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Outdoors Enthusiasts Thankful to Have a Sporting Chance

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If you live in North Dakota, there are lots of opportunities to fish and hunt.

For nearly two decades now, one organization is allowing people of all abilities to try a hand at the outdoor sports.

This is the Sporting Chance meet and greet.

Sporting Chance was founded in 1995 to allow people of all abilities the chance to fish, hunt, water ski and snow ski.

Sunday, participants, volunteers and supporters of Sporting Chance gather together for some fun, and to reflect on what the group has given them.

Paul Meyer was born with spina bifida and says if it wasn't for Sporting Chance, he may never have gotten into bow hunting or ice fishing.

"We're just all about getting disabled people who might not have the opportunity on their own, or maybe couldn't afford it to get out and do some fishing, or just go on the boat rides, go out and experience these things if you have the opportunity, you might like it, you never know." says Paul Meyer, Sporting Chance participant.

"My dad took me hunting and fishing even when I couldn't walk..." says Steve Piper, founder.

Steve Piper says he got hooked on hunting because of trips with his dad.

Steve has cerebral palsy and says his dad used to actually carry him out in the field together.

He dreamt up the idea of Sporting Chance based on a poem he had written, and Steve says he wants to continue inspiring others through the opportunities they provide.

"The smile on their face when they come off the field or in the water, that smile is enough to warm anybody's heart." says Steve Piper, founder.

Volunteers keep the organization going.

A piece of equipment was also donated, and transformed into a wheelchair accessible vehicle for hunting.

Their next event will be a hunting excursion in October.

For more information, or if you would like to volunteer or donate, you can visit www.sporting-chance.com

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