OUTDOOR SPORT INSTITUTE

OUR MISSION

Empower  people through outdoor sport to create better lives, better communities, and a better world.

A Cultural Shift

Biking along a trail, kayaking down a river, hiking to a summit, skiing through a forest –whether for recreation or competition outdoor sports like these have the ability to teach invaluable lessons. Outdoor sport can build our sense of self-direction, connect us with meaning and purpose, and broaden perspectives of what’s important in the world. It connects us with community and has the ability to help us build confidence to do things we never thought possible.

 

Culturally, however, we are becoming increasingly disconnected from the outdoors and living dangerously sedentary lives. This cultural disconnect, when compounded with lack of resources and access, makes a seemingly impossible barrier to overcome. The result? Not only are we suffering worsening physical health, but we’re also missing out on the psychological well-being, connection to nature, and personal enrichment that come from time spent active, outdoors. As we suffer our communities suffer, and a viscous cycle grows.

 

At OSI, we believe that outdoor sport is an excellent way to shape strong, well-rounded individuals who can affect lasting, positive change for themselves and their communities. We believe skill development, self-direction, and developing a sense of purpose are essential to a person, especially a young person, discovering their own intrinsic motivation for life, and for community. These concepts are the foundation of our work.

 

WHAT WE DO

We work with young people, adults, and communities to get them excited about outdoor sport and help them grow an active, outdoor culture where they live.

 

A Commitment to Ongoing Support and Development

OSI is about changing lives, changing communities, and changing culture. This takes time and consistency – in development, support, and opportunity. OSI is a world-class team of professional coaches dedicated to working with young people and adults, building a network of advocates, mentors, and leaders at the community level.

 

Our innovative model, offering consistent access to outdoor sport with community engagement, is creating a wave of cultural influencers committed to building an active, outdoor culture where they live.

 

HOW IT WORKS

We recruit high school students and adults in the community to join Team OSI through our ongoing courses and team gatherings year round. Team members are given the opportunity to continuously and consistently develop as athletes or community coaches through sport specific development courses, team gatherings, and regular content and support from OSI Team Coaches, and their peer-driven community.

 

Rather than pay thousands of dollars in tuition, students maintain membership on Team OSI through “give back” in their own communities. Through this process they progress as outdoor sport advocates, mentors, and leaders at the community level. Whenever possible Team OSI Athletes are connected with members of the Team OSI Community Coaches Network in their area to help support their efforts.

 

At the same time our Community Partnerships Initiative brings together multiple organizations, interests, and stakeholders in communities to build capacity and increase outdoor sport opportunity at the local level. This also provides an opportunity for Team OSI Athletes and Community Coaches to put focused effort into growing community capacity, while at the same time reaching new potential members of Team OSI, helping to continuously grow a virtuous cycle of engagement and cultural change.

 

 

Data-Informed decision making and impact

We are committed to being a data-informed organization. We have worked with the University of Southern Maine’s Data Innovation Project to clearly define our work, achieve results, and track our impact. We are dedicated to providing thought leadership as an open-source, sharing what we learn for the benefit of all.

OSI Staff

OSI Board of Directors

OSI Development Committee

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OUTDOOR SPORT INSTITUTE

Andy Shepard

President/Chief Executive Officer

andy@outdoorsi.org

(207) 232-3304

 

Mike Smith

Chief Operating Officer &

Program Director

mike@outdoorsi.org

(207) 227-0250

 

Erin Jackson

Communications Manager

ej@outdoorsi.org

(617) 957-9015

 

Kyle Folsom

Office Manager

kyle@outdoorsi.org

(207) 492-1444

Seth Hubbard

Team Head Coach &

Initiative Coordinator

seth@outdoorsi.org

(207) 227-3867

 

Erin Fay

Team Head Coach &

Initiative Coordinator

erin@outdoorsi.org

(207) 692-7321

 

Josh Firmin

Team Head Coach &

Initiative Coordinator

josh@outdoorsi.org

(207) 554-0221

 

Justin Fereshetian

Team Head Coach &

Initiative Coordinator

Justin@outdoorsi.org

(207) 576-3778

 

Brian Threlkeld

Team Storyteller

brian@outdoorsi.org

(207) 492-1444

OSI Board of Directors

Richard L. Trafton - Chairman

Andy Shepard - President/CEO

Jon Prescott - Treasurer

 

Abe Furth

Jay T. Kearney

Minal Caron

Kaitlyn Bernard

Paul Berkner, DO, FAAP

Peter Hult

Sarah Guerette

Emma Pope-Welch

 

 

 

OSI Development Committee

Richard L. Trafton

Walter B. Frame III

Gary E. Adams

Ole M. Amundsen III

Chris Condon

Walt Shepard

Dana Connors

Theodora  J. Kalikow

John Couri

Bill Ferdinand

OUTDOOR SPORT INSTITUTE

OSI Staff

OSI Board of Directors

Richard L. Trafton - Chairman

Andy Shepard - President/CEO

Jon Prescott - Treasurer

 

Abe Furth

Jay T. Kearney

Minal Caron

Kaitlyn Bernard

Paul Berkner, DO, FAAP

Peter Hult

Sarah Guerette

Emma Pope-Welch

OSI Development Committee

Richard L. Trafton

Walter B. Frame III

Gary E. Adams

Ole M. Amundsen III

Chris Condon

Walt Shepard

Dana Connors

Theodora J. Kalikow

John Couri

Bill Ferdinand