Kids with Special Needs Surf in Ventura, California
Best Day Foundation, which helps kids with special needs build confidence and self-esteem through safe, fun-filled adventure activities, is thrilled to announce two “Best Day at the Beach” events in Ventura, California on October 3rd and 4th. The two free half-day events at Ventura’s Harbor Cove (aka Kiddy Beach) include surfing, bodyboarding and kayaking – activities most children only dream of.
Every “Best Day at the Beach” event is free for kids with special needs including Autism, Down Syndrome, Cerebral Palsy, Blindness, Cancer, Spinal Cord injuries and other physical and developmental challenges. “We are excited to start a new Best Day chapter to serve the special kids in Ventura County,” said Max Montgomery, Best Day Co-Founder and Executive Director. “The local community has rallied for these kids, and we can’t wait to see them surf!”
Each kid is paired with trained volunteers and then begins their Best Day with fun exercises, fit for every special need, before gearing up to enjoy water and beach activities run by an experienced team of volunteers. The safe, fun activities are designed to expand their potential, create excitement, and connect them with new friends. After an exciting day at the beach and a warm lunch, each participant is individually honored for their achievements during an award ceremony.
Best Day is still accepting volunteers for these events. It’s not necessary to be surfer or get in the water to make a difference. Best Day volunteers range from school kids to senior citizens and they hail from every industry and profession. Chipper Bro Bell, local surfer, Patagonia employee, owner of Surfclass surf school, and Best Day Ventura Chapter Co-Chair says, “This is a wonderful opportunity to get together and share our love of the ocean with the children in our community who don’t often get the chance to enjoy the beautiful coastal environment.”
Participation for kids with special needs is on a first-come, first-served basis and is limited for safety reasons. Each child must be registered in order for him or her to participate.
Best Day held six similar beach events in New Jersey this June and July. See the website for photos and comments on the experience.
Best Day is 100% volunteer-run and funded through donations, grants and generous sponsorships. To volunteer or learn about sponsorship opportunities, please visit: http://www.bestdayfoundation.org/
About Best Day
Best Day is a registered 501(c)(3) non-profit (Tax-ID: 26-2223078) based in Santa Cruz, CA. Best Day helps kids with special needs build confidence and self-esteem through safe, fun-filled adventure activities including surfing, body boarding, kayaking, snow-tubing and more. It was founded in 2008 by Max Montgomery and Brooks Lambert, two long-time Ride a Wave volunteers who wished to bring similar services to other communities. A 100% volunteer organization, the experienced team is supported by generous sponsors who help keep the programs free for all. Best Day chapters
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