By Michelle Hollenhead

More than anything else, Jason Crabtree really wants to help people.The owner of Three Rivers Paddlesports (also known as Paddleboard Knoxville) sees himself as much more than a businessman – he is a teacher, encourager, and a motivator to help people learn to help themselves.

“It is not about me,” he said in a recent interview. “The paddleboard business is just a platform to get people to realize the importance of physical and mental health.Crabtree is quite an expert on both.

The 1997 Roane County High School graduate suffered a broken neck when hit by a drunk driver in 2000.

A long, painful recovery and a 100-pound weight gain showed him the interconnection between physical and mental wellness and brought him to paddleboarding.

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