Great Peo­ple Help­ing Phys­i­cally Chal­lenged Sports­men

Serve Daily - - FRONT PAGE - By Ed Helmick for Serve Daily

you amaz­ing wish Frank both Then in Serve a sto­ries high arms list there Sny­der, Daily things school for was shot of a hand­i­capped has an the long that a foot­ball buf­falo avid young re­cently have time. hunter game man been in For peo­ple shared De­cem­ber. par­a­lyzed that ex­am­ple, who on do­ing went their with lost on hunt­ing Chair­bound a hunt events and Sports­man shot were a or­ga­nized ram Or­ga­ni­za­tion sheep. by These and the in mem­bers 2017 they with held 481 72 vol­un­teers. events in­volv­ing Now it 164 is time to share with you the back­ground story and the man lead­ing that amaz­ing or­ga­ni­za­tion.

Ken­neth Vaughn, liv­ing in the north­west en­joyed hunt­ing and fish­ing with his fam­ily. His grand­son, who he adopted, shot his first mule deer at age 12. At 14 he was par­a­lyzed in a 4-wheeler ac­ci­dent. Ken­neth re­tired as an en­gi­neer at the Boe­ing Com­pany and later re­tired from the FAA as man­u­fac­tur­ing in­spec­tor, moved to Springville 14 years ago. Ken­neth be­gan look­ing for ways to take his wheelchair-bound grand­son hunt­ing. He dis­cov­ered the Chair­bound Hun­ters of Wy­oming and did sev­eral hunts with them. In 2010 Ken­neth was granted per­mis­sion to es­tab­lish the Utah Chap­ter of Chair­bound hun­ters. Dur­ing the next four years, many hunts for wheelchair-bound para­plegics and quadriplegics were con­ducted for deer, elk, pheas­ant, turkey and for pig.

In 2014 the Utah Chap­ter of Chair2 bound Hun­ters of Wy­oming was closed. A new non-profit or­ga­ni­za­tion was es­tab­lished named Chair­bound Sports­man Or­ga­ni­za­tion. The mis­sion is to help wheelchair-bound and disabled peo­ple whether their phys­i­cal is­sues are mil­i­tary ser­vice re­lated or civil­ian med­i­cal is­sues. How­ever, you do not have to be wheelchair-bound; you just have to have phys­i­cal lim­i­ta­tion. The motto of the Chair­bound Sports­man is “Mak­ing the Out­doors Pos­si­ble.” Ken­neth Vaughn is the founder and driv­ing force be­hind all of the ac­tiv­i­ties that are con­stantly be­ing sched­uled. At age 78 he is a bun­dle of fo­cused en­ergy talk­ing about the lim­ited ac­cess on for­est ser­vice trails, a pon­toon boat

with wheelchair ac­cess, and how to im­prove hand­i­cap ac­ces­si­bil­ity for Utah’s many bod­ies of fish­ing wa­ter. He is also busy plan­ning an up­com­ing lunch to rec­og­nize ap­pre­ci­a­tion for a grant from Ca­bela’s and the hard work of Fred Bar­ber to in­crease hand­i­capped ac­cess at the Long Neck­ers Duck Club in Fayette, Utah. On a re­cent pheas­ant hunt that in­volved about 20 mem­bers and vol­un­teers, Bryan Hatch, who has been in a wheelchair for twenty years com­mented that he has never seen any­one more com­mit­ted to help­ing the hand­i­capped sports­man than Ken­neth Vaughn. Ken­neth is quick to credit the or­ga­ni­za­tion's suc­cess in serv­ing more mem­bers each year to the many won­der­ful vol­un­teers.

Mem­ber­ship in the Chair­bound Sports­man is free to any­one with a phys­i­cal chal­lenge. Mem­bers and vol­un­teers help or­ga­nize and sup­port ac­tiv­i­ties, plan ac­tiv­i­ties and help with fundrais­ing. This adds an­other level of sat­is­fac­tion. The an­nual fundrais­ing ban­quet is sched­uled for Sat­ur­day evening April 7 at the Provo Mar­riot. Visit their web­site www.chair­bound­sports­ and the Chair­bound Sports­man Face­book page.

The Chair­bound Sports­man are look­ing for mem­bers, vol­un­teers, com­pany spon­sors and do­na­tions.

Photo: Ed Helmick

Par­tic­i­pants in the Chair­bound Sports­man Jan­uary 6 pheas­ant hunt, in­clud­ing founder Ken­neth Vaughn kneel­ing on the far left.

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