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The North Face Awards Grant to BOEC

Posted November 1, 2010 by tfc-control

The North Face has awarded a $2500 grant to the Breckenridge Outdoor Education Center to help children and families explore the outdoors. The BOEC was selected from hundreds of applications because of our work in the outdoors with children with disabilities and special needs. The grant is part of the inaugural commitment of $250,000 from The North Face Explore Fund, enabling more than 100 programs that will affect an estimated 85,000 young people.

“We are pleased to be a part of this national program and to provide greater opportunities for children with special needs to be inspired by the outdoors,” said Bruce Fitch, Executive Director of the BOEC.

The BOEC was established in 1976 to expand the potential of people with disabilities and special needs through outdoor adventure and education. Since it’s founding, the BOEC has provided opportunities for individuals and families to experience and appreciate the outdoors and adventure activities. Many of these activities require adaptive equipment and instruction to enable these participants to fully enjoy and safely enjoy activities that otherwise would be closed to them. In addition, BOEC has been able to advance their mission exponentially with the support of several important partner organizations such as The Children’s Hospital of Denver, the Mountain Mentors program in Summit County and the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago. These organizations have allowed the BOEC to integrate their outdoor programs with ongoing therapy and outreach.

“Our goal is to enable more people to get outside and explore their world in ways that are meaningful to them,” said Steve Rendle, President of The North Face. “We’re very proud to launch the Explore Fund and support BOEC and the other impressive organizations that are making outdoor exploration possible, and a priority, in communities across the country.”

BOEC will launch this winter a number of skiing camps and next summer a number of camping and rafting camps that will focus on children with special needs and their families to immerse in life-changing outdoor experiences. To learn more about all of the Explore Fund grantees and to keep up on their progress visit www.planetexplore.com. 

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