Discover Boating: Blue Mind

"Being on a boat is one of the best ways to access the wellness benefits of the water."

– Dr. Wallace J. Nichols

It has recently been scientifically proven that boating and being near water brings therapeutic healing powers to those affected by PTSD and other emotional and mental ailments. Athletes for Children provides access to boating and water activities to those suffering including children and their caregivers.

Boating and Therapy

Lake Lanier (officially Lake Sidney Lanier) is a reservoir in the northern portion of the U.S. state of Georgia. It was created by the completion of Buford Dam on the Chattahoochee River in 1956, and is also fed by the waters of the Chestatee River. The lake encompasses 38,000 acres (150 km2) or 59 square miles (150 km2) of water, and 692 miles (1,114 km) of shoreline at normal level, a "full pool" of 1,071 feet (326 m) above mean sea level. Named for American poet Sidney Lanier, it was built and is operated by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers for flood control and water supplies. It is patrolled by the Georgia Department of Natural Resources (GDNR), as well as local law enforcement.

Lake Lanier

With our Therapy Center being built on Lake Lanier, we have a large number of access points to the lake, providing multiple offers of water activities to children and their caregivers.