Stanley is not personally accepting sponsorship funds for the Kiwi Spirit project, but instead is using this unique experience to raise money for the Foundation for Physical Therapy, which is a national organization closely associated with the American Physical Therapy Association. Stanley is not only a trustee of the Foundation but he has raised money for the Foundation before from other adventures.

The profession of physical therapy has only in recent years become autonomous and is now responsible for the quality of what it does in assisting patients and clients restore, maintain and enhance their physical functioning. Stanley’s particular interest is in challenging orthopaedic surgery, which is all too willing to replace knees and hips and to fuse spines. He believes that physical therapy gives a better result and a better quality of life with less complications and fatalities at less cost. He sees the problem for this idea is that there is little long term research to prove this is the case and that’s what he would like this money to do.

So why should you donate? Because such funds will assist the research that improves the quality of care and the quality of life provided by physical therapists. Stanley believes there are better alternatives and would like to help in raising money for research for this reason.

Sail with Stanley by making a tax deductible donation, and your name will be placed on board Kiwi Spirit for the voyage around the globe. 100% of your contribution goes to the Foundation for Physical Therapy.


Widely known as a pioneer in the field of physical therapy, Stanley Paris, PT, PhD, FAPTA, FAAOMPT, founded the University of St. Augustine for Health Sciences. Since his immigration to the U.S. from New Zealand in 1966, he has been actively involved in research, clinical practice and teaching in the area of orthopaedic and manual physical therapy. He has published more than 40 articles in physical therapy, medical and osteopathic journals and a book, The Spinal Lesion (1965). As an avid supporter of the Foundation for Physical Therapy, Stanley would like others to join his mission of helping fund this important non-profit organization.