WALLINGFORD - A rehabilitation center in Wallingford is giving disabled people the opportunity to use its special sports program as therapy.

Two Connecticut residents, who nearly died in separate car crashes that left them paralyzed, took to the water today for some recreational water skiing. They are two of dozens of people participating in the Sports and Recreation Program at Gaylord Hospital in Wallingford.

"Just to be able to get up and cruise and not worry about being in a wheelchair, it gives you a sense of freedom,” says Shane Mosko, of Southington.

Lesley Schwartzchild, of Westport, says she has been able to overcome some of her injuries through sports.

“So many years my life was just about the problems, the challenges,” said Schwartchild. “When you do stuff like this, nothing like that matters anymore.”

Gaylord Hospital offers many other sports programs ranging from snow skiing to archery.