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Challenged America is a charitable program designed by individuals with disabilities for others with disabilities. Dedicated to advance the rehabilitation and enhance a person’s physical and psychological well-being, Challenged America promotes and increases successful mainstream outcomes by program participants.

Challenged America is one of five programs of the charitable, 501(c)(3), Disabled B
usinesspersons Association (DBA).

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Challenged America Presentation

  1. 1. Challenged America“Leave Your Disabilities at the Dock”
  2. 2. MissionChallenged America is a therapeutic, adaptive sailingprogram of the volunteer-driven 501(c)(3) charitableDisabled Businesspersons Association (DBA) anddedicated to advancing rehabilitation, enhancing lifeexperiences, and fostering the competitive spirit ofyouth, adults and veterans with disabilities towardssuccessful mainstream outcomes. Challenged America is a therapeutic-recreational rehabilitation program of the Disabled Businesspersons Association.
  3. 3. History 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 time, they advanced into larger boats.
  4. 4. History• 1992:  Challenged America becomes a therapeutic program of the charitable, 501(c)(3) Disabled Businesspersons Association (DBA).• 1999:  Small boats (Martin 16) were added to the Challenged America therapeutic program.• 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).• 2005:  Team Challenged America competes again in the Transpac Yacht Race.• 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.• 2010:  Challenged America increased its participation and volunteers to 1,343 sailing experiences a year.
  5. 5. Free Adaptive Sailing For People With DisabilitiesChallenged America has a fleet ofeight Martin 16 sailboats adaptableto many disabilities. Controls arelaid out for easy access by the sailor.For the sailor with severely limitedhand & arm capability, a PowerAssist helm and sheet winch isavailable, operated similarly topower chair controls.Our facilities are accessible andequipped with lifts for transferringsailors from wheelchairs into theboat.
  6. 6. Martin 16 Designed for Adaptive Sailing Rigged with main and self-tacking jib, M16s are easy to tack and trim. Asymmetrical spinnakers add another level of performance. 330 lb. keel ‘bulbs’,Manual ‘Joystick’ 3.3 feet under thesteering requires a boat provideminimum of strength excellent stability,and mobility. All sail even in heavier windcontrols are brought to conditions.within easy reach.
  7. 7. All Ages, Disabilities, Experience• We serve participants of all ages.• Most disabilities can be accommodated, including: Spinal Cord Injury, Amputation, Traumatic Brain Injury, Vision Impairment or Blindness, Hearing Impairment or Deafness, PTSD, Muscular Dystrophy, Multiple Sclerosis, Cerebral Palsy, Cognitive Impairment• All experience levels (from none to advanced) are welcome.
  8. 8. Participant Spotlight “Challenged America is very important to me not just because sailing is my passion, but because what it has taught me about myself. Prior to being involved in Challenged America I thought sailing was part of my past. Something I could no longer do as a result of Muscular Dystrophy. This program has enabled me to sail again and experience feelings I hadn’t felt for a very long time- feelings like hope, empowerment, and freedom … I learned that I could leave my disabilities at the dock, sail in a seven boat regatta and win!” - Colin
  9. 9. Participant Spotlight“Sailing the boat was the biggestsurprise of my week! I have ALS (LouGehrigs disease). I seriously thought Iwould just go for a ride and maybe holda line in my weak hands, while someoneelse controlled the boat. Running thejoystick put me on a level field with myteam and I forgot about my physicalproblems. I was simply sailing andhaving the time of my life! Thank youfor the gift of your time, spirit andresources. I will be dreaming of that dayfrom here in NH. See you soon, myfriends.” – Ellen
  10. 10. Participant Spotlight “What a sense of freedom and independence! … Its a great sport for me, since I cannot speak (and its not necessary)! The only time I was slightly nervous was when we returned, under full sail, within feet of the famous race boat Stars & Stripes and“This is the Martin 16 boat that I sailed pulled up to the pierusing a joystick. Left and right for turning with a perfect hockeyport or starboard. Joystick forward and stop! Good times” –back to let sails out/trim in.” Ellen
  11. 11. Participant Spotlight Sue has been sailing with Challenged America for several years; often every week. She enjoys sailing so much that she went to Canada to compete in the 2010 Mobility Cup. Sue finished mid-fleet and had “one of the best times of her life.” Along with competing whenever possible here at Challenged America, including the two day 2012 DASH to Chula Vista, she plans to enter other competitions including the 2012 National Disabled Championships.
  12. 12. Participant Spotlight “To our new friends at Challenged America, “Thank you so much for the beautiful day on the bay! Mikey enjoyed sailing with Stan (the Man). He hasn’t stopped talking about it. As soon as we got home he Skyped Grandpa in Arizona (a Commander in the Coast Guard) and told him all about it.“It’s one thing to be out on the water sailing, but an entirelydifferent thing to be able to take some control over yourdestination. It’s a real boost of confidence.“His smile said it all!”
