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The Havens Leadership Award rewards individuals whose practices and behaviors best serve the interests and success of USA paddlesports athletes.

The award is named after the Havens family, specifically Ginny and Kay whose behind-the-scenes support of Bill and Frank’s canoeing endeavors was key to their Olympic achievements. 

  • Learn more about Bill & Frank Havens (PDF)

During the 20th century, several generations of Havens' men competed in the Olympic games and won medals for the American team in canoeing. During all of their Olympic careers, the ACA was the official governing body of the Olympics for canoeing and was solely responsible for training and preparing all canoeists competing on behalf of the United States.

The Havens' story is one of sacrifice, determination, and hard work that inspires people around the world and encourages people to push themselves to their greatest potential.

This award is given to no more than one individual per year.  Master craftsman, Fritz Orr has graciously offered to provide a replica of the “Doc Paddle” Frank used to win gold and set the World record in the 1952 Olympic Games. 

  • Additional information about Frank Havens' Olympic story (Blog / PDF)

The following video is about the Havens family and their amazing Olympic story. This video is made available for viewership courtesy of Bud Greenspan and Cappy Productions Inc.

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