OWL event seeks sponsors

Published 12:00 am Tuesday, January 5, 2010

Outdoor activities like hunting and fishing may seem impossible for someone who is disabled. But, Kirk Thomas assures it isn’t.

That will be demonstrated Jan. 14 to 17, as about 136 disabled hunters gather in the woods for the second annual Outdoors Without Limits Ultimate Deer Adventure Hunt.

The event will be held in Pike County, though it is a national event, where Thomas, founder and CEO of OWL, said people from all over the country will attend. Each participant in the event is paired with a non-disabled guide to help them with hunting through the weekend.

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Now, OWL officials are seeking sponsors and volunteers for the event.

“Outdoors without Limits is looking for partners for support of the event,” said Pike County Chamber of Commerce President Jenniffer Barner. The chamber is assisting OWL with promotion and publicity of the event.

OWL was started as a community outreach program, where its volunteers go out into the community and help disabled people get “some sun on their backs.”

This year will be the second year the Ultimate Deer Adventure Hunt is held in Pike County and also the single largest event for disabled people in the country.

Thomas said anyone can be a sponsor the event, whether individual or business. They are also seeking volunteers who would be willing to give of their time — or talent — for the weekend.

“They can help guide hunters, cook, serve, general cleanup and even help clean up deer,” Thomas said.

Thomas said anyone interested in volunteering or sponsoring can contact him at 803-480-0167 or OWL Chapter President Terry McPherson.

Giving of time is worthwhile, but Thomas promises all volunteers will not leave the event without taking something with them.

“There are some severely disabled, but when you see they have that opportunity to get around other people with disabilities, it’s an amazing opportunity,” Thomas said. “Just the exposure of this event is nothing other than a life-changing experience.”

The event will be based at Swindalls RV Park in Troy.