West Marine hands out youth boating grants

West Marine is giving $1,500 to 29 youth boating organizations in the company’s first allocation of BlueFuture Fund grants.
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Marine retailer West Marine is giving $1,500 to 29 youth boating organizations in the company’s first allocation of BlueFuture Fund grants.

Hundreds of organizations were nominated. The winning non-profit organizations include Kama‘aina Kids, which offers kayaking and other water sports to youth in Kailua, Hawaii; The Sea Scouts of Galveston, Texas; the Challenge the Wind youth sailing program in Detroit; and Kids Can Fish Too!, which teaches fishing basics to children ages 5-12 in Port Orange, Fla.

“We’re very excited to support such an assortment of outstanding youth boating organizations,” West Marine senior vice president of marketing Deb Radcliff said in a statement. “It’s terrific to see all of the great work they are doing introducing a love of boating, fishing and water sports across the country.”

Another recipient is the Alameda Community Sailing Center, which is on the east shore of San Francisco Bay. The sailing center is finishing its third year of youth sailing camps.

“We are delighted to receive this grant from West Marine's BlueFuture Fund,” sailing center board president Kame Richards said. “This summer we have put 140 kids out on the water for a total of 9,800 hours of wear and tear on our JY Trainers and CFJs, not including the hours added to our safety boat fleet. This money will be split between scholarships for our deserving youth and maintenance of our fleet. It has come at an exceptionally good time for us.”

The full list of winning organizations is available at westmarine.com/BlueFuture/Youth-Boating.

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