Far away from the lush landscape and sparkling blue waters of Hawaii, Na Leo ‘O Ke Kai Outrigger Canoe Club brings the spirit of aloha to our community here in the Phoenix metropolitan area. Na Leo competes in canoe races in California, Nevada, New York, Hawaii and Canada, as well as hosting an annual outrigger canoe regatta on Tempe Town Lake. However, our group is much more than an athletic team. Na Leo enhances the vitality of the Salt River Valley by preserving and promoting Polynesian culture and heritage; contributing to the rich cultural diversity that makes our Valley so unique.
Arizona seems like an unlikely place for a competitive outrigger club, but this sport has grown rapidly in the Southwest since Na Leo O Ke Kai was established in 1997. We are the top competitor and the largest club in the region, and have helped in the establishment and growth of other clubs in Nevada, Arizona, and, soon, Colorado.
This year, Na Leo O Ke Kai has fielded the first team from Arizona, an elite women’s team, to have the honor to complete in the 2012 Va'a (Outrigger) World Sprint Championships, August 11- 15 in Calgary, Alberta, Canada. We are hoping that you might sponsor this exceptional canoe team as we represent the U.S and the Southwest in Calgary. Our goal is to raise $6000 to help cover the expected expenses for a team of seven paddlers: registration, airfare, car rental and accommodations.
Any contribution you can make toward the cost of this competition will help Arizona to be at the table of the premiere international competition for outrigger canoe and may be tax-deductable**.
We are proud to be the first from Arizona, and to earn the right to compete with some of the best paddlers in the world. But, it is only with the help of generous benefactors, such as yourself, that this team will have the opportunity to compete in such a renowned international event.
Thank you for your time and kind attention.
Na Leo Team Calgary
Visit www.outriggeraz.com for more information about the Club
Visit www.vaaworldsprints2012.com for more information on the competition
**Na Leo O’ Ke Kai is a member of the SCORA and an Exempt Group Member of SCORA; donations will be recorded by SCORA but directed to our exclusive use. SCORA‘s EIN is 11-3716854 and is a 501c(3) tax exempt organization registered in the State of California as Corporation Number 2651271 and also registered as Charitable Trust No. 125256. Please keep this acknowledge of receipt for your tax records: Your donation may be deductible.
Mahalo Nui Loa!!!