From the Executive Director

Dear Courageous Supporter,

Nothing tells the Courageous story better than a walk down the pier in the summer–witnessing firsthand the faces and voices of the kids getting on the water for the first time, taking their first turn at the helm, touching their first starfish, hoisting a spinnaker, or preparing to set off for an overnight camping trip to a harbor island. But hearing directly from kids who grew up in the program and went on to become instructors comes very close. 

Kelsey began sailing at Courageous when she was 8; Evan, when he was 13. Both have been with us every summer since: they graduated from our two-year Instructor-in-Training program and have grown into exceptional instructors and role models. This fall Evan started his freshman year at UMass Amherst, and Kelsey started her sophomore year at UMass Dartmouth, where she competes on the sailing team.


Courageous made a difference in the lives of Kelsey and Evan, and they in turn have made a difference in the lives of so many other Courageous kids. They embody what Courageous is all about, and it is with such pleasure that I share their stories.

This year, thanks to supporters like you, we provided more hours of sailing, environmental education and growth opportunities than ever before. I hope you will consider renewing your support and helping us continue to provide opportunities for kids like Kelsey and Evan for many years to come.

With gratitude,

Dave DiLorenzo


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