Insightful testimony from those we serve...

December 2019

What do our Scholarship families have to say about being a part of our program...Potential SPONSORS please watch to better understand who we are and what we do...

TEAM OF THE YEAR

September 29, 2019

Congratulations to TEAM Rats on da Cheese for taking home the Team of the Year 2019 with 181.50 total inches for Spring and the Fall.  Team Breakfast Beer/Capt Brian Harris finished 2nd with 179.00." Third Place was Nauticole Marine/Manny Chmielewski and 4th Team Slade Em/Marty Slade.  Team Rats on da Cheese from Bradenton were awarded  GTE gift cards to each individual angler. Looking for a SPONSOR for this category for 2020. 

2019 Fall Inshore Slam

September 28, 2019

The Fall Inshore Slam was another success! Congrats to Team Kolton guided by Capt Mike Goodwine for their 1st Place finish in the Adaptive Division with a slam of 72.5 inches. Check out the 2019 Fall Slam page for all the results.

Virtual Walk/Run/Roll

Annually

Walk for those who can't! Walk as a First Responder, a Nurse, a Mom or in memory of a loved one to help others who have suffered near fatal and life changing injuries that left them paralyzed.  Choose your team or walk for ALL. Encourage family, your employer and others to support you as you make a difference in the lives of some amazing individuals who need a HAND UP. 

2019 Spring Slam Overall Team Winner

March 23, 2019

Team Breakfast Beer/Capt Buka Harris took FIRST PLACE in the Spring Slam! See all the Winners HERE: (Click link)

GTE Rolls out Future Change for Charity

March 1, 2019

We are SO honored to be partnered with GTE and be the FIRST charity that was chosen to be the recipient of the Future Change program! It's SO exciting to know that we are going to be able to help MORE of those suffering this injury in MORE ways! It's so simple for GTE members (Free to join) as they use their debit cards for purchases, GTE will automatically round up your change from the transaction and send it to the Tighten The Drag Foundation Scholarship Fund. All you have to do is sign up for the Future Change program once you are a member and you can continue to save change for our Quality of Life program all year or you can change your charity at the end of  any month to benefit other worthy causes that GTE has selected to be the charities they support. We hope you will ALL help with this painless way to give! The burden is not heavy when we ALL lift!!

Team Tighten TEN CLUB

November 14, 2018

Be a Team Tighten TEN for THEM Donor! You can donate $10 on a recurring monthly basis through our Paypal account to pay for an hour and a half of specialized recovery therapy for one of our injured.  EVERY Donation matters!  Help someone who is paralyzed get back on their feet!  It's so easy, click the link below and check the recurring payment box and enter your monthly amount. You can do $10 (or more) to make a difference in the life of someone with spinal cord injury. 

Charity GuideStar

November 2018

Our organization earned a 2018 Platinum Seal of Transparency  (Highest level) on @GuideStarUSA! Now our community and potential donors, funders, and key decision makers can see our commitment to transparency and easily contact us for more information. Check us out: https://www.guidestar.org/profile/46-1427712

Ebay for Charity & Amazon SMILE

Ongoing

When you make your purchases online through Ebay or AMAZON SMILE, be sure to choose Tighten The Drag Foundation as your charity! We receive a very small donation for each purchase but every bit helps!

Duck Derby Returns Spring 2020

March 2020

Come out and support our Spinal Cord Injured Children or purchase a DUCK for the derby for just $5 or buy a QUACK PACK for $25! You do NOT need to be present to win. Winners receive a $100 GTE Financial Mastercard PrePaid Gift Card. Choose your team or help all three! #TeamHAYDEN #TeamLAYLA #TeamJACEN 

Scholarship Recipients

April 2017

Title Sponsor GTE Financial has made Tighten The Drag Foundation its CHARITY OF THE MONTH for the month of MARCH each year. In 2019, their employees raised over $20,000 for individuals with Spinal Cord Injuries. GTE Exec VP/COO Chad Burney suffered a Spinal Cord Injury himself as a result of a fall from a hunting blind in 2014. Chad now sits on the Board of Tighten The Drag Foundation as the Director of Partnerships helping to develop corporate sponsorships to fund the Quality of Life Scholarship Programs.  

GTE Sponsors!

January 2017

We are so proud to announce the support of GTE Financial as a business that cares about those with disabilities. Their support will change lives and offer HOPE for those recovering from catastrophic spinal cord injuries. Sign up as a GTE member in any of their 23 branch locations in 14 cities and donate to Tighten The Drag Foundation in their Future Change program starting March 1, 2019! For every purchase you make using your debit card, you can "round up" your purchase and delegate those funds to go to our charity to help fund Spinal Injury Recovery. If you already have a GTE account, you can personally start the program now and just make a donation on your own until March 1. :)  

What are our Injured up to?

January 1, 2016

What are the injured that we support doing today? Well check out the updates on their therapy progress, adaptive activities, accomplishments, fundraising efforts and more as we continue to support them on their journey to recovery.

