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  • $600 RAISED OF $30,000 GOAL


  • John Besley $100
  • Arlene Sierra $300
  • James Slee $100
  • Kimberly Byerly $100

MSU Sailing Center Accessible Dock and Launch Project

Where opportunity becomes equity. Recreational Sports and Fitness Services has had the “Sports for All” programming platform for over 35 years, it is our legacy handed down from Director Dr. Frank Beeman to Dr. Larry Sierra and is upheld in the leadership team and current staff. We are one of the few Universities around the country who have offered adaptive recreation for over three decades. We aim to make all our programming accessible to everyone. This project is an extension of that philosophy and will allow the MSU Sailing Center to become ADA compliant and provide a better experience for all participants. 

Your Support Will Make a Big Difference

Your support can make a meaningful difference for MSU students and the community. This project will give ALL students and members of the community the opportunity to participate in water sports at the MSU Sailing Center. It will allow persons in wheelchairs or with limited mobility to participate in paddle sport and sailing classes, or canoe and kayak with their friends. It will truly create an outstanding experience for all participants by allowing easier access to the water.

This project gives an opportunity previously not available to MSU students. It will happen in three phases.

Phase 1- The accessible walkway from the parking area to the water's edge.

Phase 2- The seawall which protects the property from erosion and anchors the dock.

Phase 3- the Accessible dock and launch which allows a person to transfer from a wheel-chair to a sailboat, canoe, or kayak. This system will assist people who also have shoulder, hip, or other mobility difficulties.

Project Budget

Our 5K race in October was able to raise $11,000 towards phase one and two of the project. We need to raise the $30,000 for the dock and launch system.

Money raised will be used towards the gangplank, dock, transfer slide bench, and launching system. This dock will allow for people of all abilities to launch boats and participate in aquatic programs on Lake Lansing

Who We Are

Recreational Sports and Fitness Services at Michigan State provides recreational programming for the 50,000 non-varsity athletes. We try to bring equity and accessibility to all MSU students.

The MSU Sailing Center is located just east of campus on Lake Lansing. We offer customized and private instructional and recreational programs for all ages in sailing, paddle sports, water safety, and experiential youth programs.

The sailing center is open to the public from May to October every year. Therefore, this project will not only benefit the MSU community, but also the entire region. Our Rec Sports staff works together to fulfill this project. We all know what a big difference recreation can make in a person's mental and physical health. 

Make a Gift by Mail:

University Advancement
Spartan Way
535 Chestnut Road, Room 300
East Lansing, MI 48824

*Make check payable to Michigan State University and write “Appeal 22OOPCF1SAIL” in the note section.


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