Heroes on the Water Events



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Ladies this event is just for you. Our very own Dr. Shelby and Maria along with the RGV Chapter will be hosting this special event.

Our annual Heroes on the Water Women’s Retreat is back again! We invite you for a weekend of comradery, relaxation, and most importantly fishing. The retreat will be held April 5-7, 2024, in Port Isabel/SPI, Texas. We will start the weekend with a group meal after everyone has arrived Friday evening. Saturday, we’ll start the day early to fish until lunch time. In the afternoon, we will take time to rest, reflect, and refresh before going into dinner. Sunday we’ll enjoy another early morning fishing before our last meal together and returning home.

In addition to the usual activities, there is an opportunity for you to participate in HOW’s latest venture, research. We ask that you consider participating in our research project to share your experiences as a female veteran participating in Heroes on the Water. We would like to explore the impact kayak fishing and HOW events have had in your life. This research study will focus specifically on changes in stress management, self-efficacy, and relationships. Participants will be asked to complete a survey at the beginning and end of the retreat, engage in a focus group, and share comments through journaling and/or photos explaining their experience. Participation in this research project is completely voluntary.

Participants will not receive monetary compensation for their time, but this research will help us identify important information about female veteran’s experiences and outdoor recreation. If you are interested in participating in this research project, please contact Shelby Sharpe at sj1174@txstate.edu.

Thank you for your constant support. We are excited to bring back this retreat and enjoy a weekend fishing and paddling with you!

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