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Team Paradise Awarded Florida Panthers Community Champions Grant!

Team Paradise was recently honored with a sizeable check during the Florida Panthers hockey game at the BB&T Center. The Florida Panthers Community Champions Grant is dedicated to our Veterans Adaptive Sailing Program, and our core group of Veterans showed up for the celebration.  The high point of the evening was when our video was shown on the giant video scoreboard, high above center ice.  It was an unforgettable moment and we are honored and forever grateful for being able to carry our mission forward!
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Sailing for Veterans with Disabilities

Our Veterans Adaptive Sailing Program is a perfect match to our mission, which is "Dedicated to changing lives by inspiring and empowering the disabled community to experience outdoor recreational, educational and therapeutic healing activities through the sport of sailing."   

Our program is designed to include activities to progress participants up a pyramid of development.  It is the choice of the participant as to how far they would like to move up the level of development.  

Team Paradise became a member of the Paralympic Sports Club network in 2012 and was awarded the Olympic Opportunity Fund from the Veterans Administration that same year.  

Team Paradise is a "quality over quantity" program. We took 1,892 people sailing during the past two years and 289 of them were Veterans!

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Daniel Evans

Daniel Evans

Born and raised in Maryland, Daniel injured his spinal cord in the military in 2000.  He had some sailing experience but wanted to learn more about racing and desired to develop as an athlete. He visited Team Paradise in November of 2010 and moved to Miami in 2011.  Daniel had instant success!  He quickly established himself on the US Sailing Team and in 2014 became the US Disabled Sailing Champion in the Paralympic 2.4mR class and began competing internationally. Daniel began sailing the Sonar, the three-person Paralympic keelboat, for a better chance to represent his country in the 2016 Paralympic Games.  His team eventually finished second in the trials to the team that went on to win the Paralympic silver medal!