The Anschutz Foundation Awards $1M to Outward Bound

Dec 27, 2007, 00:00 ET from Outward Bound

    GOLDEN, Co. Dec. 27 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Outward Bound USA, the
 nation's leading provider of experiential education programs, today
 announced a $1,000,000 grant awarded by The Anschutz Foundation of Denver.
 The donation will be used in 2008 to launch "Outward Bound Denver" as a new
 Outward Bound Center and to fund development of a national Centers model
 for Outward Bound.
     In partnership with Denver-area schools and youth-serving
 organizations, the new Center will create access for area residents to
 engage in Outward Bound character and leadership programs. The donation
 includes funding of a new scholarship program for Denver-area youth to
 attend Outward Bound courses across the country.
     "I participated in Outward Bound courses in high school, and these
 experiences made a lasting mark on me," said Libby Brown, who championed
 the concept to the Foundation. "We look forward to partnering with Outward
 Bound and the opportunity to improve the Denver community by bringing
 Outward Bound's programs directly to the Denver community by investing in a
 national 'beta test' site for an Outward Bound Center."
     Founded on the vision of World War II youth educator Kurt Hahn, Outward
 Bound's 45 year US history has expanded into a nation-wide network of
 hands-on experiential learning courses for both young and old. Today the
 organization serves 70,000 students and teachers annually in the US.
     The creation of Outward Bound Denver is the first step in Outward
 Bound's plan to build at least five new Outward Bound Centers by its 50th
 anniversary in 2012. Outward Bound Denver will be joining a group of
 existing Centers in Atlanta, Baltimore, Boston, Los Angeles, New York City
 and Philadelphia. Denver's ideal location, base of alumni and long-time
 supporters, and proximity to program headquarters in Golden are the driving
 forces behind the Denver Center becoming the model blueprint location for
 other Centers.
     "We are grateful to The Anschutz Foundation for grasping Outward
 Bound's vision for a model Center that can bring the full face of Outward
 Bound's many programs directly into major communities," said John Read,
 President & CEO of Outward Bound. "We were struck by the common values and
 goals of Outward Bound and the Foundation. This gift will dramatically
 accelerate our ability to deliver our mission to the Denver area."
     A formal, public announcement of the Denver Center's inception will be
 made at the Expeditionary Learning Schools Conference in Denver in March,

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