SWIFT OUTDOOR ACCESSIBLE RECREATION
2016 Grant recipients and Sponsored events
Part of the problem with being a non profit is that most non profits are looked at and function as a charity and seeks to address immediate pain, suffering and needs. There is nothing wring with these goals. I WANT SOAR TO PROVIDE MORE!
We need to drive SOAR to think, run and act like a philanthropic entity. The difference between the non profit charity and a philanthropic entity is that Philanthropy SEEKS TO SOLVE THE ISSUE WITH A LONG TERM APPROACH.
"Give a man a fish feed him for a day, Teach a man how to fish feed him for a lifetime"
While people with spinal cord injuries and other ailments wait for a cure life passes by as they loose their identity, value, self esteem, faith self worth and confidence. They are driven to lead a lesser life and settle and this is Unacceptable!!
A philanthropic stewardship needs to be provided. My background and John Maxwell training has blessed me with the ability to coach and develop others. I also envision partnering companies with the need for work at home employee assistance.
It is my ultimate goal to develop SOAR far beyond a non profit that assists people with disabilities to gain access to the outdoors.
It is rare that someone can take a “tragedy” as an opportunity to change their life and help others. That is exactly what Brian P. Swift did. In 1979 on the day after Christmas, Brian Swift, at the age of 17, broke his neck playing football leaving him a C5/6 quadriplegic, with permanent paralysis from his chest down. In the process of his rehabilitation, he became aware of the importance of recreation for rehabilitation, not only to improve mobility, but to improve mental well-being. Brian saw this event in his life as a challenge and an opportunity to assist others. This life-changing event developed into his personal crusade.
Brian went back to school and received his bachelor’s degree from Saint Xavier University and his Juris Doctor degree from DePaul College of Law. Brian Swift overcame the challenge of his disability utilizing sports for himself and others by coaching football and basketball for over twenty years. He also continued to hunt, fish, and take long rides in the outdoors after his accident as a means to combat the emotional and physical strains of his disability.
The father of three adopted children and a husband of over 27 years, Brian developed his strategy of success, CIA: Commitment, Integrity, and Attitude. By using this strategy, Brian leaves people invigorated to face their own struggles with hope, faith, and purpose!
It is our hope that SOAR can provide a place and services to help others build their bodies and minds to be healthier and happier. As SOAR grows with the help and generosity of others, it is our goal to positively effect as many lives as we can through the wonders of the great, accessible, outdoors.