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United Rehabilitation Services Gears Up For 11th Annual Rubber Duck Regatta

Jerry Kenney

Next Saturday, United Rehabilitation Services of Greater Dayton will hold the 11th annual Rubber Duck Regatta.  Thousands upon thousands of rubber ducks will race down the Great Miami River at Riverscape Metro Park—all for a good cause—to support Miami Valley children and adults with disabilities. On Friday, URS kicked off the event with Ducks on the Square.  It’s there that I caught up with URS Executive Director, Dennis Grant to tell us about this year’s regatta. 

United Rehabilitation Services say funds raised from the regatta provide: 

  • programs and therapies for 3,000 children & adults with disabilities annually.
  • Early Childhood Education & Daycare Programs with nurses on staff to meet the needs of medically fragile children.
  • Onsite PT, OT, and Speech Therapies for children with disabilities and the region’s only Pediatric Aquatic Therapy Program and Universal Exercise Unit “spider cage”
  • Care for a lifetime, from infancy through the senior years.
  • "100% of the money generated from ducks sales goes to our mission and stays local. Many of the national nonprofits have to send a percentage of their fundraising profits to their national office. Everything URS does stays in our community."
Jerry Kenney was introduced to WYSO by a friend and within a year of first tuning in became an avid listener and supporter. He began volunteering at the station in 1991 and began hosting Alpha Rhythms in February of 1992. Jerry joined the WYSO staff in 2007 as a host of All Things Considered and soon transitioned into hosting Morning Edition. In addition to now hosting All Things Considered, Jerry is the host and producer of WYSO Weekend, WYSO's weekly news and arts magazine. He has also produced several radio dramas for WYSO in collaboration with local theater companies. Jerry has won several Ohio AP awards as well as an award from PRINDI for his work with the WYSO news department. Jerry says that the best part of his job is being able to talk to people in the community and share their experiences with WYSO listeners.