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TPWD News Release — Aug. 24, 2007

1st Alamo Extravaganza “Celebration of Choices” Sept. 15 in San Antonio

SAN ANTONIO — Turning Point, San Antonio Parks and Recreation Department, Texas Parks and Wildlife Department, Texas Wildlife Association and other partners will host the 1st Alamo Extravaganza “Celebration of Choices” Sep. 15 in San Antonio, providing a setting for people with disabilities to experience fishing, climbing, shooting, kayaking and many other outdoor activities.

The event takes place 9 a.m.-4 p.m., Sat., Sept. 15 at Woodlawn Lake, 1103 Cincinnati Street.

Activities will include Archery, Scuba, Bowling, Handcycles, Bass Fishing, Climbing Wall, Kayaking, Catfish Tank, Sailing, Air Rifles, Fly Fishing, Fencing, Laser Shot, Remote Control Cars, Golf, Casting, Disc Golf, Academy Camping Area, Rugby Demo, Tennis, Horseback Riding, Petting Zoo and Face Painting.

The City of San Antonio Parks and Recreation Department is hosting the event. Texas Parks and Wildlife Department is arranging archery activities, air rifles, fly fishing, catfish stocking and other assistance. The Texas Wildlife Association is also a major event sponsor.

Event visitors have a chance to win thousands of dollars in outdoor equipment. For every activity visitors participate in, they will receive a ticket for a drawing to give away prizes.

Turning Point was founded in 1979 by Michael “Shorty” Powers. After an injury at age 17 left Shorty without the use of his legs he began looking for opportunities to become involved in the outdoor recreational activities that he had always loved. He found no organized activities that were available to people who had major mobility impairments. Not willing to give up his love of fishing, kayaking, scuba diving and hunting, Shorty established Turning Point to assure that outdoor activities were readily available to people with many types of physical challenges.

Turning Point is a 501(c) 3 nonprofit organization designed to teach people with mobility impairments the skills necessary to fully enjoy the outdoors, and to provide free or low cost activities. Turning Point provides the encouragement and support needed for people who have major physical challenges in life to fully participate in the adventure of living.


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