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AccesSportAmerica

 119 High Street
 Acton, MA 01720
[P] (978) 264-0985
[F] (978) 246-6433
www.AccesSportAmerica.org
[email protected]
Anne Beaulieu
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INCORPORATED: 1995
 Printable Profile (Summary / Full)
EIN 04-3265194

LAST UPDATED: 05/19/2015
Organization DBA --
Former Names --
Organization received a competitive grant from the Boston Foundation in the past five years No

Summary

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Mission StatementMORE »

AccesSportAmerica inspires higher function and fitness for children and adults living with disabilities through high-challenge sports and training.
 
Our year-round adaptive sports and training programs are designed to promote each person's highest physical and athletic potential while improving health, cultivating cognitive, social and emotional well-being and building a community that lasts a lifetime. 

Mission Statement

AccesSportAmerica inspires higher function and fitness for children and adults living with disabilities through high-challenge sports and training.
 
Our year-round adaptive sports and training programs are designed to promote each person's highest physical and athletic potential while improving health, cultivating cognitive, social and emotional well-being and building a community that lasts a lifetime. 

FinancialsMORE »

Fiscal Year Jan 01, 2014 to Dec 31, 2014
Projected Income $836,773.00
Projected Expense $836,773.00

ProgramsMORE »

  • High-Challenge Sports and Function & Fitness Programs

Revenue vs. Expense ($000s)

Expense Breakdown 2013 (%)

Expense Breakdown 2012 (%)

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Overview

Mission Statement

AccesSportAmerica inspires higher function and fitness for children and adults living with disabilities through high-challenge sports and training.
 
Our year-round adaptive sports and training programs are designed to promote each person's highest physical and athletic potential while improving health, cultivating cognitive, social and emotional well-being and building a community that lasts a lifetime. 

Background Statement

During the summer of 1994, Tony Chamberlain of The Boston Globe reported on Ross and his son, Joshua born in 1985 with cerebral palsy and quadriplegia, windsurfing off the coast of Cape Cod. (“Surf’s Up for Josh” The Boston Globe, July 8). National coverage on ABC’s Good Morning America with Medical Editor Dr. Timothy Johnson and in major windsurfing magazines soon followed.

 

With the generous support of a benefactor and the commitment of individuals and families, the journey began to build a non-profit organization to offer an innovative water sports program for children and adults living with disabilities including the development of adaptive equipment. The mission was to inspire higher function and fitness through high-challenge sports. Each year since new sports with equipment adaptations have been added to the first sport - windsurfing.

With programs being offered in partnership with leading institutions and organizations, in 2001 Ross committed his efforts full-time to focus on developing AccesSport into a year round program. The focus was to develop and offer a year round training program for athletes to build on new found capabilities and strengths acquired while participating in our high-challenge water sports program.

Today, our programs year sports and training programs round are reaching 1,700 children and adults living with disabilities through our partnerships and collaborations. Our Program Partners include Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital, Boston Public Schools, Chelsea Public Schools, Doug Flutie Jr. Foundation for Autism, Camp Harbor View, Perkins School for the Blind, Mass Hospital School, Cotting School among other leading institutions and organizations. A committed team of trainers, experts, volunteers and staff continue to provide the key leadership in the development and delivery of our programs, acknowledge for both the approach and activities. The design and development of adaptive equipment is ongoing to ensure access. AccesSport is considered a pioneer in adaptive equipment and training techniques. Ross was the first to adapt the sport of windsurfing in the United States prior to the founding of AccesSport. Josh remains our “official test pilot” for many of our new adaptations and protocols.  Over the years, AccesSportAmerica has been recognized for its innovative programs and leadership.

Governed by a fifteen member Board of Directors of dedicated corporate, professional, and philanthropic leaders, AccesSport depends on the commitment of our program partners, and the generosity of individual, corporate and foundation supporters.

