The Challenged America program introduces sailing as a therapeutic and rehabilitative enhancing activity to individuals with disabilities, their loved ones, and professionals in healthcare and rehabilitation.
Challenged America “ Leave Your Disabilities at the Dock”
Mission <ul><li>Challenged America is dedicated to enhancing the life of children and adults with disabilities, through innovative sailing programs designed to advance their rehabilitation, increase participation and performance in a successful mainstream outcome. </li></ul>Challenged America is a therapeutic-recreational rehabilitation program of the Disabled Businesspersons Association.
Free Adaptive Sailing For People With Disabilities Challenged America has a fleet of eight Martin 16 sailboats adaptable to many disabilities. ‘Joystick’ steering requires minimum strength and mobility. Controls are brought to the skipper. For the sailor with extremely low mobility, a power assisted helm is available, operated similarly to power chair controls. Our facilities are 100% accessible and are equipped with lifts for sailors transferring from wheelchairs.
Participants <ul><li>“ Sailing the boat was the biggest surprise of my week! I have ALS (Lou Gehrig's disease). I seriously thought I would just go for a ride and maybe hold a line in my weak hands, while someone else controlled the boat. Running the joystick put me on a level field with my team and I forgot about my physical problems. I was simply sailing and having the time of my life! Thank you for the gift of your time, spirit and resources. I will be dreaming of that day from here in NH. See you soon, my friends.” – Ellen </li></ul>“ This is the Martin 16 boat that I sailed using a joystick. Left and right for turning port or starboard. Joystick forward and back to let sails out/trim in.”
Participant Spotlight Judy sailed for the first time in early 2010 with Challenged America, and Sue in 2009. Since then, both have been sailing with C.A. every week. They enjoy sailing so much that they took it to the next level and went to Canada to compete in the 2010 Mobility Cup. Judy and Sue finished mid-fleet and had “one of the best times of their lives” and they are planning to enter the next
Group Sailing San Diego Adaptive Sports Foundation <ul><li>City of San Diego Therapeutic Recreation </li></ul><ul><li>National Veterans Summer Sports Clinic </li></ul><ul><li>San Diego Community Coaching Center </li></ul><ul><li>National Veterans Summer Sports Clinic </li></ul><ul><li>Community Sailing Day for the Blind </li></ul><ul><li>San Diego Adaptive Sports Foundation </li></ul><ul><li>Sharp Rehabilitation Center </li></ul><ul><li>Sharp Rehabilitation Therapist Training </li></ul><ul><li>Braille Institute </li></ul><ul><li>Bay Park Center for Visually Impaired Youth </li></ul><ul><li>Deaf Community Services </li></ul><ul><li>School of Creative & Performing Media Arts for Physically Disabled </li></ul><ul><li>Sun Valley Adaptive Sports, Higher Ground Program for Disabled Veterans </li></ul>School of Creative & Performing Media Arts For the Physically Disabled Challenged America provides special sailing days to groups and organizations, including:
National Veterans Summer Sports Clinic On September 28, 2008 the Veteran’s Administration launched the first National Veterans Summer Sports Clinic here in San Diego. Recently disabled veterans come from all over the country to participate in five separate events during one week. Every September Challenged America has the honor of providing the sailing venue throughout the week at the Marriott Hotel and Marina.
Be A Companion Sailor Challenged America is a volunteer-based program. Whether you’re a seasoned sailor or have no experience at all, C.A. can teach you how to sail the Martin 16. Join our team of dedicated volunteers and support Challenged America! Our volunteers are the support system of the program from companion sailing to fundraising.
History & Accomplishments <ul><li>Challenged America was founded in 1978 by two disabled veterans when they could not find a sailing program to accommodate their disabilities. They purchased a 20 foot boat, modified it and invited other disabled and able-bodied people to sail with them. Over the years, the program has been through many stages and achieved many accomplishments, including: </li></ul><ul><li>1991: The first goal of Challenged America was established: To race in the Transpac Yacht Race, from Los Angeles to Honolulu, Hawaii. </li></ul><ul><li>1992: Challenged America becomes a therapeutic program under the charitable, 501(c)(3) Disabled Businesspersons Association (DBA). </li></ul><ul><li>1999: Small boats (the Martin 16 sailboat) were added to the Challenged America therapeutic program. </li></ul><ul><li>2003: Goal reached…Challenged America sailors with disabilities raced B’Quest, a donated Tripp 40, in the Transpac Yacht Race to Hawaii (2,225 nautical miles across the Pacific Ocean). </li></ul><ul><li>2005: Team Challenged America competes, once again, in the Transpac Yacht Race. </li></ul><ul><li>2008: Department of Veterans Affairs’ holds the first National Summer Sports Clinic for recently injured veterans in San Diego. Challenged America provides the sailing venue. </li></ul><ul><li>2009: Challenged America expands its fleet of (all donated) small and large vessels, and opens a new office location, alongside its boat slips, on Shelter Island, San Diego. </li></ul><ul><li>2009: Challenged America hosts the first annual West Marine Challenged America Regatta. </li></ul><ul><li>2009: Challenged America provides the sailing venue for the 2 nd Annual National Veterans Summer Sports Clinic and receives contract for the next five years. </li></ul><ul><li>2010: Challenged America has increased its participation and volunteers to 1,343 sailing experiences a year. </li></ul>
100% of the proceeds of your donation goes directly to the Disabled Businesspersons Association and its programs, providing free services to enhance and educate in the rehabilitation and quality-of-life of people with disabilities. “ Challenged America" is a therapeutic-recreational rehabilitation program of the Disabled Businesspersons Association CONTACT US TODAY! Sailing Office 2240 Shelter Island Drive #108 San Diego, CA 92106 (619) 523-9318 [email_address] Your Tax Deductible Donation is Welcome Please Make Checks Out To: Challenged America Or Disabled Businesspersons Association Credit Card Donations can be made on our Website with PayPal at: http://challengedamerica.org/donate.html Challenged America