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2019 TEAM Sponsors
Supporting Disabled Injured
What Quality of Life Looks Like...
Team Kolton
Still able to fish!
Team Trevor
In the woods again!
Team Melissa
A decade of disability with a smile
Team CaptRobert
Capt Robert teaching fishing
Team Nate
Team Sam
Team Christina
Team Bryce
Airboating after 10 years
Team Tony
from total paralysis to one his feet fishing
Team Layla
on her feet and dancing!
MariahStrong
You'd never know she was paralyzed. Strength.
Team Aaron
Team Aaron getting it done on the water
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Upcoming Events

Walk/Roll/Stroll

Fall 2019

Walk/Run/Roll/Stroll with us in our Virtual Fundraiser. Sponsored participants receive t-shirt, keepsake medal, runners goodie bag, bib. Walk for those who can't for $25 or be a Green Ribbon Team leader and get 10 team sponsors for a total of a $250 donation. Spinal Injured will be walking also during Sept, National Spinal Cord Injury Awareness Month at their recovery centers in multiple ways! Stay tuned for info on a 5K we are planning for September.
Enter Virtual Walk and walk on your own time, wherever, whenever you prefer and log in your time for Tighten The Drag Foundation medal. More details on the WALK/RUN page.

Spring Inshore Slam Fishing Tournament

March 20-21, 2020

Join us at the Magnuson Resort for our annual Spring Inshore Slam tournament! Capts Meeting Friday 7-10pm March 22, 2019. Tournament Overall Division fishing begins 12:01am. Photo Release Weigh In 3pm. Early PREPAID anglers will receive a Capts bucket with items from our Sponsors. Registration OPEN online now!

Kids Duck Derby Race

March 21,2020

Sign up to support our Spinal Cord Injured Kids by purchasing a Duck for the race for $5 or a Quack Pack for $25. You can support one child or all those who participate with a general donation . Derby race will be conducted at the Spring Inshore Slam in the Magnuson Resort Pool. Help our paralyzed kids have a chance at recovery by sponsoring their therapy.  Donate as a family! Four Quack Packs will pay for an HOUR of specialized therapy.  

Fall Inshore Slam Fishing Tournament

September 18-19, 2020

9th Annual Fall Inshore Slam & Awards Party at the beautiful Magnuson Resort Marina Cove. Capts Meeting 6-10pm; Tournament begins 12:01am Overall Division. Photo Release Weigh In 3:00pm. Awards Presentation, Raffle and After Party 2-6pm. Registration open ONLINE. Questions? info@tightenthedragfoundation.org

Golf Classic

TBA

Golf Classic- 8am  Mega ticket includes all games and chance to enter special raffle. Golf ball Drop Raffle $10 per ball (or 3/$25) for chance to win 30% payback. Hole Sponsors $100 first time businesses, $75 previous supporters. Many Sponsorship opportunities and ways to help.  More info coming soon.

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We are a Florida based 501(c)3 non profit public charity. EIN-46-1427712 

Funds raised through our events will provide scholarships that allow the Injured to attend Activity Based exercise therapy rehabilitative and recovery programs either in home with a personal trainer or in licensed facilities,  participate in adaptive sports and  enjoy recreational activities .

We also provide emotional support and guidance for the Injured and their family Caregivers.

 

We Support therapeutic Adaptive Sports programs and recreational outings for the injured to get back into a healthy lifestyle with improved Quality of Life. 

Want to take a fishing trip or attend Archery camp? Need tuition for a day of water skiiing or surfing with a certified program? Let us know!

We have a network of support and resources for family Caregivers so that they can continue to offer optimal care for their loved one.

We are 100% Volunteer!

Your donations MAKE a DIFFERENCE to those who suffer life changing injuries of the spinal cord.

Tomorrow it could be YOU or a loved one in need of help.

A broken neck or back are commonly caused by vehicle accidents, sporting activities, accidental falls, violence or other types of trauma.

Someone in our country is paralyzed every 38 minutes. Insurances do NOT COVER specialized recovery therapy.

Injuries commonly occur to children and young adults  age 16-30 but can happen to anyone at any age. No one is immune.  

YOUR HELP IS NEEDED to offer Rehabilitation, HOPE and Opportunity for Recovery!

 

Mission Statement:

To extend the OPPORTUNITY for recovery and a better quality of life for those who have suffered 

a life changing paralyzing Spinal Cord Injury as a result of a catastrophic accident. 

Spinal Cord Injuries

The average newly injured person with a spinal cord injury will incur 1 million dollars in medical costs in their first year. If you are injured at age 25, your estimated lifetime costs will exceed 5 million dollars.  The average yearly medical costs after the first year can average $50,000-$100,000 depending on the level of injury. 

​ There are approximately 17,500 new spinal cord injuries in the US every year. There are over a half million people living with spinal cord injuries (SCI) in the United States.

Every 38 minutes in our country, a person becomes paralyzed. Vehicle accidents are the leading cause, with Falls being the second leading cause.

Sports related injuries are less than 10% of all spinal cord injuries but of the 10%, diving accidents account for 7%. 

There are over 5.6 million people in the US living with some type of Paralysis caused by Stroke, Multiple Sclerosis, Cancer,

Spinal Cord Injury, Transverse Myelitis and other nervous system disorders. Roughly 1 in 50 people.

 

 

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 501(c)3 Non profit Public Charity EIN-46-1427712

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