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Shepherd Center Announces Recreation Therapy Events for 2014

ATLANTA – Shepherd Center’s Recreation Therapy program encourages all former patients and their families to participate in one or all of the upcoming events for 2014. 

Several hunting and camping events are scheduled for winter to early spring. Those trips include a deer hunt and cabin camping experience at Mossy Dell Plantation in Leesburg, Ga., a community hog hunt in Englewood, Tenn., a turkey hunt and camping trip in Monticello, Ga., and a rock quarry camping trip in Gainesville, Ga.

The annual Adventure Skills Workshop (ASW) is set for May 16 to 18 at Lake Martin in Jackson’s Gap, Ala. The event includes adaptive waterskiing, scuba diving, fishing, canoeing, kayaking, four-wheeling, swimming, target shooting and wall climbing. ASW is held at Camp ASCCA, a wheelchair-accessible facility. The cost is $200 per person and includes meals, lodging and instruction.

This year’s Wheelchair Division of Atlanta’s Peachtree Road Race will be held on July 4. It showcases more than 100 wheelchair athletes and is one of the most competitive 10k wheelchair races in the country. A qualifying time is required to participate.

In June and again in August, Recreation Therapy will take a group to Panama City Beach, Fla., for a saltwater fishing trip. The annual SCUBA diving trip to the Caribbean will be held in September. Details about the trip are still pending.

All events require pre-registration. More information can be found at, or by contacting Recreation Therapy manager Kelly Edens at or 404-350-7793.

About Shepherd Center

Shepherd Center, located in Atlanta, Georgia, is a private, not-for-profit hospital specializing in medical treatment, research and rehabilitation for people with spinal cord injury, brain injury, multiple sclerosis, spine and chronic pain, and other neurological conditions. Founded in 1975, Shepherd Center is ranked by U.S. News & World Report among the top 10 rehabilitation hospitals in the nation. In its more than four decades, Shepherd Center has grown from a six-bed rehabilitation unit to a world-renowned, 152-bed hospital that treats more than 740 inpatients, nearly 280 day program patients and more than 7,100 outpatients each year in more than 46,000 visits.