School project a 'breakthrough' for sailors with disabilities

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When Tyler Fleig of Portsmouth, R.I., was trying to choose a senior project last summer, he sought advice from Paul Callahan, his boss at Sail to Prevail in Newport.

Fleig has been an instructor for the last two years with the organization, which creates opportunities for children and adults with disabilities to overcome adversity through therapeutic sailing. For two years before that, he was a volunteer for the organization.

Fleig told Callahan that he wanted to combine his work at Sail to Prevail with his experience in robotics that goes back to his years at Portsmouth Middle School. As an example of his robotics skills, he was one of six New Englanders who qualified as a FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) Dean’s List World Finalist. His team won the prestigious Chairman’s Award.

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