The Havens Leadership Award rewards individuals whose practices and behaviors best serve the interests and success of USA Canoe/Kayak. The award is named after the Havens family.
During the 20th century, several generations of Havens' men competed in the Olympic games and won medals for the American team in canoeing. During all of their Olympic careers, the ACA was the official governing body of the Olympics for canoeing and was solely responsible for training and preparing all canoeist competing on behalf of the United States.
The Havens' story is one of sacrifice, determination, and hard work that inspires people around the world and encourages people to push themselves to their greatest potential. The following video is about the Havens family and their amazing Olympic story. This video is made available for viewership courtesy of Bud Greenspan and Cappy Productions Inc.
The ACA continues to encourage today's youth to actively participate in paddlesports by offering a variety of opportunities for them to get involved in paddlesports.
For more information on ACA opportunities for young athletes, click here.