Monday, January 18, 2021

Collier County Parks and Recreation Receives Award for Adaptive Sailing Program

2012 National Association of Counties Achievement Award

 The National Association of Counties awarded the Collier County Parks and Recreation Department a 2012 Achievement Award in recognition of the department’s effective and creative programming.

The Achievement Award is in recognition of the county’s Adaptive Sailing Program, a fully inclusive, accessible sailing program originally launched in 2006 in partnership with the Freedom Waters Foundation. The adaptive sailing program serves children, adults, and senior citizens with special needs (physical or financial), or terminal illness, by teaching them how to sail independently. The program allows those with disabilities to participate on an equal playing field with their friends and families, allowing families to recreate together in a very special way. Since the program’s inception, more than 150 sailors have gone on to compete in local and regional regattas, including Collier County’sShenanigans on the Lake at Sugden Regional Park.

The adaptive sailing program gets people out of their offices, out of their wheel-chairs, and away from their walkers for an hour or two each week to socialize, take risks, have fun, and become part of a the larger community. This award-winning program focuses on “can do,” rather than “can’t do.”

Begun in 1970, the National Association of Counties’ annual Achievement Award Program is a non-competitive awards program that recognizes innovative county government programs. Each application is judged on its own merits and not against other applications received.

For more information on Collier County’s Adaptive Sailing Program, call 239-252-4000.

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