Waterskiing, sailing, cycling, kayaking, fishing, archery and other sports will be on tap for Water Sports Weekend June 19-21 at The Adaptive Adventure Sports Coalition.

Waterskiing, sailing, cycling, kayaking, fishing, archery and other sports will be on tap for Water Sports Weekend June 19-21 at The Adaptive Adventure Sports Coalition.

The event will showcase all the summer sports offered by TAASC, and allow people with physical and mental disabilities a chance to try them out.

TAASC, located on nine acres of Columbus Parks and Rec land off Harriott Road in Shawnee Hills, has been around for more than two decades.

"The goal is recreational therapy," said Dave Holzer, a member of the organization's board of directors. "It gets people with disabilities off the couch and doing. With doing comes confidence ... . The options are unlimited."

About 340 volunteers help annually, Holzer said. Last year there were 1,800 participants at TAASC outings and 900 of them were at snow skiing Saturdays.

Sports such as standup paddling, scuba, rock climbing, sailing, rowing, sled hockey and archery are modified for different disabilities. The group has sit down water and snow skiing equipment and hand-peddle cycles.

"We do adventure sports that are human powered," Holzer said.

The upcoming weekend of water sports will include all summer sports and is open to the community. Veterans can participate for free. TAASC members can take part in the weekend for $25 per day and non-members for $45 a day.

"It's for Wounded Warriors, but also the general population," Holzer said. "The goal is to empower the entire family and get them out on the water."

"It gives people the opportunity to try everything out in one Saturday," said TAASC employee Madison Mattey.

Along with sports, people can camp out on the riverside property, take part in a fishing derby and listen to a band Saturday night. Meals are included in the weekend.

"People share stories," Holzer said. "There's a big sense of community."

People come from surrounding states and all over Ohio for TAASC events. The group's sole full-time employee, Mattey, comes from Athens.

"We have a branch of TAASC in Dayton," she said.

While all TAASC activities have a charge, Mattey said they never turn people away.

"We have scholarships for people who can't afford it," she said. "The cost should be the last thing that people worry about."