Newport Aquatic Center was a vision of Billy Whitford back in the 1980's. He had the idea to create a nonprofit that would allow individuals of all walks of life access to water sports like rowing, canoeing, kayaking and outrigger canoeing. On any given day at NAC you will find a range of participants from first time watermen to Olympic athletes scurrying about.
Evidence of Billy Whitford's vision and dream has been realized through hard work building programs like the highly regarded rowing program, Santa Ana's Project PRIDE program for kids, Makapo program for the visially impaired, Junior outrigger and more.
NAC is a home and family to many people both far and near. As quoted from a Daily Pilot article (dated 12/27/16), "The stories of people who Billy Whitford has positively impacted over the past 20 years could fill a book".
For many of us, this is a place that we cherish very dearly. Billy and the NAC team are the heart of NAC.
As many of you know, there has been a complaint filed again Billy Whitford, 3 Directors (Jim Netzer, Bill Grant, Jon Van Cleave) and 4 employees (Kel Thompson, Malia Hohl, Maika Scott and Jose Jimenez). The complaint contains various causes and requests, one of which is removal of Billy and others from their positions at NAC.
This GOFUNDME account is setup to support Billy and the others against the complaint. The funds will go directly to Billy and those that have been named in the complaint to help with costs involved with countering the complaint.
Please support Billy and the team in order to preserve the current culture that makes NAC so special to all of us.
- Vicror Abraham
- Linda Hay
- Bonnie Sherar
- Diana Lietz
- Deidre Spicer
Organizer and beneficiary