MHCC Hosts Free Summit on ‘Adventure with a Purpose’
Posted: March 7, 2011
Mt. Hood Community College (MHCC) will host the first Adventure with Purpose Summit, March 18 and 19, on the Gresham Campus, 26000 SE Stark Street. This free event will be an opportunity to connect with athletes, companies and organizations that use outdoor athletic events, adventures and expeditions to serve philanthropic causes.
“Leaf through the pages of the many sports magazines today and you will see a rising trend of outdoor athletic events that serve a purpose other than competition, record-setting or diversion,” says Robert Weinman, MHCC training coordinator. “Athletes, inspired by life-changing events, have teamed up with charitable organizations and companies in the outdoor industry to create events, adventures and expeditions that serve a philanthropic cause. The wide range of causes they raise funding and awareness for include medical research, clean environment, peace between communities and solutions to cease human trafficking.”
Adventure with Purpose will include presentations from athletes and event coordinators from a number of charitable organizations, and information tables on events, expeditions, organizations and outdoor retailers. On Friday, March 18, McMenamins-Edgefield will present a collection of short films on international and regional events and expeditions, followed by a feature presentation of the newly released movie, Hood to Coast. (Movie tickets are $10. Proceeds will support Team River Runner, an organization that helps active duty service members and military veterans.)
Bryan Anaclerio, director of MHCC’s Wilderness Leadership and Experiential Education program and one of the coordinators of Adventure with Purpose, is expecting a great turnout for this first-ever event. “The Pacific Northwest has some of the most radical mountains, trails, rivers and coastline in North America,” says Anaclerio. “It has inspired some of the best athletes and organizations in the outdoor industry. It’s not surprising that it would also lead the way in the rising trend of creating philanthropic outdoor adventures. Our plan for this event is to bring this group together and encourage more adventures with purpose.”