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August 10, 2015

Craig Grad Paints Hobie Day Design with His Mouth

Craig Hospital marked the 36th year of its largest patient outing "Hobie Day," a special event that involves more than 300 staff and volunteers, on Friday, August 7, 2015.

Hobie Day—the largest inpatient outing of its kind in the country—is a fun-filled opportunity for patients and graduates to participate in applied therapy, using functional skills. The day includes Hobie Cat (small sailboats) and powerboat rides, BBQ, and music. Recent Craig graduate James Murtha designed this year’s Hobie Day t-shirt by painting with his mouth. He started using this technique after he sustained a spinal cord injury.

James Murtha Paints Design for Hobie Day

Recent Craig graduate James Murtha designed this year’s Hobie Day t-shirt by painting with his mouth. He started using this technique after he sustained a spinal cord injury.

Approximately 50 Craig Hospital patients from all over the U.S. with paralysis and brain injury will participate in the outing as part of Craig Hospital's therapeutic recreation program. Patients and families will sail or ride in boats, navigate the beach, learn the necessity of taking care of themselves in extended periods of exposure to heat and sun and enjoy BBQ. Accompanied by nurses, therapists and many other departments, patients will test their rehabilitation and self-care skills in real world conditions.

Trained Craig staff carefully help patients transfer safely in the Hobie Cats. Patients typically sail for 45 minutes.

​Hobie Day History

Craig's Hobie Day started in 1980 when Craig therapeutic recreation therapist Jan Brabant, who was a sailor and Fleet #61 member, did some "pilot runs", and convinced his fellow skippers that this annual event would be a great way to expose Craig patients to "what is possible."

​Denver Hobie Fleet #61

Craig Hospital's Hobie Day is made possible by the generosity of the Denver Hobie Fleet #61. Hobie captains volunteer their boats and expertise and raise money for the food and other costs necessary for the event.

​About Therapeutic Recreation

For more than four decades, Craig Hospital's Therapeutic Recreation Program has helped set the standard for rehabilitation recreation programs in the U.S. Therapeutic Recreation at Craig Hospital helps patients rediscover their leisure-time activities, an integral part of the rehabilitation process. The Therapeutic Recreation Program at Craig Hospital promotes overall fitness and well being, with the goal of improving, maintaining or restoring physical strength, cognition, and mobility for someone with a nervous system injury through recreational activity. The program offers a number of activities for inpatients and outpatients, including water sports, horticulture therapy, hunting, fishing, skiing, hand cycling, pottery, cooking, wheelchair bowling, and golf.

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