ABOUT THE AWARD
Recognizing DEMA Member Companies Advancing Society and Their Communities, Using Diving
The Diving Community Champion Award recognizes DEMA Member companies using diving to benefit their communities and the public.
There are three judging criteria for all entries:
- Showcasing Recreational Diving
- Realizing Objectives and Outcomes
Reach of the Activity, Project or Program
- Is the project or program local, national or international in scope (all qualify)?
- How many were impacted by the nominated activity?
- How did the activity or project positively impact the DEMA Member business’ communities or society?
All sizes and scopes of projects and activities are eligible for consideration, but the program should command appropriate resources to have the greatest possible reach. The size of the DEMA Member is considered.
Positively Showcasing Recreational Diving to the General Public
- Does the program or project utilize recreational diving to demonstrate diving’s significant contribution to the general public?
- Does the activity or project benefit recreational diving or depict diving in a positive light?
Realizing Objectives and Outcomes
Award-winning entries generate results that achieve the company’s defined and measurable objectives. Results should demonstrate how the program or project made a difference to the general public using recreational diving as a catalyst.
DIVING COMMUNITY CHAMPION AWARD RECIPIENTS
2019 Platinum Winner: ScubaRadio (Overboard Entertainment, Inc.)
ScubaRadio is a radio talk show with a diving theme and provides the forum to connect divers and listeners over stories about the perfect dive, destination, or encounter with some amazing sea creature. ScubaRadio covers all aspects of diving, including the best dive sites, dive gear, live-aboards, shark diving, and much more. Every week thousands of listeners are tuning into ScubaRadio via radio stations scattered throughout the US.
2019 Gold Winner: Save Our Leatherbacks Operation
Save Our Leatherbacks Operation (S.O.L.O.) started in 2002 and first focused on the critically endangered Leatherback Sea Turtle. Working on a remote nesting beach in Papua, Indonesia, in partnership with a local subsistence village, S.O.L.O. met its goal to significantly increase this sea turtle’s hatching rate. More recently, additional marine environmental projects within S.O.L.O.’s foundation structure have focused on clean up campaigns which have spawned more local community activity to help reduce marine litter.
2019 Silver Winner: Deep Sea Valkyries
Founded in 2014, Deep Sea Valkyries utilizes recreational scuba diving as an alternative form of therapy to injured veterans as a method to combat veteran suicide and enhance lives post-service. The veterans who participate in the program show a marked improvement in their quality of life and mental health. Since completing the program, past participants have gone back to school, given back to their community and other veterans through volunteer work, checked themselves into inpatient programs to get clean of the myriad of medications prescribed by the VA, and most importantly, continued to dive.
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