Along with raising awareness of her America's Cup campaign we became aware of her True Youth Program for disadvantaged and "at-risk" kids around the country. The concept put forth by America True inspired us to create the EYC Foundation to further the ideas and ideals set forth by the America True mission statement as follows:
America True is entirely dedicated to providing youth with opportunity to benefit from sailing and its inherent life lessons. We believe that sailing can teach youth valuable life lessons including confidence, independence, strategic thinking, teamwork and respect for the environment. We believe that sailing can, and should be open to all regardless of gender, culture, ethnic, or economic background. We believe that many of those who could benefit most do not currently have access to the sailing experience.
Dawn Riley, the CEO of America True is one of the founding members of the EYC Foundation and continues as an advisor to our group. She is also the first American to have raced on three America's Cup teams and two Whitbread Round the World teams. For her match racing and leadership skills, she received the Rolex Yachtswoman of the Year award for 1999.
For more information, please see the America True and True Youth website (link opens in a new window).