“AccesSportAmerica is a fantastic program and deserves as much support as possible…I know of no other organization that brings such passion and expertise.” - Dr. Timothy Johnson, Medical Editor, WCVB TV5 and the ABC Television Network and AccesSportAmerica Honorary Board Member

  


Impact Statement

At AccesSportAmerica, we are -

Engaging over 2,000 children and adults through our High-Challenge Sports programs- adaptive windsurfing, Hawaiian outrigger canoeing as well as soccer, cycling and tennis, and our Training programs - personal training and conditioning & sports programs – providing opportunities for our athletes to train as athletes year round. 

Reaching  underserved, economically challenged inner city youth through our in-school  programs at several Boston Public Schools and our summer program at Camp Harbor View.

Developing a curriculum with training program, in partnership with Boston Public Schools teachers, to integrate thirty  minutes of daily physical activity within the classroom curriculum. 

Creating nationally recognized adaptive equipment, recognized as the nation’s leader and innovator in adaptive sports for their physical, cognitive, social and life-changing potential.  

Building skills and commitment through our Sports Camps - intensive, overnight, one-week training programs in Florida and California.

Collaborating with leading institutions and experts to document physical, educational and social changes, to promote health, educational and recreational benefits.

Depending on the leadership and support of our long standing Program and Funding Partners – Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital, Doug Flutie Jr. Foundation for Autism, Perkins School for the Blind, Camp Harbor View, Carl and Ruth Shapiro Family Foundation. Connors Family, Boston Bruins, The TJX Companies, Procter & Gamble, Liberty Mutual among others and of many individuals, corporations and foundations as well as significant gifts in-kind.


Needs Statement

1. Funding to provide exercise programs an adaptive sports including windsurfing, outrigger canoeing, paddle board, tennis and so much for children and adults living with disabilities.
2. Volunteers for our In-School Conditioning & Soccer program in partnership with the Boston Public Schools.
3. Partnerships with organizations whose clientele live with disabilities to provide sports and activities to increase their health and well-being,  
 

CEO Statement

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Board Chair Statement

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Geographic Area Served

GREATER BOSTON REGION, MA
CAPE &ISLANDS REGION, MA
NATIONAL

Note: Sports Camps are held in Jensen Beach, Florida and Venice Beach, California

Organization Categories

  1. Recreation & Sports - Amateur Sports
  2. Health Care -
  3. Education - Special Education

Independent research has been conducted on this organization's theory of change or on the effectiveness of this organization's program(s)

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Programs

High-Challenge Sports and Function & Fitness Programs

Engaging over 2,000 children and adults annually through our High-Challenge Sports program- adaptive windsurfing, Hawaiian outrigger canoeing as well as soccer, cycling and tennis, and our Function & Fitness program - personal training and conditioning & sports programs – providing opportunities for our athletes to train as athletes year round.

Developing/piloting curriculum, in partnership with Boston Public Schools teachers, to integrate thirty minutes of daily physical activity within the classroom curriculum, a model with training program being developed to replicate.

Creating nationally recognized adaptive equipment to accommodate all disabilities. The first to adapt windsurfing, we are the nation’s leader and innovator in adaptive sports for their physical, cognitive, social and life-changing potential. 

Building skills and commitment through our Sports Camps program - intensive, overnight, one-week training programs in Florida and California.

Collaborating with leading institutions and experts to document physical, educational and social changes, to promote health, educational and recreational benefits.

