Letter from the Founder
To all volunteers, staff, and others, I would first like to say thank you for your desire to empower our kids. It has been my focus to impact parentless youth since 2009. While on a philanthropy trip, I decided that I would take my passion for water based sports, and my destiny to serve the most disenfranchised youth in America, and make it a reality. Since that faithful decision, I have had the opportunity to meet some amazing young people. What our Urban Surf 4 Kids team is doing around the globe is enabling young people to make life changing decisions. I will tell you a story of one of our youth, his name is Perris. This young man has had a difficult life, filled with depression, addiction, abuse, and abandonment. He is one of the youth that we had the opportunity to bring to San Diego from Nevada for one of our surf and serve events called, “So Cali Dreaming”. I was taking to Perris about how he enjoyed the day and I asked him if he learned anything from the day’s events. Without hesitation, and with a tear in his eye, Perris emphatically stated, “This is the best day of my life!”
This is the goal of every Urban Surf 4 Kids team member and event. Whenever we host an event, whether a surf camp, a serve the community event, or a simple talk with our youth, our goal is to make that day the best day in our youth’s life. It is said that it takes a village to raise a child. From the bottom of my heart, I wanted to welcome you to our family, our team, and our village. You are not simply teaching a child how to surf, or Stand up paddle board, or swim. You are empowering a young person to change from the inside out. Let our surf camps be the spring board to a life that is changed and impacted. Thank you again and welcome to the Urban Surf 4 Kids Ohana!