|| Treasure Island Sailing Center Receives US Sailing Jim Kilroy Outstanding Outreach and Inclusion Award
St. Francis Sailing Foundation recognized as primary supporter of TISC’s signature programs
At the 2017 US Sailing National Symposium in Austin, Texas, US Sailing awarded the Jim Kilroy Outstanding Outreach and Inclusion Award to Treasure Island Sailing Center (TISC) for creating public access to sailing for thousands of San Francisco Bay Area individuals. Behind much of that access was the St. Francis Sailing Foundation, which provided meaningful grants to several of TISC’s signature programs.
“The St. Francis Sailing Foundation is proud to have played a significant role in bringing thousands of Bay Area schoolchildren to the San Francisco Bay as primary supporter of the Set Sail Learn program,” said Bill Kreysler, Foundation president. Set Sail Learn is a one-day exploration trip for San Francisco fourth graders that incorporates sailing into a hands-on STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering & Math) curriculum, fostering learning and a love for San Francisco Bay. “There is no more creative way to teach science, technology, engineering and math than through the life-changing experience of being on the water,” said Kreysler.
The Foundation was also the primary support of EAST, the high school racing team for Oakland’s Envision Academy, in partnership with OCSC Sailing School. Anthony Sandberg, founder of OCSC Sailing said, “Bringing sailing to inner city youth is one of my proudest accomplishments. There is a great future for sailing if we make it accessible and inclusive.”
In thanking the Foundation and accepting the award from US Sailing, Carisa Harris Adamson, Chair of the TISC Board of Directors, said, “Most of our participants would never have had the opportunity to touch the Bay, much less learn about its history, wind patterns, currents, or ecosystem if TISC had not reached out to them. Through our programs, we have been able to help people explore the water and bloom into nature advocates and caretakers of the San Francisco Bay.”
US Sailing has awarded the Outreach and Inclusion Award for several years. In 2016, it was renamed in honor of StFYC member John B. “Jim” Kilroy, Sr. While the late Mr. Kilroy had much success—a prominent California real estate developer and a champion yachtsman—he most cherished sharing the sport he loved with youth who may not otherwise have been able to sail. He lived by his mother’s philosophy, “If successful, you carry others with you for the benefit of mankind.”