Operation Rebound - (CAF) Challenged Athletes Foundation
Operation Rebound provides unparalleled sports opportunities and support to our troops and veterans of any branch of service and first responders who have served honorably and have suffered permanent physical injuries. Grants are awarded for event travel, lodging, entry fees, training and equipment.
In the Summer of 2009, Keith conquered Mt. Elbrus, summiting Europe’s highest peak in July of that year. CAF Operation Rebound provided Keith with the cold weather and survival equipment that he required to reach the top of the highest mountain on the European continent.
“After being injured I thought I would have to take it easy but life keeps throwing me adventures anyways! Thanks CAF for helping me stay involved!”-Keith Deutsch
International Paralympic Comittee - Keith Deutsch (USA) - Snowboarding
Dive Pirates Foundation
Sergeant Keith Deutsch sustained an injury in the US Army during Operation Iraqi Freedom. However, that never slowed him down. In addition to scuba, he also snowboards near his home of Denver. The Go Be Divers in Denver trained him. He joined the class of 2010.
The Dive Pirates Foundation is dedicated to bringing scuba diving to persons with mobility disabilities. What began in 2003 as a social club for divers is now a non-profit foundation that teaches, equips and takes disabled people on life changing scuba diving adventures.
While the program is open to all medically qualified physically disabled people, Dive Pirates focuses on disabled military, law enforcement and first responder veterans who have sustained injuries in the line of duty. Some of these men and women have lost a part of their youth in combat; we aim to help restore a sense of adventure, community and hope for these wounded warriors.
Team River Runner - Adaptive Kayaking
"Kayaking is not something that you can do alone. I like to compare the sport of white water boating to actual combat. In both situations, we rely heavily on those around us. In the Army, your squad is your family. Similarly, on the river one might lose their mind and succumb to the raw power of the river. At this point, it is necessary for someone to save your life…hopefully a competent someone. Just like on the battle field. In both situations there is zero room for error. The equipment is expensive to lose and lives are impossible to replace. Together we will serve the mission of Team River Runner – Promoting Health and Healing through white water boating."
- Keith Deutsch - TRR Member and Certified Kayak Instructor
Team River Runner believes that every wounded and disabled veteran deserves the opportunity to embrace new challenges, invoke leadership, and promote camaraderie. Team River Runner provides an outlet to fulfill these beliefs – inviting wounded and disabled war veterans and their families to participate in adaptive paddling programs.
Team River Runner (TRR) is more than an adaptive sports program; it is an opportunity for veterans, their family members, and everyone in the community to participate It’s an opportunity to enjoy nature and realize its social, physical, and emotional benefits, whether it’s tackling whitewater rapids or paddling on peaceful flat-water. It’s an environment that facilitates connection, allowing veterans to reunite with their families and forge relationships with those who have endured similar pain. TRR creates purpose and community service. Our veterans are on the river to recovery.