Depended on the leadership and support of our long standing Program and Funding Partners – Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital, Doug Flutie Jr. Foundation for Autism, Perkins School for the Blind, Camp Harbor View, Carl and Ruth Shapiro Family Foundation. Connors Family, Boston Bruins, The TJX Companies, Procter & Gamble, Liberty Mutual among others and of many individuals, corporations and foundations as well as significant gifts in-kind

Budget  900,000
Category  Youth Development, General/Other Youth Development, General/Other
Population Served People/Families with of People with Disabilities Poor,Economically Disadvantaged,Indigent
Program Short-Term Success  Providing equal opportunity for all children and adults to have access to improved health and well-being through physical activity.
Program Long-Term Success  Our High-Challenge Sports and Function+Fitness programs are year-round in partnership with rehabilitation hospital, schools and community-based organizations.
Program Success Monitored By  The improved health, function and fitness are the indicates that results are being achieved,
Examples of Program Success 
Our Program Partners - Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital, Doung Flutie Jr. Foundation for Autism, Perkins School for the Blind, Mass Hospital School, The Cotting School - have all provided financial support for their respective constituencies to participate annually. Key is well is that the Boston Public School teachers whose students participate in our weekly Conditioning & Soccer program are collaborating with our Trainers and Curriculum Consultant Diana Cutaia, former Director of Athletic Wheelock College to develop a curriculum for classroom teacher to integrate 30 minutes of physical activity within the classroom curriculum.

CEO/Executive Director/Board Comments

We believe that everyone is capable of higher function and fitness.  

We are innovative with adaptations and technology to engage people of every ability with far more than just sport.

We develop teaching protocols and techniques to evoke the best performance and function from all of our athletes.

We train and study to discover the best manner to reach and motivate our athletes physically, emotionally and cognitively. 

At our core, we always strive to carefully create a sense of community which invites and draws in everyone.

The integration of all these initiatives helps our athletes obtain higher function. 


 AccesSportAmerica succeeds today as it did over ten years ago when no one thought windsurfing possible for people living with disabilities. 

Ross Lilley

Executive Director

 

 

 

Management


CEO/Executive Director Mr. Ross W. Lilley
CEO Term Start June 1995
CEO Email [email protected]
CEO Experience Ross W. Lilley AccesSportAmerica Founder/Executive Director has been adapting and teaching high-challenge water sports since 1983. The endeavor to adapt these sports was to make these sports more accessible, and was apart of a greater interest in creating places and activities to overcome disparity and discrimination in the disabled community. Ross is the first person in the United States to adapt and teach windsurfing. 1in 1986, his son Josh was born with cerebral palsy and resulting spastic quadriplegia. When Josh was four years old, Josh and Ross began windsurfing together. Josh was the inspiration for AccesSportAmerica. Ross grew up in Tenafly, New Jersey, graduating from high school in 1975. That same year, he began windsurfing on the Jersey shore. He attended Hobart College and graduated from New York University with a Bachelor of Arts in Economics in 1978. Ross graduated from Andover Newton Theological School with a Masters of Divinity in 1983. He immediately was called to be a pastor of South Acton Congregational Church, United Church of Christ a post he held until 2003 when he resigned to devote himself full-time to AccesSportAmerica. Ross has received numerous awards including the Massachusetts Governor's Committee on Physical Fitness and Sports' Neighborhood Superstar Award for those individuals dedicated to improving Boston's citizens and communities through the advancement of diverse sports and fitness programs, presented by the He has twice received the Boston Celtics' Heroes Among Us Award ,honoring "people who have made an overwhelming impact on the lives of others" and presented to individuals who, "through their unique commitment and humanitarian spirit, have made exceptional and lasting contributions to our community". Ross and Jean Lilley live in Acton, MA with their children Josh and Hanna, all are involved with AccesSportAmerica.
Co-CEO --
Co-CEO Term Start --
Co-CEO Email --
Co-CEO Experience --

Former CEOs and Terms

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Senior Staff

Name Title Experience/Biography
Anne M. Beaulieu Deputy Director/Development Director --
Nate Berry Program Director --
Betty Miller Adminstrative Director --
Pam Rogers Development Associate --
Cheryl Shea Art Director --
Renwick Tweedy Jr. Finance Director --

Awards

Award Awarding Organization Year
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Affiliations

Affiliation Year
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Member of state association of nonprofits? No
Name of state association --

External Assessments and Accreditations

External Assessment or Accreditation Year
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Collaborations

AccesSportAmerica is built on collaborations and partnerships with our Program and Funding Partners.

