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ACA recognizes Joe Moore (SC) & Tom Uebel (NY)

Thursday, November 29, 2018   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Chris Stec
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Presidents Award - Given by the President of the Board of Directors to individuals for outstanding service to the ACA on a national level.


Joe Moore


In February 2015, Joe founded Adaptive Expeditions as an interactive, educational nonprofit designed to empower individuals with physical and sensory disabilities with the skills and confidence to maintain active, independent lifestyles.  Through Adaptive Expeditions, Joe leads local adaptive sport and recreation programs in Charleston, SC and teaches outdoor recreation industry best practices throughout the country.  In the past 4 years, Joe has led 32 educational workshops (including 28 ACA Adaptive Paddling Workshops) at colleges and universities, park & recreation departments, outdoor programs, or other entities in 23 different states.  Joe designed and coordinated the 2014 ACA Adaptive Paddling Summit in Grand Rapids, MI, and in 2017 Joe wrote a grant to host the 2nd ACA Adaptive Paddling Summit in Weeki Wachee, FL.  As a part of this same project, Joe secured finding to expand the ACA Adaptive Paddling Program to new disciplines – SUP, rafting, SOT fishing kayak, and wave ski.  Joe wrote another 2017 grant to lead development of an ACA Advanced Communications Endorsement that would convey instructor best practices for paddlers with auditory, visual, and speech impairments.  This new ACA Endorsement was designed to empower instructors to better serve a segment of people with disabilities that has never before been directly addressed by an ACA curriculum

“I am passionate about working to improve the world we live in through education, advocacy and sharing positive life experiences with others. My love of the natural world and my drive for excellence guide most of my life choices.”



Tom Uebel


Tom Uebel has been an ACA member for over 50 years.

He has served on the Sugar Island Board of Trustees and has been Chair of the Trustees for two terms.  In addition, he has represented Sugar Island on the ACA’s Property Management Committee.

When not canoe sailing and placing at the national championships, Tom spends his time volunteering with maintenance projects at both the ACA’s Camp at Lake Sebago as well as on Sugar Island.


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Founded in 1880, The American Canoe Association (ACA) is a national nonprofit organization serving the broader paddling public by providing education related to all aspects of paddling; stewardship support to help protect paddling environments; and sanctioning of programs and events to promote paddlesport competition, exploration and recreation.

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