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Local Non-Profit Group Lets Kids Experience Sport of Sailing

A local non-profit group is giving back by helping kids get on a boat and experience sailing, using the Sparks Marina.

"The main thing is just to get kids out in the water, regardless of abilities or adaptation," said Greg Cook, President of Sierra Nevada Community Sailing. "We will have the kids come sailing."

Kids of all ages came out, and it's all done in a safe environment at the marina.

"One of the safest venues that I have ever found," Cook said. "And, because there's whole entire sidewalks around the marina, you can see all the visible parts."

Once everyone was suited up with life jackets, they got to go out on the water. Brian Mena had a great experience, especially since it was his first time.

"I had a lot of fun because you get to get on a boat," he said.

"It was fun seeing him in the water," said Juan Diaz, Brian's uncle. "It's his first time out on a sailboat. When he was younger, he was afraid of the water. So, it was a big step for him to get out there and enjoy the sailboat."

Sierra Nevada Community Sailing is volunteering their time to put on this weekly event going on every Thursday night at the Sparks Marina docks from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. They just want the kids to experience a sport they are passionate about.

"I started sailing with my dad when I was 8-years old," Cook said. "Then, pretty soon, he said, 'okay, it's your turn to take out the boat,' and that was a great moment because now you are fully responsible for your own boat. That's one of the greatest feelings. It gives you freedom."

And, Cook says sailing teaches the kids about an important lesson in responsibility.

"They have the ability of not only setting up their boats, but working with their crew, making decisions, a whole series of decisions as they learn boat-handling, and we move them into sailboat racing."

They're also offering kids a chance to go to summer class for free.

They're offering two scholarships to kids aged 10-13-years old that go toward a two-week beginner's sailing class. To enter, they need to submit two short essays (two paragraphs each). The first is from them on why they want to sail. The second is is from a parent or guardian on the same topic.

They're also giving one scholarship to a student between 14 and 15-years old for a four-week session of beginner and advanced classes. For that one, the topic is about the famous explorer, Magellan, who had his first journey when he was 15. So, you must write a one-page essay about the life and adventures of Magellan. 

Send submissions to:
Sierra Nevada Community Sailing
Scholarship 2014
P.O. Box 19655
Reno, Nevada 89511

You must include your name, phone number and e-mail in either scholarship submission so that they can contact you if you are a winner. The deadline is on June 2nd, and winners will be notified on June 9th.

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