One of the most philanthropic and caring individuals of our time recently passed away, Roy Disney. Many know Roy as nephew to his famous uncle, Walt, but relatively few know the many achievements and good works that Roy accomplished in his own right.
One of these, was founding a team of young people to come together as a team and compete in one of the great sailboat racing events of our time. He funded their training, their boat (the Morning Star), and their coaching staff. In the process, he took a group of young adults and gave them an experiential education like no other.
About a year ago I had the opportunity to meet this amazing group of individuals through my colleague and good friend, Harry Horgan, founder of Shake-A-Leg Miami, a non-profit organization that teaches disabled young people how to sail. We gathered with the Morning Star Crew and viewed the movie of the boat’s namesake. What an incredible opportunity to see how education, in its many and varied forms, can build character, intelligence, resourcefulness, and camaraderie.
Thank you, Roy!