ALL VETERANS DAY WEEKEND NOVEMBER 8-11
(TAMPA, FL November 1, 2019) Shuffle, located in Tampa Heights will honor veterans with free shuffleboard all Veterans Day weekend. Featuring four indoor shuffleboard courts, Shuffle hasbeen hosting Veterans from the James A Haley VA for their recreational therapy for over a year.
Shuffleboard is a low impact sport, that anyone can play, including those with mental and physical disabilities. Several VA inpatient groups have come to Shuffle to play including the Polytrauma Unit, Spinal Cord Injury Unit, PREP (Post-Deployment Rehabilitation and Evaluation Progam), and PTRP (Polytrauma Transitional Rehabilitation Program).
Veterans in the PTRP, a VA program that helps polytrauma injured patients prepare to return home, are the most frequent Shuffle guests. Many patients with traumatic brain injuries (TBI) are relearning how to do most everything, including shop, cook and count. Shuffleboard gives them the opportunity to play a sport while improving their math skills to add the scores. Others practice standing up from their wheelchairs or walkers to gain balance, while using their tang (cue) to send the biscuits (discs) to the other end of the court.
The owners of Shuffle, Jennifer Montgomery and Danielle O’Connor are daughters of Vietnam Veterans. O’Connor and her family have been through three wartime Army deployments and she currently also works at the VA, interviewing TBI Veterans and their family members about their rehabilitation needs. The research results get reported to Congress so improvements can be made in the services the VA provides. Both women have supported the troops in many ways over the years and would like to use Shuffle to continue to do so by donating shuffleboard to recovering Veterans.
No experience is needed to participate, employees and volunteers will be available to assist with rules and regulations. All skill levels are invited to participate. Shuffle is located at 2612 N Tampa St, Tampa, FL 33602. Please call Shuffle at (813) 450-3797 or visit www.shuffletampa.com.