Matthew Harrigan

Heroes on the Hudson: Bringing Joy and Fitness to Veterans in NYC

  • The Arena
  • Matthew Harrigan
  • July 19, 2011, 6:39 PM

Comebacks make the most inspiring sports stories. Take former quarterback Kurt Warner, who won a Super Bowl after toiling in the Arena Football League. Or Red Sox pitcher Jon Lester, who overcame large cell lymphoma to help Boston win the 2007 World Series.

But some of the most impressive comeback stories involve disabled veterans of the U.S. Armed Forces. Take a guy like Sam Cila. Cila underwent 40 surgeries to repair injuries he sustained while serving in Baghdad, Iraq in 2005. Despite losing his left forearm and hand, Cila kept active and has competed in the last two Ironman World Championships in Hawaii.

Now a new project called Heroes on the Hudson is aiming to inspire more war veterans to stay active. 

Heroes is the first Department of Veteran Affairs Adaptive Sports Clinic to be held in Manhattan. The event is designed to teach disabled veterans like Cila how to kayak and sail in the Hudson River along Manhattan's West Side. SI Kids took to the seas (ok, maybe just the river) to talk to some of the veterans about boating next to the world-famous New York City skyline.


Heroes on the Hudson was sponsored by VA NY/NJ Prosthetics and Sensory Aids Service along with Wounded Warrior Project. 

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why didnt you say kurt warner worked at a grocery store.

IDK do you think it was a boring job

that's nice of them to do that for those veterans. i wish i was out there-- the weather looked perfect!! :D

You ain't kidding hahahahahahahaha :p

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