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Special Needs Teacher Shares Lessons Learned on TEDx Talks WRIGHTSVILLE BEACH, NC – Jack Viorel's teaching career began 25 years ago in a classr… Read More
Special Needs Teacher Shares Lessons Learned on TEDx Talks WRIGHTSVILLE BEACH, NC – Jack Viorel's teaching career began 25 years ago in a classroom with medically-fragile, special needs, and at-risk kids. "That first year was a big wipeout ... I had to find a way to make it work," said Viorel, sharing his story with TEDx at the University of Tennessee in March. Robert B Butler | PR | Raleigh | Wilmington www.NCPressRelease.com www.RBButler.com Read Less
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Helen Keller Foundation Month 
Hearing Impaired Surf Camp
Wrightsville Beach, NC
July 27-30, 2015
Special Needs Teacher Shares Lessons Learned on TEDx Talks
IndoJax Surf Charities / Wrightsville Beach / Photography by Richard Perry
 
WRIGHTSVILLE BEACH, N.C. – Jack Viorel’s teaching career began 25 years ago in a classroom with medically-fragile, special needs, and at-risk kids. “That first year was a big wipeout … I had to find a way to make it work,” said Viorel, sharing his story with TEDx Talks at the University of Tennessee in March.
 
Nine years ago, with more experience and brimming with new ideas, Viorel moved his family to Wilmington, North Carolina and opened his own uncommon school.
 
“To succeed in teaching,” maintains Viorel, “there are three fundamentals: inclusion, self-esteem, and a vehicle to open a child’s mind.” In Viorel’s case, he and his staff use surfing as a means to reach children and open their minds.
 
“Surfing is our vehicle,” Viorel said. “It is not our goal. For the autistic child our goal might be to improve communication skills; for the child with cerebral palsy it could be mobility; for the child that’s blind our goal might be to shed limiting beliefs; for the orphan girl in India, it could be about building self-worth.”
 
“We decided to include anyone, everyone, especially those most excluded,” said Viorel. “We are never going to tell anyone we cannot help them.”
 
Thousands of students and many success stories later, Viorel’s techniques have gained acclaim and support. Services were expanded to include wounded soldiers to help with their physical and mental adjustment to life after injury.
 
In 2015, IndoJax Surf Charities will serve a record number of people in the U.S. and India thanks to grants and support from United Health Care, the Helen Keller Foundation, AlertTile, First Bank, Eco Media, Trot Nixon Family, Blockade Runner Beach Resort, and many other organizations and individuals. Programs are provided at no charge to participants.
 
“We want to leave the world a better place,” said Keller Johnson-Thompson, Vice President of the Helen Keller Foundation, announcing a three-year grant for vision and hearing-impaired children in 2014. 
 
“We are pleased to support these inventive programs which bring joy, self-esteem, and confidence to children and wounded soldiers,” said Mary Baggett, co-owner of Blockade Runner Beach Resort, a long-time supporter of charitable surf camps at Wrightsville Beach.
 
Derek Rabelo of Brazil
July 13-17, Brazilian surfer Derek Rabelo, born completely blind at birth, will assist teachers and students at the 2015 Visually Impaired Surf Camp in Wrightsville Beach. Beyond Sight, the story about Rabelo’s dream to surf Pipeline will be presented Thursday evening, July 16, at Blockade Runner Beach Resort.
 
Rabelo, a professional surfer sponsored by Billabong, travels the world surfing in a non-competitive role. “Now 22, Rabelo has surfed four seasons in Hawaii where he has won the admiration of world champions Kelly Slater and Mick Fanning,” wrote Richard Noone of Australia’s The Daily Telegraph.
 
“I love making a difference in a child’s life. I love helping a child to be successful, and I really love helping the underdog,” adds Viorel.
 
