Why I do………..
So people ask why I do what we do…. I get this question all the time. So many people just do not understand. I get the usual response… so you work full time and do not get paid for any of this HERO stuff… oh wait, you don't get paid for this, well then do you have a job? What do you mean that no one gets paid for this, well why do you do it? So wait, everyone is a volunteer for your organization… including you as a founder? They just don’t get it.
I love getting these responses. It is so gratifying for me. You see I operate, exist and live my life on a different vibrational level than most. I have been “awake” for most of my life…. Unplugged from the Matrix if you will. I am not motivated like the rest of the population. For me, it's not about money, power or “societal success”. My motivation comes from a very different place. I am motivated by passion. Passion for life. Passion for understanding. Passion for education. Passion for learning. Passion for greatness. Most of all passion for teaching humanity the values of sacrifice, love and evolution through my sports of passion. I strive to be the best version of myself through helping those around me be the best version of themselves. I have learned over the years that when I chase my sports of passion, I vibrate at a higher level…. I become the best version of me. This is when I can embody my passion and motivate others to find their passion…. Their mojo.
When you push the limits of your life, you finally break the chains that enslave you. I encourage others to push their limits and love when I find people to help me do the same. All our lives we have been taught to take the safe road, to stay within the rules, to only do what you're capable of…to quote Dave Mathews: why you different, why you that way, if you don't get in line we’ll lock you away. WELL i’m different and I AM the way I wanna be. Yes its against the grain and yes I challenge the norm of how business is supposed to be conducted. BUT as of yet, I haven't been locked away. We are all different and amazing. We can all accomplish great things with the support of those around us. I say we finally break those chains that have kept us where we are and evolve as humans and achieve our full potential. Greatness is in each and every one of us. Find your light and shine on you crazy diamond…. For a diamond in the rough is who I look for because your potential is unlimited.
I just got back from an amazing business trip and vacation with our HERO Board of Directors and supporters. I went into this trip craving connection, inspiration and synchronicity to validate my path. It came together at the last minute with our crew. It was a mix of people, some who have met and some who have not. But that was the way it was supposed to be. I could not have planned it this way, for it was devine intervention…. God or your version of him/her. What transpired over the week was more than I could have ever anticipated… but I have to say I’ve been expecting it my whole life. We went from a group of friends and acquaintances to a solid crew of warriors for greatness. I straightened some bonds, facilitated relationships and met some other warriors of change to add to the team. I always knew I was destined for greatness. I always knew I was here to lead people to find their mission….. Our mission.
I believe in God. I believe in energy. I believe in synchronicity. I believe in destiny. It is not about the things we are taught are important from society. It is about the things we know to be important in our souls. For me it’s about the smile on someone's face. It’s about doing something that is selfless. It’s about giving yourself without expecting something in return…. For it’s when I live like this I meet the most amazing people and live the most blessed life. I have all that I need in the people that I love. They say money can’t buy happiness and that is true. See, you can not buy people, experiences and relationships…. That is the soul food that we all need to feel human. When you live out loud and withthout boundaries and limitations, it is then you begin to find the meaning of life. It is by going against the grain that you find what you are looking for. It is by pushing your limits and stepping out of your comfort zone..and helping others do the same….that you find the fountain of youth.
Come join our crew. Find your passion. Be bigger than yourself. Create the change in our world that you want to see. Empower others to find their true self. Find your soul and purpose.
BECOME A HERO.
Trees draw in water, nutrients, and oxygen from thousands of tiny roots in the soil. Damage to even the smallest of these structures can affect the health of the tree itself. A river system works in much the same way. Rivers don’t start in just one place, but rather arise from a network of small streams and wetlands that gradually join together as they flow downstream.
Small headwater streams and wetlands provide the greatest connections between land and water, trapping and storing nutrients, providing critical habitat, storing floodwaters, and filtering out pollutants. Scientific studies repeatedly demonstrate that the health of downstream lakes, rivers, and estuaries are tied to the health of small streams and wetlands upstream.
