Best Day Foundation, which helps kids with special needs build confidence and self-esteem through safe, fun-filled adventure activities, is thrilled to announce Best Day at The Beach 2009, beginning in Long Branch, NJ June 13 and 14. The free half-day events 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. “It’s just wonderful to have Best Day Foundation back in Long Branch,” said City Councilman Brian Unger, a local surfer and former president of Surfers’ Environmental Alliance (SEA). “The sheer fun and joy these kids have in the water is amazing.”
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, share their excitement, and make friends. After an exciting day at the beach, each participant is individually honored for their achievements during an award ceremony.
Best Day volunteers hail from every community and industry, from professional athletes to entrepreneurs and business owners, to community leaders and servicemen and women. Some of this year’s Best Day volunteers include USCG rescue swimmer Tye Conklin, and New Jersey Chapter Co-Chair and USCG rescue swimmer Lake Downham, who says “The water is such a big part of my life. These kids love it. They have a great time. That’s what it’s all about.”
Best Day is still accepting volunteers and candidates for participation for this Summer and Fall’s day camps. Participation for kids with special needs is on a first-come, first-served basis and is limited for safety reasons. You must register your child in order for him or her to participate.
Best Day empowers communities across the country to come together to offer special days for children with special needs by providing services, support, training and business resources so that safe self-sufficient programs are created. Best Day is 100% volunteer-run from planning to event day and funded through donations, grants and generous sponsorships.
Upcoming Best Day Events:
Best Day at the Beach in Long Branch, New Jersey
• Saturday, June 13th, at Seven Presidents
• Sunday, June 14th, at Seven Presidents
• Saturday, July 11th, at Seven Presidents
• Sunday, July 12th, at Seven Presidents
Best Day at the Beach in Brick Township, New Jersey
• Saturday, July 25th, at Brick III
• Sunday, July 26th, at Brick III
Best Day at the Beach in Ventura, California
• Saturday, October 3rd, at Surfers’ Point
• Sunday, October 4th, at Surfers’ Point
About Best Day
Best Day (bestdayfoundation.org) is a registered 501(c)(3) non-profit (Tax-ID: 26-2223078) based in Santa Cruz, CA, founded in March 2008 by Max Montgomery and Brooks Lambert, two long-time Ride a Wave volunteers who wished to bring services like the award-winning Ride a Wave program to other communities. 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. Best Day is run by an experienced team and supported by generous sponsors who help keep the programs free for all. Our Best Day chapters make a big impact in their communities.