Team River Runner is the LARGEST adaptive and therapeutic paddling program across the nation for veterans, active duty and their families.  Focused on our mission statement TRR has developed and implemented creative, healing and empowering programs for Veterans as they recover from complex issues due to their service to our nation, pioneering the design and construction of adaptive paddling equipment to empower veterans with motor disabilities as well as innovative methods for teaching and guiding the visually impaired.   All programming is free of charge for veterans and service members.

Open Applications for 2024 TRR National clinics are in development – they will be posted in January 2024.  For more information on a specific clinic, email the POC listed by the clinic.   

Our Programs

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