Thank you to our Donors
We are so grateful to the following individuals and companies for their generous support of our campaign to create the CSS@P.
The CSS@P Board is appreciative to announce that we have now raised a total of $84,200 towards our $100,000 Sailing into the Future campaign! Even more important than the money raised are the lives changed in the first three years of the school!! Here are founders Sally Lucke-Elkes and Jim Huemann, celebrating the generosity of our sponsors, donors and volunteers who made CSS@P possible!!! Thank you from the Board of Directors of CSS@P!!!!
How can I support the Campaign???
As a 501c3 organization all donations to the CSS@P are tax deductible. They can go toward the General Fund which allows the organization's board of directors to allocate where and how the funds will be spent or you can specify how and what your contribution will be allocated.
How will your support impact our community?
Many communities thrive in the Chain O’Lakes area and residents looking for outdoor activities can find an abundance of them in this waterway area. Sailing is a well recognized sport and leisure activity sought out by local community members living in Northern Illinois. Sailing is an activity that can appeal to people of all ages and can benefit the whole community but is something that is best learned from a qualified organization. That is where Community Sailing School @ Pistakee comes in. We are the only US Sailing certified school in the Chain of Lakes region and our aim is to provide our thriving waterway a safe, fun and economical way to learn how to sail properly.
Sailing is a great youth activity for many reasons. Learning the skill of sailing at a young age can really foster a sense of independence in children. Sailing involves many concepts that improve self esteem and self confidence including: exploring nature, water safety, following directions, sportsmanship, teamwork, and leadership. As children grow and become more competent in skippering their boat, their newly acquired skills give them a sense of success and confidence.
More advanced sailing students have the option of competitive racing and develop a working sense of the physics behind the sport. Racing students learn how to maximize their boat speed through the adjustment and fine tuning of their sails and develop awareness of changes in the conditions that allow them to pass their competition. High school and collegiate sailing is rapidly growing. Like other youth sports High school and collegiate sailing programs develop athletes and future leaders. Because sailboat racing is a self governing sport, without on the water umpires or referees sailing students not only learn lessons related to the water but they also learn important lessons for life.
Sailing is a sport that can be enjoyed at any age by people of various physical abilities. In a larger boat it can be a relaxing recreation. Watching the sun set while on the water after a hard day of work can be very therapeutic. In a smaller more athletic boat on a windy day, your muscles will know that you were working after a short time on the water. Even those with physical disabilities are able to sail and enjoy the sport.
Community Sailing School @ Pistakee endeavors to bring sailing to members of all of the Chain O’Lakes communities.