Patriot Energy Group Supports Youth Sailing Program

Summer regatta helps fund program for 1,100 Boston kids to learn boating

BURLINGTON, Mass, July 9, 2018 – The Patriot Energy team hit the high seas for five weeks in May and June in support of a unique sailing program aimed at helping transform the lives of Boston youth.

For the 5th consecutive year, Patriot Energy Group participated in the Courageous Corporate Challenge Regatta. The regatta helps support the Courageous Sailing Summer Youth Program, which annually serves more than 1,100 children aged 8 to 18. As part of the Courageous Challenge, Patriot Energy had its own sailboat, and its corporate team competed in a five-week regatta against other area businesses. The boat left from Pier 4 in the Charlestown Navy Yard on Monday nights throughout May and June.

“We hope that the teamwork, leadership and perseverance that our racing team demonstrated throughout the competition serves as an inspiration to young sailors,” said John Vieira, Energy Services Manager for Patriot Energy Group. “We’re proud to contribute to this rewarding and educational program to help expand the horizons of these children.”

The Courageous Sailing Summer Youth program teaches children about sailing and the incredible natural resources available to them on Boston’s waterfront. Most importantly, it gives kids the economic means to participate in an activity that is otherwise not accessible and allows them to see the world from a different perspective while a mile offshore. The program, which is free for those in need, opens kids’ minds and gives them confidence to pursue opportunities they may not have considered, while developing teamwork, decision-making, and communication skills. It’s also a fantastic social-emotional growth opportunity, as the children meet and socialize with other youths in the community.

“These sailboats are floating classrooms and we’re thrilled to have been able to support this amazing program,” Vieira said. “It was a fun and charitable experience that we can’t wait to contribute to again next year.”

About Patriot Energy Group

Patriot Energy Group is one of the largest and fastest growing retail electricity and natural gas management firms operating in all competitive markets throughout the U.S.  As a client-side energy broker/advisor Patriot Energy Group works closely with clients to help manage risks associated with energy costs and has a proven track record of energy procurement representing over $500 million in energy spending.  Patriot Energy Group offers professionally managed and diverse energy purchasing strategies, which combine unique fixed, index, and hybrid rate structures, as well as a comprehensive suite of energy efficiency and management options.

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About Courageous Sailing

Founded in 1987 by Boston sailing enthusiast Harry McDonough, Courageous Sailing is a nationally-recognized, year-round educational center for community sailing and youth development. Courageous offers Boston-area youth free and low-cost out-of-school-time programs in sailing, environmental education, job skills development, and leadership training.

Named for the two-time winning America’s Cup schooner, “Courageous,” which was docked at the Charlestown Navy Yard, Courageous Sailing was named one of the top 10 community sailing programs nationwide by US Sailing and Sail Magazine. The program subscribes to Harry’s motto: “Every child’s perspective is improved 50-yards off-shore.”

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