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AmericaOne Foundation Commits $5 million to US Sailing Olympic Development Program

Published on February 4th, 2015

Portsmouth, RI (February 4, 2015) – In an effort to dramatically improve the Olympic youth development system for sailing in the United States, US Sailing and the AmericaOne Foundation have announced a historic new initiative: Project Pipeline. To give the effort the strong start it needs, the AmericaOne Foundation will support Project Pipeline with a lead gift of $5 million.

“The top winning nations in sailing share the common trait of a well-formed talent development system,” said Josh Adams, Managing Director of US Olympic Sailing. “This is critical to sustainable success in Olympic sailing. With the extraordinary commitment of $5 million from the AmericaOne Foundation, we are in a position to launch a long-term initiative that will transform the way top young sailors train in the US.”

Targeting the best American youth talent, Project Pipeline is the strategy behind a new-look Olympic Development Program, which aims to better serve young sailors, lead them into high-performance boats earlier in their development, and build well-rounded sailors with complete skill sets. Providing training/racing opportunities with world-class coaching and the highest level of technical standards are the core principles of the initiative.

“AmericaOne is determined to do what it can to help the USA return to the Olympic podium,” said Paul Cayard, US Olympian and Director of the AmericaOne Foundation. “Project Pipeline is a necessary ingredient in US Olympic Sailing and it is our hope that others will follow our lead in supporting America’s youth.”

Noting that Project Pipeline has commenced as of February 1, 2015, Adams said that the extended time frame of the program will be a key aspect of its effectiveness.

“The 10-year plan is all about creating high-quality training and racing opportunities, in high-performance boats and led by top coaches, for young US sailors with the commitment and drive to excel in the sport,” said Adams. “We are excited about the project’s imminent launch and to widely distribute more information about the program in the coming months.”

US Sailing and the AmericaOne Foundation are united in a shared goal, which is to produce a steady stream of well-prepared sailors and make the United States a consistent producer of Olympic sailing medals once again. The Project Pipeline plan features a Development Program that trains top youth talent through national training camps and campaigns focused on excellence at the world-championship level, while aligning with US Sailing’s broad-based youth development initiatives.

Upcoming announcements regarding the new-look Olympic Development Program — the schedule of training/racing, how young sailors across the US can participate, and how this program will better align with broad-based youth development in the US — will be distributed by US Sailing: www.ussailing.org/Olympics

Photo: American 2014 ISAF Youth Sailing World Championship medalists (from left): Quinn Wilson (Ojai, Calif., 29er), Haddon Hughes (Houston, Texas, Laser Radial) and Riley Gibbs (Long Beach, Calif., 29er). Photo: Yvette Eenkema.

About the AmericaOne Foundation
AmericaOne was a finalist in the challenger selection series of the 2000 America’s Cup, representing St. Francis Yacht Club. In the following years, the AmericaOne Foundation has been a passionate supporter of sailing on many levels including; Olympic Sailing, disabled sailing and underprivileged youth exposure to sailing. The US Olympic Sailing Team has been a major focus of AmericaOne’s financial grants since 2005.

About the US Sailing Team Sperry Top-Sider
The US Sailing Team Sperry Top-Sider is managed by the United States Sailing Association (US Sailing), the national governing body for the sport of sailing and sailboat racing. The top boats in each Olympic and Paralympic class are selected annually to be members of the US Sailing Team Sperry Top-Sider. US Sailing helps these elite athletes with with financial, logistical, coaching, technical, fitness, marketing and communications support. The title sponsor of the team is Sperry Top-Sider; other sponsors include Gold-Level partner Sunbrella and Silver-Level partners Harken, Team McLube and Groupe Beneteau. Yale Cordage is a team supplier. The US Sailing Center Miami is an Olympic training site. Oakcliff Sailing and Clearwater Community Sailing Center are US Sailing Team Sperry Top-Sider Training Centers. Chubb Personal Insurance sponsors US Sailing’s National Team Tour, a nationwide presentation program for US Sailing Team Sperry Top-Sider athletes. For more information, please visit www.ussailing.org/olympics

The United States Sailing Association (US Sailing), the national governing body for sailing, provides leadership, integrity, and growth for the sport in the United States. Founded in 1897 and headquartered in Portsmouth, Rhode Island, US Sailing is a 501(c) (3) non-profit organization. US Sailing offers training and education programs for instructors and race officials, supports a wide range of sailing organizations and communities, issues offshore rating certificates, and provides administration and oversight of competitive sailing across the country, including National Championships and the US Sailing Team Sperry Top-Sider. For more information, please visit www.ussailing.org

Source: Will Ricketson, Olympic Communications Manager, US Sailing

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