The Judd Goldman Adaptive Sailing Foundation helps the disabled and disadvantaged to achieve self-esteem and independence through sailing. The foundation was founded in 1990 in memory of Justin “Judd” Goldman by the Goldman family. After suffering a disabling bone disease at age seventeen, Judd discovered the sport of sailing and spent the next 58 years competing in sailing events with great passion and success.
The Judd Goldman Adaptive Sailing Foundation realizes its mission to provide sailing opportunities to the disabled and disadvantaged through a public/private partnership with the Chicago Park District. The Judd Goldman Adaptive Sailing Program (JGASP) includes classroom and on-water instruction for the physically disabled and is based out of the Chicago Park District’s Judd Goldman Sailing Center in Burnham Harbor.
The JGASF also sponsors an outreach program to bring sailing opportunities to inner-city youth in the Chicago area. Taking advantage of the Chicago Park District’s extensive network of lagoons throughout the city, the JGASF is effectively able to bring sailing directly to the neighborhoods where Chicago’s young people live rather than having to transport city youth to a remotely located sailing program.
One of the highlights of the year is the North American Challenge Cup (hosted by the Chicago Yacht Club) which is one of the longest running major sailing regattas for the disabled in America, attracting sailing talent from around the world.
The Judd Goldman Adaptive Sailing Foundation holds its annual fund raising gala in conjunction with the NACC regatta (near the beginning of August) on the Chicago waterfront and is not to be missed!