CEO/Executive Director/Board Comments

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Foundation Comments

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Staff Information

Number of Full Time Staff 3
Number of Part Time Staff 11
Number of Volunteers 11
Number of Contract Staff 0
Staff Retention Rate % 100%

Staff Demographics

Ethnicity African American/Black: 0
Asian American/Pacific Islander: 0
Caucasian: 0
Hispanic/Latino: 0
Native American/American Indian: 0
Other: 0
Other (if specified): 0
Gender Female: 7
Male: 4
Not Specified 0

Plans & Policies

Organization has Fundraising Plan? Yes
Organization has Strategic Plan? Yes
Years Strategic Plan Considers 5
Management Succession Plan Under Development
Business Continuity of Operations Plan --
Organization Policies And Procedures Yes
Nondiscrimination Policy No
Whistle Blower Policy Yes
Document Destruction Policy Yes
Directors and Officers Insurance Policy Yes
State Charitable Solicitations Permit --
State Registration --

Risk Management Provisions

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Reporting and Evaluations

Management Reports to Board? Yes
CEO Formal Evaluation and Frequency Yes Semi-Annually
Senior Management Formal Evaluation and Frequency Yes Annually
Non Management Formal Evaluation and Frequency Yes Semi-Annually

Governance


Board Chair Mr. Mark L. Scheier Esq.
Board Chair Company Affiliation Scheier Katin & Epstein, P.C
Board Chair Term Nov 2011 - Nov 2014
Board Co-Chair --
Board Co-Chair Company Affiliation --
Board Co-Chair Term -

Board Members

Name Company Affiliations Status
Deborah Belichick Art of Tile & Stone NonVoting
Lenny Clarke Actor, Comedian NonVoting
Chris Cooper Actor NonVoting
Marianne Leone Cooper writer, actor NonVoting
Dr. Steven H. Gardner Massachusetts General Hospital Voting
Daniel J. Gurian The Douvadjian Group/UBS Financial Services Voting
Susan M. Halby Community Volunteer Voting
Raymond C. Hoefling Webster Bank Voting
Dr. Timothy Johnson WCVB TV5 NonVoting
Ross W. Lilley AccesSportAmerica Voting
Michael T. Lindgren Cambridge Saving Bank --
Christopher M. McIntosh Boston Business Journal and Mass High Tech --
Robert J. Rivers Millennium Bostonian Hotel Voting
Mark L. Scheier Esq. Scheier Katin & Epstein Voting
Stephen M. Spinetto Government Relations --
Cindy Stack-Haan Community Volunteer Voting
Mark J. Thirman Vodafone Voting
M. Craig Wilson Community Volunteer Voting
William M. Yates Cambridge Trust Company Voting

Constituent Board Members

Name Company Affiliations Status
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Youth Board Members

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Advisory Board Members

Name Company Affiliations Status
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Board Demographics

Ethnicity African American/Black: 0
Asian American/Pacific Islander: 0
Caucasian: 100
Hispanic/Latino: 0
Native American/American Indian: 0
Other: 0
Other (if specified): --
Gender Female: 2
Male: 12
Not Specified 0

Board Information

Board Term Lengths 3
Board Term Limits 3
Board Meeting Attendance % --
Written Board Selection Criteria Yes
Written Conflict Of Interest Policy Yes
Percentage of Monetary Contributions 100%
Percentage of In-Kind Contributions 90%
Constituency Includes Client Representation Yes

Standing Committees

  • Advisory Board / Advisory Council
  • Audit, Compliance and Controls
  • Development / Fund Development / Fund Raising / Grant Writing / Major Gifts
  • Endowment
  • Executive
  • Finance
  • Investment
  • Nominating
  • Strategic Planning / Strategic Direction
  • Young Professionals

CEO/Executive Director/Board Comments

We believe our attitude towards our athletes is unique. At AccesSport we won't settle with complacency or 'comfortable'. We believe that everyone, regardless of dis/ability, is to become a lifelong athlete and is treated as such. The power of our community drives people to higher levels of conditioning and function to a point far beyond what anyone imagined at the start. Our techniques of engagement and training come with a confidence that we can engage anyone to succeed in a sport and in life. Our firm conviction is to never give up, knowing that even years and decades of living with a disability, our athletes still can defy the odds and jump in his/her ability to function.


