette
Boise, ID

Team River Runner

Alessandra Schweers
OKC/San Marcos TX 

Team River Runner

Dejan Smaic - TRR Denver

Dejan Smaic
Denver, CO

Team River Runner

Drew Waldbauer
Ft Collins, CO

Team River Runner

I have learned so much since starting my kayaking experience. White water has taught me how to remain calm in the storm. Rivers have taught me about to go with the flow. Paddling has given me passion I want to pass this passion and knowledge onto the next generation of kayakers.

2022 OJT Mentors - Coming Soon

Lorraine Bruteig
Denver, CO

Team River Runner

Getting to be a part of the OJT program is phenomenal because I get to work with an outstanding, funny, talented, inspiring, and hard working vet, Dejan. Dejan is really taking the program and running with it. He’s inspiring others to join TRR and share their talents too. This is what TRR and the OJT program is about – helping our vets heal, gain friends, and achieve success. I love it! It’s a privilege to serve.

Debbie Dean
OKC/San Marcos TX

Team River Runner

I saw the OJT program as a win win. Why not lead a fellow vet to a position to build the program even stronger? It’s a great tool to instill self confidence, leadership and social skills to someone who has the hunger to take on the program and is willing to do the work giving back to our community. My hope is that the Team River Runner OJT program continues each year and will produce folks ready to start up or increase a current chapters membership and get folks fired up to be part of an awesome team!

Marc Dervaes
Colorado Springs, CO

Team River Runner

Chris Farris
American River

Team River Runner

I never imagined I would be a chapter Coordinator now mentor in the OJT program to Rick Blair Of the

American River Chapter.
I went through the OJT myself.
It gave me the confidence to take over and build a chapter.
Team River Runner builds 
Character and confidence in so many ways.

Melissa Hargrove
Columbus, GA

Team River Runner

Mark McWilliams
Fort Collins, CO

Team River Runner

I am interested in OJT because of the amazing internal growth potential it brings to the Fort Collins Chapter.  Drew is a stud!

Tim Reusser
Boise, ID

Team River Runner

I had the privilege of being selected for the OJT program last year. And now  to be able to assist with Judy’s journey through the program is 
another honor in helping our chapter keep moving  forward. 

Deborah Reyes
SE Regional Coord

Team River Runner

The OJT program is a great opportunity to mentor Veterans into future TRR Leaders

Lance Sharp
OJT Program Coordinator

fredericksburgva@teamriverrunner.org

229.507.8787

Testimonials

Jeff Allen
Former OJT Participant

“The OJT program allowed me to get more experience working with veterans who have injuries and it has made my life a lot better because I am not just stuck in the house. I really enjoyed it and I’m pretty much hooked.”

Dave Robey
TRR Program Director

“These warfighters are our force multipliers, each of them turns around and helps other veterans. It’s a part of the ongoing healing process; they are healing and the veterans they help are also healing.”