Shake-A-Leg Miami sailed into South Florida in 1990 from Newport, Rhode Island, after 22-year-old Harry Horgan became paralyzed from an automobile accident. Harry started Shake-A-Leg as a non-profit organization with the idea of helping himself and others maximize their independence. In 1990, Dr. Barth Green, Chief of Neurosurgery at Jackson Memorial Hospital and a co-founder of the Miami Project to Cure Paralysis, recruited Harry to start a year-round program in South Florida. Since then, Harry has created and overseen an array of rehabilitation, recreation, and educational programs that have served to improve the lives of literally thousands of people. He participated in the design and development of a universally-accessible sailboat called the Freedom Independence and the creation of the Shake-A-Leg Miami Community Watersports Center, a public/private partnership with the City of Miami and a host of community-based organizations.
Today, SALM works in partnership with the City of Miami, Miami-Dade County Public Schools, and a number of community organizations, federal, state, and local agencies, foundations, and private philanthropists to serve people with disabilities, disadvantaged children and their families, as well as community at large. The Center has become a public gathering place and a Gateway to the Bay and beyond.
Harry is a graduate of Providence College where he received a Bachelor of Science Degree in Business and an Honorary Doctorate Degree in Health Services. He resides in Miami, Florida, with his wife, Susie, and son, Eli.