A Privilege to Say Thank You

In Thank You, Youth by Ashton Smith

Dear Courageous Supporter,

Thank you for supporting Courageous Sailing. I’m 17 years old going on 18, and this is my third year as an Instructor-in-Training. I have had so many invaluable experiences at Courageous, at the end of which I have started each school year with a renewed sense of leadership and enhanced understanding of the importance of community outreach and civil engagement.

There are things that I would have never thought I would be doing and new skills that I thought I would never master. Last week I taught in the Swim Sail Science program and I had a kid ask me if I could swim. I said, “of course”, in a an off-handed sort of way. I later glanced down at the kid and she looked a bit miffed. Upon further thought, I realized that my response was one of privilege. There are many kids, who despite Boston’s proximity to the water can not swim, or enjoy all it has to offer. I resolved after that day to never forget that working and learning at Courageous is a true privilege, one that was made possible by your generousity, and for that I thank you!

-Tina

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Ashton Smith