Press Release – TRR Veterans playing Kayak Football at Riversport OKC

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Vanessa Buccella
Social Media Coordinator/Video Producer; 312-925-3042 (cell)

Disabled Veterans Invited to Participate in Free “Kayak Football” Event at RIVERSPORT this Saturday, May 29

Oklahoma City (May 22, 2021) – Disabled veterans are invited to join Team River Runner and RIVERSPORT to try the newest team sport in the Boathouse District, kayak football. The free event is happening Saturday, May 29, 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m., on the lower pond of RIVERSPORT’s whitewater center in the Boathouse District, 800 RIVERSPORT Drive.

Team River Runner is a national organization that provides veterans and their families an opportunity to find health, healing, community purpose, and new challenges through adaptive paddle sports.

“Our veterans love playing kayak football.  It is truly fun for everyone,” said Joe Mornini, Executive Director of Team River Runner. “The camaraderie and competitiveness speak to veterans, and anyone who loves to support our veterans has a blast watching the games. You have to see to believe just how fun it is.”

Registrants can also participate in whitewater rafting, surfing and other urban adventures during the day.  Participation is free for disabled veterans.  The event is open to family, friends, and spectators.

“RIVERSPORT is excited to work with our veterans and Team River Runner to host this great event,” said Mike Knopp, executive director of RIVERSPORT. “We’re hoping to create a Kayak Football league for disabled vets as well as corporate teams from across the city. It’s a great team sport that has lots of possibilities

RIVERSPORT will be open to the public throughout the weekend with additional special Memorial Day activities including the band Cliff Top performing live Saturday from 4:30 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. On Memorial Day Monday, RIVERSPORT is offering special $29.99 discounted pricing for military, first responders and their families. Passes can be purchased online at

Interested disabled veterans should register by emailing Joe Mornini at in advance of Saturday. The schedule for the day includes whitewater rafting, 1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.; Surf OKC , 3:30 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.; introduction to kayaking at 5:00 p.m. and Kayak Football at 6:00 p.m.


Additional information
Cliff Top is an Americana/Bluegrass Crossover string band from Coyle, Oklahoma who performs original songs.



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Vanessa Buccella

Marketing Coordinator, Social Media / Video Producer

800 RIVERSPORT Dr. | Oklahoma City, OK 73129

405-552-4040, ext 4993 | 312-925-3042 [mobile]
Visit  Follow @riversportokc

Vanessa Jones

Committe Co-Chair

Vanessa A. Jones is a dynamic force dedicated to fostering
inclusivity, encouraging discussion, and promoting a culture of
belonging in the outdoor sports community. Hailing from
Washington, DC, she brings a wealth of diverse experiences and
perspectives to her endeavors.
As a US Army veteran and ordained Chaplain with a focus on
seniors and caretakers, Vanessa is deeply committed to serving
others. Her work as a patient-caretaker advocate reflects her
passion for supporting vulnerable populations and ensuring their
voices are heard.
Currently, Vanessa is employed by a resettlement agency, where
she confronts challenges head-on with resilience and
compassion. As a single, Black woman veteran, she embraces
the unique hurdles she faces, viewing them as opportunities for
growth and empowerment.
In her downtime, she wears many hats, including that of a
missionary, spreading hope and positivity wherever she goes.
Weekends are spent paddling, immersing herself in West African
dance and finding solace and joy in nature’s embrace.
Vanessa is committed to equitable principles, ensuring that
everyone’s opinions are valued and heard. Through her
unwavering dedication and inclusive leadership, Vanessa is
paving the way for a more equitable and diverse outdoor sports