Small Streams And Wetlands Aren’t Consistently Protected Under The Clean Water Act The science is clear that what’s upstream affects downstream waters. Unfortunately, the current state of the policy is less so. Despite nearly thirty years of comprehensive protection under the Clean Water Act, two Supreme Court decisions in 2001 and 2006 put protections for small streams and wetlands into question.
In Solid Waste Agency of Northern Cook County (SWANCC) v. Army Corps of Engineers, the Supreme Court in a 5-4 opinion ruled that the use of seasonal interstate ponds, or so-called “isolated” ponds, by migratory birds was not enough to protect those waters under the Clean Water Act.
Five years later, the Supreme Court in Rapanos v. United States was unable to reach a majority opinion on the question of whether wetlands that were near to tributaries of traditionally navigable waters were protected under the Clean Water Act. Four justices in the plurality opinion would protect only “relatively permanent waters,” excluding waters that flow seasonally or after rainfall, that are connected to traditionally navigable waters and only protect wetlands with a “continuous surface connection” to other protected waters.
We all live downstream. That's why we need to protect even the small waterways.Click To TweetJustice Kennedy’s concurring opinion held that some wetlands would require demonstration of a “significant nexus” to traditionally navigable waters through a case-by case basis to be protected under the Clean Water Act.
In effect, these two cases created significant uncertainty about what types of waters were actually protected under the law. Agency guidance documents designed to help field staff apply these rulings made it substantially more difficult to include certain types of waters under the Clean Water Act. Guidance released in 2003 following the SWANCC decision effectively removed protections for non-navigable, intrastate, and so-called “isolated” waters such as vernal pools and playa lakes. Guidance following the Rapanos decision added to this uncertainty which effectively removed protections for streams that flow seasonally or after rain, requires resource-intensive case-by-case analyses, and essentially stripped tributaries of categorical protection.
The end result? Significant confusion, delayed implementation, and declining enforcement of the Clean Water Act. In other words, the uncertainty surrounding the scope of the Act leaves small streams and wetlands vulnerable to pollution. For example, when crude oil was discharged into the seasonally flowing Edwards Creek near Talco, TX, the EPA did not pursue enforcement of this spill because it was too complicated to prove that the creek was covered under the Clean Water Act. More than half of the County’s residents get their drinking water supplies from these types of seasonally flowing creeks.
Before The Clean Water ActIn 1969 Ohio’s Cuyahoga River was so fouled by industrial pollution that the river caught on fire.
Public outcry over dirty rivers spurred Congress to pass the landmark Clean Water Act in 1972. The historic law was designed to protect all of our waters – from the smallest streams to the mightiest rivers – from pollution and destruction.
Thanks to the Clean Water Act, billions of pounds of pollution have been kept out of our rivers and the number of waters that meet clean water goals nationwide has doubled – with direct benefits for drinking water, public health, recreation, and wildlife. The Act represented a huge step forward by requiring states to set clean water standards to protect uses such as swimming, fishing, and drinking, and for the regulation of pollution discharges.
And yet – even after the 40th anniversary of this important law, many of our rivers remain polluted by urban and agricultural runoff and sewer overflows, and almost half of our streams are in poor health.
Questions About the Clean Water ActIsn’t There Less Pollution Going Into Our Rivers Now Than Ever Before?The Clean Water Act has been successful at reducing pollution that enters our rivers and lakes from ‘point sources.’ These are single, identifiable sources of pollution like wastewater treatment plants and factories.
However, ‘nonpoint source’ pollution is still a significant problem for clean water. This type of pollution occurs when rainwater or snow melt flows over the landscape and picks up pollutants from farmlands and city streets before entering rivers.
Polluted runoff is a significant source of pollution for many of our rivers, lakes, and streams across the country.
Don’t we need to relax clean water safeguards to spur economic growth?
Dirty, polluted water creates no economic value for communities or business owners. Healthy rivers enhance the economic value of homes, businesses, and communities through which they flow.
Every year, 40 million anglers spend $45 billion to fish in rivers, lakes, and streams across the country. Expenditures for hunting and fishing have a ripple effect on the economy: a 2006 estimate of the economic impacts of waterfowl hunting (ducks and geese) indicated that total annual expenditures of $900 million result in a total economic activity of over $2.3 billion.
