Blinded Business Leader Honored by U.S. Sailing Association
Urban Miyares Recieves Prestigious Award
November 19, 2006 (Newport, Rhode Island) -- Urban Miyares, president of
the San Diego-based Disabled Businesspersons Association (dba) and director
of the National Disabled Veterans Business Resource Center, and blinded
Vietnam veteran, was honored by The U.S. Sailing Association, at its Annual
Meeting (Nov. 14-19, 2006) in Newport, Rhode Island, as recipient of the
2006 Gay S. Lynn Memorial Trophy for his years of contribution to sailors
with disabilities and advancing the sport of sailing.
"Urban Miyares has moved far beyond his disabilities," said Hugh Elliot,
Secretary of US SAILING's Council on Sailors with Disabilities. "More
important than his own personal achievements, he has made it possible for
others to achieve the same accomplishments by helping them to understand
that, while a disability may make life complicated, it does not in any way
prohibit dreams and success in the able-bodied world."
Miyares is co-founder of the charitable, San Diego-based, "Challenged
America" recreational rehabilitation, adaptive-sailing program which was
launched by disabled veterans in 1978. Recognized as a pioneer in the
adaptive sailing field as a therapeutic activity, Urban and the "Challenged
America" program have introduced sailing to thousands, including those
having the most severe and catastrophic of disabilities. As co-founder and
director of the all-volunteer "Challenged America" program, he directs the
program to introduce the sailing experience, as a rehabilitation activity,
to kids and adults with disabilities, their loved ones, and professionals in
recreational rehabilitation and sports therapy, who come to San Diego from
around the world. Sailors with disabilities from "Challenged America" are
seen frequently on San Diego bay and in sailing venues around the world, to
include offshore racing events such as the San Diego to Ensenada and
Newport to Ensenada races, and the Transpacific ("Transpac") Yacht
Race, from Los Angeles to Honolulu.
U,.S. Sailing Association's Gay S. Lynn Memorial Trophy recognizes
outstanding service by a volunteer, professional or organization, over a
significant period of time, to advance the sport of sailing for people with
disabilities. The United States Sailing Association (US SAILING) is the
governing body for sailing and sailboat racing in the United States, and is
headquartered in Portsmouth, RI, (www.ussailing.org).
A long time resident of San Diego and well-known business leader, Urban
Miyares helps disabled veterans and others with disabilities in their
rehabilitation towards back-to-work activities through self-employment.
He is the past recipient of the INC. Magazine "Entrepreneur Of The Year"
Award, SBA's "National Veteran Small Business Advocate of the Year",
"National Disabled Veteran Of The Year", and honored by former
President George H. Bush with the "Presidential Point Of Light" Award,
and by former President Bill Clinton for his business accomplishments.
For more information or to contact Urban Miyares about "Challenged
America" and how you can support this charitable rehabilitation program,
email Port@ChallengedAmerica.org, call (619) 594-8805, or write
DBA -- "Challenged America", Interwork Institute/SDSU, 3590 Camino
del Rio North, San Diego, CA 92108-1716.
DBA - CHALLENGED AMERICA
San Diego State University - Interwork Institute
3590 Camino del Rio North
San Diego, CA 92108-1716
Office: (619) 594-8805
Email: Port@ChallengedAmerica.org or Urban@DisabledBusiness.com
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