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Jan 07 2021

A True Inspiration

By Sarah Reynolds for The Island Connection

The Charleston County Parks Foundation was recently named a recipient of one of the 2021 True Inspiration Awards from Chick-fil-A. The award includes a grant of $125,000.

The True Inspiration Awards were founded in 2015 to honor Chickfil-A founder S. Truett Cathy. The awards honor and support community organizations from across the United States and Canada that are making a positive impact in the areas of hunger, homelessness and education. In 2020, Chick-fil-A announced that the awards would support Black-led nonprofits or those that impact communities of color.

The Charleston County Parks Foundation is a nonprofit organization formed in 1990 by the Charleston County Park and Recreation Commission. Its mission is to help all residents experience Charleston County Parks and programs.

“We look forward to increasing the number of children and families we support by continuing to remove barriers throughout underserved areas of Charleston County,” said CCPRC Business Development Manager Matt Rosebrock.

The foundation currently is working on four projects: The Genesis Project, which focuses on drowning prevention in the Lowcountry by raising funds to offer aquatic programs in Johns Island, Awendaw, McClellanville, Ravenel and Hollywood; the Pass It Forward Project, which provides opportunities and scholarships for all members of the community to enjoy parks and programs; and the McLeod Plantation Historic Site Project, which supports the Charleston County Park and Recreation Commission’s cultural and historical research, preservation, interpretation and education for diverse audiences, with an emphasis on underrepresented histories at this site and throughout Charleston County Parks. The SK8 Forward Project introduces the sport of skateboarding to those who may not have had the opportunity to experience it, offering free admission, instruction, safety awareness and use of equipment while at CCPRC’s SK8 Charleston skate park.

The Charleston County Parks Foundation, one of 34 organizations recognized by this year’s awards, was nominated by Chick-fil-A operator Jason Williams.

For more information on The Charleston County Parks Foundation, call 843-762-2172 or visit

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