The Dedman School of Hospitality is a nationally and internationally recognized institution. Top hospitality organizations hire young men and women each year into entry-level management positions. Graduates of the program enjoy top managerial and ownership positions in hotels, resorts, restaurants, clubs and other facets of the hospitality and golf industries. The requirement of a practical, on-the-job experience, where students apply classroom knowledge to the workplace, prepares the Dedman School of Hospitality graduate for the operations challenges of this industry. The RIPITT Foundation, Inc. has established an endowment in the name of Ian Trent Taylor. The endowment supports annual scholarships to hospitality students of like mind and values. One of the most rewarding benefits of an education in the Dedman School of Hospitality at Florida State University is an environment in which students are given the opportunity to develop to their fullest potential. All of the school’s energies and resources are devoted exclusively to preparing each student for a professional career.
Founded in 1985, BIAF is Florida’s only statewide nonprofit organization dedicated to inform, educate, support and advocate on behalf of traumatic brain injury (TBI) survivors, their families and caregivers. BIAF has several offices located in communities and trauma centers throughout Florida, where Resource Coordinators are available to communicate by phone and in person to assist the TBI survivor and family member. Resource Coordinators provide ongoing, proactive, phone and in person support to the TBI family in the hospital, at home and in the community. Resource Coordinators are available to help families from the time the injury occurs throughout the various phases of recovery, and are experts in national, statewide and local resources necessary to live stable and productive lives. They connect families to the right resources and ensure that the resources are responsive and accessible to meet the needs of the individual.
The Jimmy CORE Foundation is a nonprofit organization focusing on providing essential life comforts to the homeless community. There are more than 500,000 homeless people in the United States and most are searching for essential life comforts of food, clothing and shelter. This number continues to grow and the Jimmy CORE Foundation believes it is their responsibility to help as many of these individuals possible. The foundation focuses on providing essential life comforts so that this group can focus energy on returning to their place in society. The Jimmy CORE Foundation mission has three goals; (1) provide food, clothing and shelter for homeless people (2) educate and inspire others to lift this group up to achieve higher levels of living (3) preserve and maintain the spirit of Jimmy Core.
Phi Delta Theta was built on three pillars….the cultivation of friendship among its members, the acquirement individually of a high degree of mental culture, and the attainment personally of a high standard of morality; more commonly referred to the principles as friendship, sound learning and rectitude. Helping every individual meet his true potential is the bedrock of the Phi Delta Theta Fraternity. By celebrating each person’s true self, and by learning from each other’s strengths while helping to improve each other’s weaknesses, every member of Phi Delta Theta develops into a greater version of himself than he could ever on his own. Trent was an active member of the Phi Delta Theta Chapter at Florida State University. The RIPITT Foundation, Inc., has established a scholarship in Trent’s memory for a brother who exemplifies the values and virtues, drive and ambitions of our late son.
XL.ENT Soccer (Excelling Exceptional Needs Through Soccer) is the only indoor soccer program in Central Florida that caters to children with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) The program started in June 2014 and has since benefited over 70 families from the Orlando area. Players aged between 8-14 participate in a weekly training session at XL Soccer World. With no emphasis on competition the group work on their individual soccer skills, balance, coordination, speed and agility; the class focuses on developing basic soccer skills and socializing in a safe, fun, pressure-free environment.
XL.ENT works in conjunction with the UCF Center for Autism and Related Disabilities and PALS – Providing Autism Links and Support. The mission of PALS is to create opportunities for individuals, of all ages, with autism spectrum disorders (ASD), registered with the UCF Center for Autism & Related Disabilities (UCF-CARD) by providing state-of-the-art social inclusive community programs in Orange, Osceola, Brevard, Sumter, Lake, Volusia, and Seminole counties to optimize positive outcomes as they learn, play, work and live.