Ross Lilley

Executive Director/Founder

 

Foundation Comments

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Financials


Revenue vs. Expense ($000s)

Expense Breakdown 2013 (%)

Expense Breakdown 2012 (%)

Expense Breakdown 2011 (%)

Fiscal Year Jan 01, 2014 to Dec 31, 2014
Projected Income $836,773.00
Projected Expense $836,773.00
Form 990s

2013 990

2012 990

2011 990

2010 990

2009 990

Audit Documents

2013 Audited Financials

2012 Audited Financials

2011 Audited Financials

2010 Audited Financials

2009 Audited Financials

IRS Letter of Exemption

IRS Letter of Determination

Prior Three Years Total Revenue and Expense Totals

Fiscal Year 2013 2012 2011
Total Revenue $948,488 $862,713 $874,311
Total Expenses $930,658 $838,674 $739,596

Prior Three Years Revenue Sources

Fiscal Year 2013 2012 2011
Foundation and
Corporation Contributions
$66,602 $99,423 $81,423
Government Contributions $0 $0 $0
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    State -- -- --
    Local -- -- --
    Unspecified -- -- --
Individual Contributions $207,624 $112,457 $126,295
Indirect Public Support -- -- --
Earned Revenue $263,499 $264,453 $257,623
Investment Income, Net of Losses $10,969 $15,748 $-322
Membership Dues -- -- --
Special Events $399,794 $370,632 $409,292
Revenue In-Kind -- -- --
Other -- -- --

Prior Three Years Expense Allocations

Fiscal Year 2013 2012 2011
Program Expense $713,960 $633,589 $563,721
Administration Expense $104,274 $95,948 $84,280
Fundraising Expense $112,424 $109,137 $91,595
Payments to Affiliates -- -- --
Total Revenue/Total Expenses 1.02 1.03 1.18
Program Expense/Total Expenses 77% 76% 76%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue 17% 19% 15%

Prior Three Years Assets and Liabilities

Fiscal Year 2013 2012 2011
Total Assets $641,590 $619,608 $577,506
Current Assets $583,299 $605,095 $563,075
Long-Term Liabilities $16,012 $0 $0
Current Liabilities $15,186 $27,046 $8,983
Total Net Assets $610,392 $592,562 $568,523

Prior Three Years Top Three Funding Sources

Fiscal Year 2013 2012 2011
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2nd (Source and Amount) -- --
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3rd (Source and Amount) -- --
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Financial Planning

Endowment Value $135,000.00
Spending Policy Percentage
Percentage(If selected) 4.0%
Credit Line No
Reserve Fund Yes
How many months does reserve cover? 12.00

Capital Campaign

Are you currently in a Capital Campaign? No
Capital Campaign Purpose --
Campaign Goal --
Capital Campaign Dates -
Capital Campaign Raised-to-Date Amount --
Capital Campaign Anticipated in Next 5 Years? --

Short Term Solvency

Fiscal Year 2013 2012 2011
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities 38.41 22.37 62.68

Long Term Solvency

Fiscal Year 2013 2012 2011
Long-term Liabilities/Total Assets 2% 0% 0%

CEO/Executive Director/Board Comments

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Foundation Comments

Financial summary data in the charts and graphs above are per the organization's audited financials.  Contributions from foundations and corporations are listed under individuals when the breakout was not available.

Documents


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