Limitless Sports

By Abigail Thielke

Special needs participants from all over the Midlands, and their families, are invited to spend a day at Lake Murray enjoying waterskiing on an adaptable ski, tubing and kayaking. Special needs children, over the age of 6, adults, families and siblings are welcome. A host of volunteers will be present to ensure the success and safety of all participants. 

“The key is adaptation,” says Dr. Fred Piehl of Midlands Orthopaedics, who has developed programs using modified sports equipment that allows these children to participate in activities such as a wheelchair basketball league, sailing lessons and the organization’s annual ski clinic. 

Led by Dr. Piehl, the Pediatric Team at Midlands Orthopaedics believes that a thriving community is made of healthy, happy children. For them, healing what is physically broken is not enough. Their ultimate goal is to empower every child to reach their full potential. All children, even those with special needs, deserve the opportunity to make the impossible possible. This vision inspired Dr. Piehl to create Limitless Sports, an organization founded to give children with special needs the opportunity to participate in sports that would otherwise be denied to them. 

All of the volunteers agree that no reward compares to a thumbs-up and big smile after a great ride on the lake from a child who has just begun to see their limitless potential! 

Limitless Sports’ 14th Annual Ski Event will be held from 9 a.m. until after lunch Friday, June 19 at the Woodmen of the World located at 2000 Johnson Marina Rd. in Chapin. Lunch and ice cream will be provided. This event is funded solely by donations and organized completely by volunteers. To view photos and videos from prior years, please visit

For more information or to participate or volunteer, call Laurie Peterson at (803) 933-6118.


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