Serving the future leaders of the Coast Guard is a key initiative for the Foundation. That's why we donate more than $1 million to the Coast Guard Academy annually in support of academic enrichment, leadership development programs and athletics. The Academy is a top-tier educational institution, and the Foundation's robust support allows it to maintain its competitive edge when recruiting students.
Coast Guard Academy cadets hone their seamanship skills on the Thames River in New London, Conn. The Foundation is in the final stages of raising money to build eight brand new sailboats for the Academy.
Recent Foundation initiatives at the Academy include bolstering its Leadership and Ethics programs, as well as sponsoring a conference on the future of the Arctic, which helped provide invaluable instruction to cadets that otherwise would not have been possible.
Since 2008, the Foundation has supported more than $500,000 in leadership and ethics curriculum, thanks to several generous corporate donors, BAE Systems, SAIC and Lockheed Martin.
Another key leadership initiative the Foundation has accomplished is replacing the Academy's sail training fleet. The Leadership 44 program, which was a partnership between the Foundation, the Academy's Alumni Association and Parents Association, replaced the aging fleet of sailboats that Academy currently uses for training with eight brand new boats.
The Academy uses the sailboats to teach cadets seamanship and crucial leadership skills. Many cadets cite the sail training program as the highlight of their academic career. Previously, the limited number of boats prevented some cadets from participating in the program. The Leadership 44 program has solved that problem, making it so every cadet can enjoy this invaluable experience.