 
 
 
Surf Camp Calendar
Apr 13-26  Homes of Hope Orphanage, India
Apr 18  Wounded Warriors
May 26-29  Boys and Girls Clubs, Wilmington and Wrightsville
Jun 22-25  Children from Belarus
(Helen Keller Month-July)
Jul 13-17  Visually Impaired Surf Camp
Jul 27-30  Hearing Impaired Surf Camp
Aug 3-6  Boys and Girls Home of Waccamaw
(Autism Week)
Aug 17-18  Surfers Healing
Aug 19-21  Autism Surf Camp
Aug 22  Cystic Fibrosis, Mauli Ola Foundation
Sep 12  Wounded Warriors
Oct 3  Reunion Surf Day
 
Contact:
 
Jack Viorel, Director
IndoJax Surf Charities
Jack@IndoJaxSurfSchool.com
910-274-3565
  
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Helen Keller Foundation to Support North Carolina Surf Camps
Courtesy of Jack Viorel
Wrightsville Beach, NC – “We want to leave the world a better place,” said Keller Johnson-Thompson, announcing a three-year program supporting North Carolina surf camps for visual and hearing impaired children.
 
Johnson-Thompson is great-grand niece of Helen Keller, and serves as Vice President of the Helen Keller Foundation in Tuscumbia, Alabama.
 
Helen Keller, both deaf and blind due to infant illness, left an inspirational legacy of achievement against insurmountable odds. Keller’s advocacy to “see the possibilities” continues today through the Helen Keller Foundation. 
Courtesy of Jack Viorel
“Water is magical,” said Jack Viorel, President of North Carolina’s Indo Jax Surf Charities. “As water opened doors for Helen Keller, surf camps tap inner-joy and self-confidence, removing barriers for the future.” Keller Johnson-Thompson agreed, saying, “We know surf camp will open doors and opportunities for these kids.” 
Courtesy of Jack Viorel
Alex Munroe, committed supporter of the Helen Keller Foundation said, “Surf Camp will provide a gateway for the children to jump into the water and follow Helen Keller’s example of taking risks.” Munroe’s company, Alert Tile, manufactures warning systems used around the world at crosswalks and on walkways. Alert Tile donates a portion of all sales to the Keller Foundation.
Courtesy of Jack Viorel
Indo Jax Surf Charities will conduct the Keller-backed visual and hearing impaired surf camps in July. The North Carolina camps are open to children regardless of state or nationality.
Courtesy of Jack Viorel
Wrightsville Beach and surrounding communities have a long history of reaching out to special needs kids and adults. Life Rolls On, for people with spinal injuries; Surfers Healing for children with autism; Wounded Warriors surf camps; Juvenile Diabetes and Cystic Fibrosis camps; all designed to help people realize possibilities and move forward in life.
Special Diet and Lodging
 
For special menu and lodging needs contact Blockade Runner Beach Resort, a long-time supporter of charitable surf camps.  Call 910.256.2251 or visit www.blockade-runner.com
2014 Surf Camp Calendar
 
Indo Jax Surf Charities
 
May 27-29                    Boys and Girls Clubs of Wilmington
June 17-19                    Juvenile Diabetes
June 23-26                    Children of Belarus
July                              Helen Keller Foundation Month
July 14-18                    Visually Impaired Surf Camp
July 28-31                    Hearing Impaired Surf Camp
Aug 11-14                    Boys and Girls Home of Waccamaw
Aug 18                         Surfers Healing
Aug 19-21                    Austism Surf Camp
Sept 13                        Wounded Warriors Camp
 
Life Rolls On
 
June 21                        Life Rolls On
 
Contact Information:
 
Jack Viorel
Indo Jax Surf Charities
P. 910.274.3565
E. Jack@IndoJaxSurfSchool.com
 
Life Rolls On
P. 424.272.1992
 
John Pike
Surfers Healing
Wrightsville Beach
P. 910.791.8240
E. John@EasternSkateSupply.com
 
Brittany Burdine
Blockade Runner Beach Resort
P. 910.256.2251
E. Brittany.Burdine@blockade-runner.com
Surfers Healing / Wrightsville Beach / Photography by Julian Kehaya
IndoJax Surf Charities / Wrightsville Beach / Photography by Richard Perry
IndoJax Surf Charities / Wrightsville Beach / Photography by Richard Perry
Surfers Healing / Wrightsville Beach / Photography by Julian Kehaya
Surfers Healing / Wrightsville Beach / Photography by Julian Kehaya
Surfers Healing / Wrightsville Beach / Photography by Julian Kehaya
Surfers Healing / Wrightsville Beach / Photography by Julian Kehaya
IndoJax Surf Charities / Wrightsville Beach / Photography by Richard Perry
IndoJax Visually Impaired Camp / Wrightsville Beach / Photography by Richard Perry
IndoJax Visually Impaired Camp / Wrightsville Beach / Photography by Richard Perry
2013
 
Wrightsville Beach, NC ­- Named as one of the World’s 20 Best Surf Towns by National Geographic, Wrightsville Beach is a small surf town of 2,000 with a big heart for special needs kids and adults.
 
