May 7, 2015, Santa Barbara, CA - Best Day Foundation, an award winning non-profit dedicated to helping children with special needs build confidence and self-esteem through adventure activities such as surfing, begins their summer season with 2 events in Santa Barbara on Saturday May 30 and Sunday May 31 at Leadbetter Beach.
This is the beginning of the third year for the Best Day Santa Barbara chapter. This year they will be hosting 4 events serving 180 children with special needs related to developmental, physical, and injury or illness induced.
“We have had phenomenal interest and support from the community from the very first day we got started. We’re so excited to kick off the Best Day season with these 2 events which will allow up to 90 children with special needs to enjoy a day at the beach, tandem surfing, body boarding, kayaking, outrigger canoeing, stand up paddling, and all round fun on the beach.” said Heather Smith the chapter chairperson.
Best Day is a volunteer supported organization where typically 100 to as many as 150 volunteers show up to share their knowledge and passion with kids who might not otherwise have the chance to feel the thrill of riding a wave.
Mike Wathen the Santa Barbara Safety Director shared, “We often hear the parents tell us that they don’t think their child will want to try one of our activities, and most of the time, with the patience of the volunteers, we get even the wary child to give it a try only to then find that it’s almost impossible to get them out of the water.”
“Magical things can happen at Best Day events. We’ve had 3 experiences where non-verbal children with Autism spoke for the first time while attending one of our events. First words ranged from; “Boogie board, boogie board, boogie board” from a 10 year old boy who didn’t even want to try body boarding and then shouted this when being escorted to try tandem surfing to, “I love my mom” on Mother’s Day no less, by a 13 year old girl. You can only imaging the tears of joy that we shed among the parents and the volunteers fortunate to be a part of such a heartwarming experience.” Said Brooks Lambert, founder of Best Day Foundation
There are still a few spots open for each of the four upcoming events. Go to the Best Day website, www.bestdayfoundation.org/participate-info and find the link for the appropriate day to register your child with special needs.
Best Day is also always looking to add to their volunteer roster. No special experience or expertise is required and there are roles for everyone – just bring your helping hands and an open heart, we provide the smiles!
About Best Day Foundation
Best Day Foundation is a registered 501(c)(3) non-profit (Tax-ID: 26-2223078) enabling children with special needs ranging from Autism, Down Syndrome, Cerebral Palsy, Cystic Fibrosis, Blindness, Cancer, Spinal Cord Injuries, and other physical & developmental challenges to build confidence and self-esteem through adventure activities like surfing and snow sports. . Best Day is run by an experienced team and supported by many generous sponsors who help keep the programs free for all. The organization has served more than 4,000 children at 121 events in CA, NJ, and NY, since 2008. Visit www.bestdayfoundation.org to learn more.