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SENATOR SHELDON WHITEHOUSE TO SAIL AT COMMUNITY BOATING WITH YOUTH IN “CITY SAIL-OFF”, US SAILING OUTREACH REGATTA

The Community Boating Center (CBC) has announced that Senator Sheldon Whitehouse will sail with CBC youth sailors for the US Sailing “City Sail-Off” Regatta on 8/26 from 2 - 3 pm.

The Community Boating Center (CBC) has partnered with US Sailing, the national governing body of sailing, to create a pilot program with the goal of serving as a national model for inner-city outreach initiatives.

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Funded by a grant from the John B. and Nelly Llanos Kilroy Foundation, the program will foucs on quality programming specific to the challenges of engaging inner-city youth in the sport of sailing. Quality standards adapted from the Providence After-School Alliance (PASA) will be matched with US Sailing instructional materials and best practices to help ensure consistent, high quality programming. Local youth from the Fox Point Boys and Girls Club and the Washington Park Community Center will meet twice per week each, four days per week total, for four weeks from 8/2 - 8/26. The culmination of the program will include a “City Sail-Off” regatta for bragging rights as “Top-Dawg” sailors of Providence, RI, capital of the Ocean State.

John O’Flaherty, Executive Director of CBC, commented “We’re truly honored to have Senator Whitehouse sail at CBC and serve as an inspirational national leader for our Ocean State youth. We’re also thrilled to serve as a basis for a national model to ensure that community sailing programs nationwide have access to high-quality programming standards for all deserving youth sailors.”

For more than 20 years, Sheldon Whitehouse has served the people of Rhode Island: championing health care reform, standing up for our environment, helping solve fiscal crises, and investigating public corruption. Now, his experience as a seasoned prosecutor and policymaker is at work for Rhode Island in the U.S. Senate, where he is bringing new leadership to Congress and working to set our country on a different course. Learn more: http://whitehouse.senate.gov

The United States Sailing Association (US SAILING) is the national governing body for sailing. Founded in 1897 and headquartered in Portsmouth, Rhode Island, the organization provides leadership, promotes integrity, and fosters growth for the sport of sailing in the United States. US SAILING offers training and education programs for instructors and race officials, supports a wide range of sailing organizations and communities, issues offshore rating certificates, and provides administration and oversight of competitive sailing across the country, including National Championships and the U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Sailing Teams. For more information, please visit www.ussailing.org.

Community Boating Center (CBC) is a non-profit, 501c3 recreational organization offering all members of the community an opportunity to sail. Located in India Point Park, CBC provides outreach, sailing lessons and affordable access to the Providence waterfront. Gifts of cash or property to CBC may be treated as charitable donations for Federal Tax purposes.

For additional information contact:

John O'Flaherty
Executive Director
Community Boating Center
info@communityboating.com
tel: 401.454.SAIL (7245)