Sailing Angels Foundation
This is a great organization that I am getting involved with. Please check it out at www.SailingAngels.org
Sailing Therapy for Special Needs Children
The Sailing Angels Foundation is a 501(c)(3) non-profit charitable organization, based in the Greater Houston area. As an opportunity for education and recreational therapy, we introduce the joy of sailing to special children with cognitive or physical developmental needs. The children are encouraged to work on the boat to the best of their abilities. Results of this unique ‘hydro-therapy’ can be seen on their faces, and for most, their self-esteem is enhanced. This can be a positive life-changing experience for them and their families, and those of us who serve them!
We do not charge for this service but, instead, rely upon and are most appreciative of donations.
The sailing, offered throughout the year, almost every weekday & weekend, is about two and a half hours long. The child must be accompanied by his/her parent(s) or care giver and must be willing to wear a life preserver. Basically, the first half hour is a ‘getting to know you’ time during which we discuss things about the boat as well as safety items. When we leave the dock, the child helps steer the boat as we motor out to open water.
The child also learns knot-tying, navigation and piloting of the sailboat along the way. Once the sails are raised by the child and Captain, working together, the child begins to steer the boat under sail. While at the helm steering the boat, the child is told that he/she is then the Captain (i.e. “the boss”) and, therefore, gets to wear the Captain’s hat. At the conclusion, the child is awarded a certificate as well as a large medallion on a fancy ribbon, similar to an Olympic medal, which can be draped around his/her neck.
More About Us
The foundation is providing this FREE service near Kemah, Texas. Most of our sailboats are very large: 35 – 45 feet long. Our team has provided this free service to thousands of participants and we are extremely proud to note that we have a perfect (100%) Safety Record.
Come Sail with us
To learn more about the Sailing Angels Foundation and register for a sail, please go to our website,www.SailingAngels.org. You can also check out our activities on Facebook: Sailing Angels Foundation
What Else You Can Do?
Please help us spread the word to families with special needs children. Also, if you know those who may be willing to support this unique therapeutic and educational program, please encourage them to help. We depend upon donations, and also need more boats and volunteers (experienced and otherwise). Come join us!
Sailing Angels Foundation
1714 Festival Drive, Houston, TX 77062
Phone: (281) 507-1867