TRR Fredericksburg

Team River Runner believes that every wounded and disabled veteran deserves the opportunity to embrace new challenges, invoke leadership, and promote camaraderie. Team River Runner provides an outlet to fulfill these beliefs – inviting wounded and disabled veterans and their families to participate in our adaptive paddling programs. Founded in 2004 at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center, we now offer weekly paddling sessions in 50 locations in over 30 states across the nation. Team River Runner is more than an adaptive sports program it’s a program that provides hope and healing to those who have given so much, by never forgetting their sacrifice! It’s an opportunity to enjoy nature and realize its social, physical, and emotional benefits, whether it’s tackling whitewater rapids or paddling on peaceful flat-water. It’s an environment that facilitates connection, allowing veterans to reunite with their families and forge new relationships with those who have endured similar situations in their community. Our veterans are on the river to recovery, and we invite anyone who is interested in helping us provide this great opportunity to the men and women who have given so much for our freedom to come out and see what it’s all about. We are a non-profit organization meaning we do not charge to join our group or to participate in any of our events or outings. However, we are self sustaining (needing to replace equipment,etc) and continually growing, so if you know of anyone who would like to become a chapter sponsor, make a donation, or provide an in-kind service they are always appreciated. Thank you for your time and interest in the program, and we encourage you to join us and experience the thrill of health and healing through water sports! For more information please give send us an email using the form below.


Massad Family YMCA,  212 Butler Rd. Falmouth, VA 22405

If you or you know of a veteran that might be interested in volunteering and/or participating with TRR North Texas, TX, please contact the chapter coordinator below and get involved!

Chapter Coordinator(s):

Joe Jones

Judy Thompson



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