Ensuring a Strong General Aviation Community for the Next Generation

A Personal Message from Hal Shevers

AOPA Pilot Sporty's Hal Shevers Pilot Shop Flight Line Aztec AOPA Merchandise Portrait Julie Boatman Mark SchaibleYou might say we are singularly focused at The Sporty’s Foundation. Our mission is to do what we can to ensure that young people are exposed to the possibility of aviation both as a career and a lifestyle. As such, I am proud to report that The Sporty’s Foundation has been and continues to be the largest contributor to EAA’s Young Eagles program.

We’ve been a supporter of Young Eagles from its inception. We are proud we helped make a good program even better with the enhancement of Next Step, a program by which all Young Eagles have access to Sporty’s award-winning private pilot video course – at no cost to them. Through our financial donations and the value of our courses, The Sporty’s Foundation leads the way as Young Eagles’ largest benefactor.

Aviation Exploring is another program close to my heart. As a Distinguished Eagle Scout, I am eager to support the Boy Scouts of America Learning for Life efforts. Aviation Exploring is open to both young women and young men, and it gives them an introduction to the aviation community and the varied careers to be found there.

An integral part of my work with Aviation Exploring is as the lead supporter of the annual scholarship program. We have the “good kids” already identified through their Aviation Exploring participation and give the best of them a hand up in their college studies. Along with The Sporty’s Foundation, other forward-thinking aviation organizations and individuals have joined us to help fund this important scholarship program.

It’s good to give back to the industry that has been my home for my entire career. Through your financial support of The Sporty’s Foundation, you can join me in these and other crucial programs for young people. As a reminder, Sporty’s covers all administrative costs for The Sporty’s Foundation – from staffing to postage and everything in between. That’s your guarantee that, unlike many charitable efforts, every dollar you donate will go straight to programs to help change the course of the lives of worthy young people.

Best regards,

Hal Shevers


The Next generation needs a support team

We talk about the general aviation community, and that’s what it is – not just pilots and aircraft owners, but all the skilled technicians that support them. With glass cockpits, composite technology, and new powerplants, maintenance and support are all the more necessary.

It’s all about the young people

The Sporty’s Foundation strives to reach young people at the earliest possible age. Since its inception EAA’s Next Step has been the primary recipient of Foundation funds. This program ensures that every EAA Young Eagle has a place to go next after the initial spark from their Young Eagle ride.

If you are interested in funding an Aviation Exploring scholarship or creating a named scholarship in memory of a loved one, please contact me directly at Hal@sportys.com or 513.735.9100 ext 209.