  13. 13. Participant Spotlight Eric Berkey: “I started sailing with Challenged America in November 2011. It was my first time back on the water since my injury on January 27, 2011. When I saw the Martin 16’s and how they are set up, I was excited to know that I would be an active participant rather than a passenger ‘along for the ride’. “The phrase ‘leave your disabilities at the dock’ could not be more true! When I’m on the water, at the helm of a sailboat, and enjoying all the sights and sounds of San Diego Bay, I forget about the wheelchair sitting on the dock. I’m always looking forward to my next sail. “To the generous volunteers and donors who make this all happen, I can’t thank you enough!”
  14. 14. Group Sailing Challenged America provides special sailing days to a number of groups and organizations, including:• Sharp Rehabilitation Center• Braille Institute• Bay Park Center for Visually Impaired Youth• Deaf Community Services• SD Therapeutic Recreation Services• San Diego Community Coaching Center• National Veterans Summer Sports Clinic
  15. 15. National Veterans Summer Sports ClinicEach September the VA brings ~120 recently disabledveterans from all over the country to San Diego toparticipate in five separate sports during the week.Challenged America, together with USA-11, has thehonor of providing the sailing venue throughout theweek at the Marriott Marquis and Marina.
  16. 16. Transpacific Yacht RaceHistory Made! In 2003, Challenged America made history by having the first significantly disabled crew of sailors to compete in the Transpacific Yacht Race.And… they did it again! Challenged America competed again in the 2005 Transpac, placing 4th in their class in this historic race from Los Angeles, California, to Honolulu, Hawaii.
  17. 17. What if your TEAM was missing … 2 legs, 1 arm, 3 eyes, 1 kidney, 1 ear, 1 lung, and Fear ?
  18. 18. Awards1992 – “Local Heroes: Challenged America” film documentary. A&ENetwork’s CityVideo Award Winner and Emmy nominee.2003 – California Community Catalyst Award.2003 – Channel 10 (KGTV-ABC) Leadership Award.2004 – National Year-Round Sailing Program of the Year Award, USSAILING Association.2005 – National Outstanding Inclusion Sailing Program, US SAILINGAssociation2006 – Gay S. Lynn Memorial Trophy, for advancing the sport ofsailing, US SAILING Association.2011- Port of San Diego won “Telly Award” for video about ChallengedAmerica and the National Veterans Summer Sports Clinic.
  19. 19. Partial List of Sponsors• FOUNDING SPONSORS ($100,000 • Point Loma Yacht Club and/or $250,000 in • California Yacht Marina Products/Services) • Chula Vista Yacht Club – Steve Rock / Fiddler’s Green • Sea Tow – Brian and Suzanne Hull • North Sails – Loch and Clare Crane Family Trust • Southern California Marine Association• Port of San Diego • Maritime Institute• Koehler Kraft • Sunroad Resort Marina• Nielsen Beaumont Marine • Point Loma Rotary• San Diego Marine Exchange • Bob Blesser Boat Repair• Point Loma Outfitting • Interlux Marine Paint
  20. 20. What can you do to help? Volunteer  Companion sailor  Boat maintenance and dock support  Office support  Fund raising and public relations Financial support  Boat or vehicle donation  Contribution or sponsorship (show your support to the community)  Tax deductible donations – DBA is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization Help advance the technology
  21. 21. Be A Companion Sailor"I find it inspirational to be involved with the purpose and folks at Challenged America,and it’s much fun as well. It is rewarding to share my love of sailing with others,especially newcomers."“When you look at the dedication that these Challenged sailors show; it puts my life in a whole new light” Challenged America is a volunteer-based program. Whether you’re a seasoned sailor or have no experience at all, we can use your help as a companion or on the dock. Our volunteers are the support system of the program from companion sailing to fundraising. Join our team of dedicated volunteers and support Challenged America.
  22. 22. 2012 ‘Wish List’ CORPORATE or INDIVIDUAL   PRODUCTS & SUPPLIESSPONSORSHIPS  Boat cleaning materials  PFDs for offshore & bay OFFSHORE RACER or RACE/CRUISER   First Aid suppliesSAILBOAT  SERVICES  Electrical / Instrument upgrades / repair EQUIPMENT  Rigging  Martin 16 Spinnaker gear (4)  Engine Maintenance (diesel & outboard)  Power Assist steering/sail-trim device  Hull Cleaning (3 @ $8,400 each)  Sail repair  Hand-held GPS  Misc rigging, line  VOLUNTEERS  Help maintain, rig, boats SAILS for…  Support events  Martin16’s (8 sets – main & jib)  Office staff  Martin 16 Spinnakers (4)
  23. 23. Donations Your Tax Deductible Donation is  Welcome Please make checks out to: Challenged America or Disabled Businesspersons Association Credit Card donations can be made with PayPal at: ChallengedAmerica.org100% of the proceeds of your donation goes directly to the DisabledBusinesspersons Association and the Challenged America program.
  24. 24. Donating Your Vessel Makes Good Financial Sense• Discover how you can save money and possibly evenMake Money by donating your sail or power boat toChallenged America.• Not all 501(c)(3) charities are the same and only a selectfew, like the DBA’s Challenged America program qualifyyou for a 100% IRS tax deduction of your vessel’s FULLappraised value.• Depending on the condition of the donated boat orvehicle, and if we use it in our program, you could get atax deduction as high as the appraised or market value ofyour boat, see IRS publication 526 on charitabledonation, under exception #1 (page 8, column 2).
  25. 25. Contact Us Challenged America is a therapeutic- recreational rehabilitation program of the Disabled Businesspersons Association955 Harbor Island Dr., Suite 130San Diego, CA 92101(619) 523-9318ahoy@challengedamerica.orgWebsite: www.ChallengedAmerica.orgFacebook:
  26. 26. Empty Chairs + Empty Slips =Challenged America is out Sailing!