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
"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,
SOURCE Outward Bound