Canoecopia is presented by
Alliant Energy Center
1919 Alliant Energy Way
Friday: 3 PM to 8 PM
Saturday: 9 AM to 6 PM
Sunday: 10 AM to 4 PM
Ages 17 and under are FREE
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Cash or credit, fees collected by Alliant Energy Center
||Fred is a paddle-sports instructor who works at Chicago Adventure Therapy using outdoor/indoor sporting activities and Social and Emotional Learning techniques to reshape the frames of people mindset in misrepresented communities to better lives and give equal access and opportunities. Fred has worked with underrepresented communities bringing them into outdoor spaces for about three years.
Noah Viner (he/him/his) is an employee at Chicago Adventure Therapy and a recent graduate of Northland College with a degree in outdoor education with an emphasis in equity and inclusion. He loves embracing the outdoors in all of its forms.
Tiara is a paddlesports instructor with a very bright personality! She has worked for Chicago Adventure Therapy since 2014.
Zorbari Nwidor is from Chicago and is a senior director with Chicago Adventure Therapy. She has been a been paddling for over 10 years, working with people of all ages in the Chicagoland area (specifically marginalized communities) to break barriers in the outdoors and adventure sports. Zorbari currently hold certifications with British Canoe as a Stand up Paddle Board SW Coach, BCAB Coach Level 3, and a Three Star Award in Sea Kayak.
Fredrick Williams, Noah Viner, Tiara Coats, Zorbari Nwidor
Chicago Adventure Therapy (CAT) creates opportunity in the outdoor world and works to build more equitable green and blue spaces. A group of young paddlers from CAT, the majority of them people of color, has addressed the questions of how to effectively and respectfully engage communities that are under-represented in paddling - especially black, indigenous, and other people of color, young people, and the LGBTQ+ community. CAT works on an individual, group, and systems level to effect personal growth through adventure therapy interventions and leadership development, and to create industry wide change. Our hope is that the next generation can explore and experience the outdoors and participate in paddlesports without discrimination, fear, or limited access. Join us to hear some practical lessons we've learned in 15 years creating a young, diverse Paddling Community.