More than 100 kids will paddle 11 miles from Goleta Pier to East Beach in an annual
event, providing financial and emotional support for a local child battling a life threatening
In 2008, the Keiki Paddle was created to give kids the chance to engage in a firsthand
experience of helping others and bring support to families in need. Every year, children ages 7
to 18 participate in an open ocean paddle to provide emotional and financial support to a Santa
Barbara child battling a life threatening illness, while contributing to another local nonprofit.
The Keiki board is made up of 13 teens, ages 14 to 18, who strive to instill the fundamental concept
of giving back to our community.
The 2016 keiki beneficiary goes to 17 year old Jessica Blanco and this year’s nonprofit
organization is Hugs For Cubs. The Keiki Paddle will take place on July 23, 2016 and will cover
11 miles, starting at Goleta Pier and ending at East Beach in Santa
Founded by pitcher Eric Pintard, the Hugs For Cubs nonprofit
organization, connects baseball players with children who are battling
cancer.The program is run by the Santa Barbara Foresters semipro
baseball team. They are concerned with providing emotional and financial
help to those who need it the most. We are very fortunate to be giving to
such an amazing nonprofit
who holds the same ideals and desires as us.
Amongst her friends Jessica is known as Jessica “Strong”, and
she certainly deserves that name. On February 5, 2016 Jessica was
diagnosed with a brain tumor. She has shown enormous strength and
willpower while being faced with 31 days of radiation treatment. Jessica
graduated this year from Dos Pueblos High School and is attending Santa
Barbara City College in the fall. She enjoys spending time at the beach
with her friends. Jessica impresses us all with her ability to stay strong and now it is our turn to
show her our strength.
Fortunately, you can support Jessica and Hugs For Cubs. The payments can be done
online through FirstGiving or made out to the Keiki Paddle. If you have any questions about the
Keiki Paddle, you can visit the Keiki Website www.keikipaddle.org or contact Tavis Boise at
or email him at firstname.lastname@example.org . Remember, any amount counts
and you can continue donating after the Keiki Paddle on July 23, 2016.