March 25, 2008
Contact: Andrea Rodgers, President & CEO of The Courage Cup
Phone: 202-422-2692

Michael Saylor Donates $20,000 to the Courage Cup; Named Honorary Chairperson of Meadow Matches

(WASHINGTON, DC) – Andrea Rodgers, President and CEO of The Courage Cup, an IRS designated 501(c)(3) non-profit corporation established to help at-risk urban youth, is pleased to announce a $20,000 donation by Michael Saylor, CEO of MicroStrategy, to the organization. “I am proud to be supporting, and associated with an organization that provides such unique learning opportunities to at-risk children in our  community. Not only are these kids learning, but they are developing life skills and are shown how important education is to their future,” said Michael Saylor. Ms. Rodgers has named Mr. Saylor Honorary Chairman of Meadow Matches 2008, a day-long event that is The Courage Cup’s largest fundraiser.

Traditionally, the youth of the Work to Ride program play along side professional polo players in The Courage Cup match at Meadow Matches each June. This year, some of the youth from Work to Ride will be sporting Team MicroStrategy jerseys as they take on Team Aston-Martin in the 5th Annual Courage Cup Match. “I am thrilled to have MicroStrategy and Aston-Martin on board for Meadow Matches 2008,” said Ms. Rodgers.

The Courage Cup not only provides financial support to programs which help at-risk youth, but also donates much needed volunteers. The Courage Cup plans to support additional programs in the next year.

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About Inner City Outings
Inner City Outings (ICO) is a community outreach program that works with local social service agencies to provide low-income inner city youth with wilderness experiences.  The ICO program works to instill positive outlooks, environmental awareness, an appreciation for wilderness areas, physical fitness, and leadership skills in young people who often would not otherwise have the opportunity to enjoy or experience the outdoors.

Over the 27 years since the start of the DC ICO, volunteer leaders have conducted more than 1,350 educational, enjoyable, and safe outings for more than 5,000 youth who live in DC. DC ICO partners with four community-service organizations in Washington, DC to organize a series of enriching, enjoyable monthly outdoor learning experiences.

They have approximately 75 youth who participate outings every month. ICO partners with, and serves, the following neighborhoods:

  • Beacon House – serving the Edgewood Terrace neighborhood and surrounding Ward Five communities in Northeast D.C.
  • Highland Addition – serving the Highland Addition housing development in Anacostia.
  • Wheeler Creek – serving the Wheeler Creek housing development in Anacostia.

About Work to Ride
Work to Ride (WTR) provides youngsters with a positive outlet for their energy and an alternative to negative “street” activities. Participants develop discipline, responsibility, and life skills through training, riding, and performing horse care and barn management chores. They also develop confidence, self-esteem, and the skills necessary to complete successfully in their chosen activities. The youth are allowed to choose among various horse sports. While most are trained and talented in several sports, polo has proven to be the perennial favorite of WTR youth. In addition to acquisition of life-skills, WTR also emphasizes the necessity of academic achievement.
Staff and volunteers provide after school tutoring to help students maintain the passing grades required for program participation.

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