For Immediate Release
March 30, 2007
Annapolis, Md. – The National Sailing Hall of Fame announced today that TEAM TSUNAMI has become a Founding Member with a contribution of $10,000. TEAM TSUNAMI has been developed to give middle and high school youth the opportunity to learn how to enjoy and handle a keel boat while racing and practicing as a team (www.team-tsunami.org).
Once they learned of the creation of the National Sailing Hall of Fame, the young people of TEAM TSUNAMI decided to raise funds to become a Founding Members. In cooperation with their parents the kids agreed to raise 20% of the Founding Membership.
“They raised 38% by doing a letter campaign to family and friends, speaking at community gatherings, and doing a coin drive in their neighborhoods. The response from all the contributors reinforced the importance of providing sailing opportunities to our youth on a local level.” TEAM TSUNAMI coach Pete Carrico said, “Both on and off the water, the young sailors of TEAM TSUNAMI are eager to set an example and inspire other young sailors, I’m very proud of them.”
The National Sailing Hall of Fame is planning both virtual inter-ative and real inter-ative exhibits that will engage young people in sailing and provide an educational tool as well.
The exhibits will involve math, science, geography and history imbedded in games, software and traditional curriculum. In addition the National Sailing Hall of Fame is working on the development of a sailing simulator for the site. Youth regattas are also part the programmatic planning as well as the display of historic boats.
“It has been our intention since the inception of the National Sailing Hall of Fame to engage and enhance the participation of young people in the sport of sailing. It is heartening to see that a group of young people in the Annapolis area have taken the leadership to help us in this effort.” said Dick Franyo, President of the National Sailing Hall of Fame Board of Directors.
Contact: Lee Tawney