The RWO 2023 Cates Cup Winner, T/S Motorsports MTI Driver, and client relations manager for Marine Technology Inc., Taylor Scism, found herself in an unexpected role during MTI’s New Year’s Eve Fun Run for owners in the Florida Keys. The Cates Cup winner not only embodies team spirit and sportsmanship but also stands out for their outstanding contributions to the community, actively participating in initiatives that give back and create a lasting positive influence. While handling routine hospitality chores, Scism became the key coordinator for the return of a 600-pound leatherback sea turtle adding a unique and compassionate twist to the weekend’s festivities. Continue reading to learn more about the MTI sea turtle rescue!
During events for MTI owners, client relations manager Taylor Scism has any number of predictable, hospitality-centric chores to handle. This weekend, with customers of the Wentzville, Mo., company community together in the Middle Florida Keys for New Year’s Eve, is no exception.
But what Scism didn’t expect was coordinating the return of a 600-pound leatherback sea turtle to the Gulf Stream today from Turtle Hospital in Marathon, just a quick ride from Hawk’s Cay Resort, the host venue for this weekend’s New Year’s Eve Fun Run for MTI owners.
Scism learned about the turtle through an Instagram post. Earlier this week, the creature had washed ashore on Miami’s famed South Beach and was too exhausted to make it back offshore. The turtle was transported to the Marathon facility for treatment of minor injuries before its return to the sea.
Scism paused, then chuckled. “They named him Mojo, which was perfect,” she said, then laughed again. “Because we once built an MTI catamaran called Mojo.”