Newport Exhibition Group said Sail To Prevail is its official charitable partner for the 47th annual Newport International Boat Show.
Newport Exhibition Group owns and produces the show, which will take place Sept. 14-17 this year on the Newport waterfront along America’s Cup Avenue.
“We are delighted to welcome Sail To Prevail to the Newport International Boat Show as our charitable partner for 2017,” Newport Exhibition Group show director Nancy Piffard said in a statement.
“The members of the Sail To Prevail team are remarkable individuals that use the sport of sailing to truly change the lives of their participants. This partnership gives us an amazing opportunity to support a wonderful organization and help to promote its mission.”
Sail To Prevail creates opportunities for children and adults with disabilities to overcome adversity through therapeutic sailing. The organization has served more than 19,000 people with disabilities across the country during more than 30 years of service. Its primary locations are in Nantucket and Cambridge, Mass., and Newport.
In the Newport branch each summer, about 1,000 people with disabilities learn the skills of sailing in a fleet of uniquely adapted, 20-foot sailboats. The programs offered strongly encourage people with disabilities to be active participants by steering the boat and trimming sails.
The measurable outcomes of these programs include increased self-confidence in all parts of the participants’ daily lives, the camaraderie of teamwork and improved leadership skills.
“We are honored to partner with the Newport International Boat Show,” Sail To Prevail CEO Paul Callahan said. “Our programs rely on concerned individuals that understand the extraordinary benefits of sailing and the impact that a passion for sailing can have on people’s lives. Being designated as the show’s charitable partner will not only help us spread our message, but also will ultimately help the children, adults and veterans that draw strength from our programs to lead powerful and successful lives.”