Adventure Series Continues: Paddle Boarder Daniel Lee Uses Passion to Raise Money

by BLAKE PIESCHKE, CSU Public Relations Intern

Daniel Lee on the bank of the Mississippi River


Life on the Mississippi observed from atop a paddleboard will be the next local perspective shared in the continuing Mankato Adventure Speaker Series.

On Wednesday, March 10, at 7 p.m., the Maverick Adventures Outdoor Program continues its livestream speaker series with Daniel Lee.

An accomplished paddler, Lee will share his experiences of paddling the Mississippi River in a livestream presentation on the Maverick Adventures’s Facebook page.

Since 2016, Mankato native Daniel Lee has pursued a love for paddle boarding. Making daily 6 a.m. treks on the Mississippi River, Lee took his passion to the next level in 2017.

Lee challenged himself to a 2,300-mile journey down the entire Mississippi River starting at its mouth at Lake Itasca in northern Minnesota to the finish at the Gulf of Mexico.

People thought he was crazy, but he was doing it for a good reason.

Lee took on the challenge to raise money for the American Camp Association scholarships to aid children who couldn’t afford to go to summer camp.

“Being from Minnesota, I have always wanted to journey the entire Mississippi. The opportunity has arrived, and I cannot do it selfishly, which is why I’ve set up a fundraiser to give all of the donations to the American Camp Association,” wrote Daniel Lee on his GoFundMe page.

American Camp Association Logo

For three summers, Lee worked as a Camp Counselor at one of the top ACA Camps in the nation.

After 55 days of paddling, Lee finally reached the Gulf of Mexico and raised $6,295 for the ACA.

To hear more about his experiences on his journey, tune in on March 10 at 7 p.m. on their Facebook page at Maverick Adventures at Minnesota State University, Mankato | Facebook.

If you missed the first night of the Mankato Adventure Speaker Series featuring Kevin Langston, you can watch the recording here!


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