Members of the Garden State go-fast boating community opened their hearts—and their wallets—for veterans at the seventh annual Arcuri For SUDS Fundraiser. Photos courtesy/copyright Tim Sharkey/Sharkey Images.
Among the many joys inherent in Scuba diving is that you are—for the most part—weightless during the activity. You feel as if you’re flying, albeit in slow motion, when you’re underwater. You become Superman. Arms and legs help move you along, but you really don’t need either to enjoy the experience.
All that and more make Scuba diving an ideal adaptive sport for veterans returning from combat with lost limbs. Scuba isn’t just a joyful visit to another world. It’s a confidence-builder—the very act of drawing breath underwater takes courage and a leap of faith. And that, too, makes it an ideal activity for severely wounded veterans.
This year’s Arcuri For SUDS event raised approximately $100,000 for the nonprofit program.
Enter SUDS, an acronym for Soldiers Undertaking Disabled Scuba, a 10-year-old program for veterans