Health and well being are critical ingredients for living a productive life, especially for those recovering from drug and alcohol addiction. Accordingly, health and well being are important components of Westport House’s transitional sober living program, designed specifically for the young men living in our three Phase I & II facilities in Westport, CT.
“We are especially proud of our Westport House Warrior team activities and the successes they have achieved in flag football and basketball,” says Al Samaras, Executive Director. Residents also participate in individual physical fitness programs.
Flag Football Team Makes Playoffs in Inaugural Season
In its very first campaign, the Westport Warrior flag football team zoomed through the fall season with a 7-1 record and advanced to the league playoffs as the number four seed. The playoffs brought a much tougher level of competition, and the team experienced a heartbreaking, one-touchdown loss in the semifinals.
Talented receiver and cornerback Jay L. says, “It was a very gratifying season – especially since it was our first – and we had some fantastic regular season wins. Losing in the playoff semifinals hurt, but the sense of community and team building felt great. It was a real opportunity for all of us to bond as teammates in recovery.”
R.K., team manager and a versatile defensive lineman/tight end, contributed mightily to the successes of the season. He says, “Playing on the team is an excellent stress reliever. I get a feeling of freedom and peace when I’m participating. It gives all of us a lot of enjoyment and generates tremendous camaraderie.” R.K.also notes, “The spring flag football season starts soon, and we’re really looking forward to improving on our fall record.”
Westport House Fields Its First League Basketball Team
This winter, Westport House is participating in a six-team basketball league; the twenty-game season is currently underway. “The league is very competitive, and the Warrior team is coming together well,” according to point guard Alex C. “We have some excellent talent, and we see great things ahead for us as the season progresses.”
Numerous Fitness and Recreation Programs Offered
“Along with the Westport House team activities, we also offer individual physical fitness and recreation programs for our residents,” added Samaras. All residents participate in those activities, which include:
- Gym memberships
- Mixed martial arts and boxing
- Kayaking and paddle boarding
- Skiing and snowboarding
- Rock climbing
- Yoga and meditation classes
- Deep sea fishing
- Sailing instruction
- Swimming and diving
Westport House resident Alex S. is an accomplished diver, who qualified tor the Eastern Nationals earlier in his career. He volunteers at an area YMCA, instructing young people in the sport. Alex says, “It’s so rewarding to see a student overcome the initial fear of learning a new dive, and after considerable practice, finally nailing it. I really enjoy teaching diving and I plan to continue doing it for a long time.”
Additional Teams and Activities Planned for the Future
Samaras says, “The residents of Westport House have been so enthusiastic about the football and basketball teams that plans are underway to develop teams in other sports, like softball, volleyball and bowling. We will also continue to explore additional individual activities that make sense for our residents.”
“When residents move on from Westport House, we want them to be not only clean and sober, but also physically and mentally fit. With those attributes, plus the other life skills they learn here, I am confident that they can live very productive lives.”