America’s manufacturers also require clean, safe, and ample water supplies. The manufacturing sector uses about 9 trillion gallons of freshwater each year. Clean water and economic growth do not have to be disparate goals.
Shouldn’t States Take More Responsibility For Their Own Clean Water?Before the Clean Water Act, the Cuyahoga River caught on fire. If you fell into the Potomac River, called ‘a national disgrace’ by President Johnson, you would have needed to get a tetanus shot.
Relying solely on the states to address water pollution, viewed largely as a state and local problem, wasn’t working.
The 1972 Clean Water Act is based on the principle that all discharges into waters of the United States are illegal without a specific permit and set a broad vision to restore the physical, chemical, and biological integrity of our waters. The Act created federal backstops to ensure that these goals will be met and maintained the state’s responsibility for implementation of the law.
The Clean Water Act created a shared balance of responsibility for clean water between the states and the federal government.
American Kayaking Association acquires their 501(c)(3) non-profit certification from the IRS, allowing them to be able to accept tax deductible donation and other community support.
Columbus, OH (1888PressRelease) November 14, 2016 - The American Kayaking Association (AKA) is proud to announce its formal recognition as a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization per the Internal Revenue Service. This new status empowers the AKA to expand its mission as we build heathier lives and strengthen our local communities.
This past summer, The American Kayaking Association was invited to participate in numerous charitable events such as Kayak for A Cure and the Nationwide Children's Hospital Great Columbus Duck Race & Run, fundraisers aimed at treating, curing and preventing childhood diseases. Working in conjunction with these charitable entities, raising both funds and awareness, it quickly became apparent to the AKA the vast need as well as the role our organization can play to better serve the members of our community thus compelling us to become a non-profit.
Additionally, the AKA, with the help of many wonderful volunteers, has acted as water safety patrol for local events such as The Asian Dragon Boat Festival and the Columbus Arts & Crafts Festival. Aside from our charitable affiliations, one of our most prestigious honors was given when asked to act as patrol for the amazing men and women of the Ironman Triathlon Competition.
Without a doubt, the AKA is dedicated to helping individuals in need and to increase education and awareness in order to better serve our local communities. With that said, it remains the American Kayaking Association's primary focus to provide the most current and relevant information regarding the sport of kayaking. As stated by Sami Spiezio, AKA's spokesperson and president, "However, nothing compares to the opportunities the AKA has had to work with the Adaptive Adventures in our community. Leading us to our next goal of providing easy accessible watercraft management systems."
The American Kayaking Association was founded 2009 in order to better serve their communities by providing more accessible waterway and conservation workshops geared toward each unique environment, consequently creating awareness, stewardship, and economic growth within the community.
RIVERSPORT Adventures is your passport to the most exciting outdoor adventures in Oklahoma City. RIVERSPORT Adventure Parks are location downtown in the Boathouse District and at Lake Overholser on the west side of the city.
NEW for 2016 in the Boathouse District – RIVERSPORT Rapids whitewater rafting and kayaking center! The $45 million center opens May 7-8, but you can buy your pass now. We’re also adding three new high-speed slides you won’t want to miss!
You’ll find the SandRidge Sky Zip across the Oklahoma River, the SandRidge Sky Trail adventure course and Sky Slides, the Rumble Drop 80-foot free fall, and the Youth Zone – plus kayaking, stand up paddle boarding, climbing walls, an extreme water slide, cycling and more.
NEW for 2016 at Lake Overholser – new adventures including a double zip line, climbing wall, extreme swing and stunt jump. You’ll also find two newly renovated boathouses and on-the-water activities including kayaking, dragon boating, pedal boats and stand up paddle boarding.
Purchase passes online [buy a pass] or when you arrive for your adventure. Need help deciding which pass is right for you? Contact us online for personal assistance.
RIVERSPORT Adventure passes help fund youth outreach programs as well as athlete development and training at the OKC Boathouse Foundation’s National High Performance Center, a U.S. Olympic & Paralympic Training Site for both rowing and canoe/kayak. Thank you for supporting our athletes!