Surf Camp Calendar May – Sept. 2013
 
May 18: Jesse Billauer/Life Rolls On/They Will Surf Again
 
IndoJax Surf Charities
May 28-30:  Boys and Girls Club
June 15: Burmese Refugees Surf Camp
June 24-27: Children from Belarus
July 8-11: Juvenile Diabetes
July 15-19: Visually Impaired
Aug 5-8: Clara Eppes Memorial Surf Camp for the Hearing Impaired
Aug. 20-22: Autism
Aug. (call for dates): Cystic Fibrosis
Sept. (call for dates): Surf/Horse Camp with the Horse Boy Foundation
 
Surfers Healing
Aug. 19: Autism – Izzy Paskowitz/Surfers Healing
 
Special diet and lodging

For special menu and accommodation needs, contact Blockade Runner Beach Resort, a long-time supporter of charitable surf camps at Wrightsville Beach. Jason St. Clair at (910) 256-2251 or visit www.blockade-runner.com
 
Registration contacts
 
Indo Jax Surf Charities                                 
Jack Viorel (910) 274-3565
 
Life Rolls On
Phone: (424) 272-1992
 
Surfers Healing, Wrightsville Beach
John Pike (910) 791-8240

Blockade Runner Beach Resort
Jason St. Clair (910) 256-2251
www.blockade-runner.com
Life Rolls On / Surfers Healing / Surf Camp Photos
Jesse Billauer, founder of Life Rolls On, flanked by supporters Kelly Slater and Rob Machado
Photo by Emily Goodman at Night by the Ocean for Life Rolls On, Marina Del Ray, CA
On the verge of becoming a professional surfer, Jesse Billauer was surfing in California when he was pushed headfirst into the shallow sandbar, fracturing his neck. Billauer sustained a C-6 complete spinal cord injury, which resulted in quadriplegia. He lost the ability to walk and had limited mobility of his arms and hands. Jesse left the hospital and knew two things: he had to surf again and help others be inspired to follow their passions.
 
As founder of Life Rolls On Foundation, Jesse explains that "LRO is an avenue to hope, independence, freedom, happiness, inspiration, and teamwork," he explains. "It is about bringing people together and changing lives one day, one program, and one person at the time. Each of LRO's programs offers the opportunity for the physically disabled to open their minds, help them forget about their challenges and be thankful for the opportunity to still be alive."
 
Life Rolls On into Wrightsville Beach, NC, May 18.
Meet Jesse Billauer with professional surfers Cory Lopez and Garrett McNamara.
 
See and feel the joy in the LRO photos from Emily Goodman, Malibu Beach, CA!
Photography by Emily Goodman
Photography by Emily Goodman
Photography by Emily Goodman
Photography by Emily Goodman
Photography by Emily Goodman
Photography by Emily Goodman
Photography by Emily Goodman
Photography by Emily Goodman
Photography by Emily Goodman
Photography by Emily Goodman
Photography by Emily Goodman
Photography by Emily Goodman
Photography by Emily Goodman
Photography by Emily Goodman
Photography by Emily Goodman
Photography by Emily Goodman
Photography by Emily Goodman
Photography by Emily Goodman
Photography by Emily Goodman
Photography by Emily Goodman
Jesse Billauer, founder of Life Rolls On Photography by Emily Goodman
IndoJax Visually Impaired Camp / Wrightsville Beach / Photography by Richard Perry
IndoJax Surf Charities / Homes of Hope India / Photography by Matt Born
IndoJax Surf Charities / Homes of Hope India / Photography by Matt Born
IndoJax Surf Charities / Homes of Hope India / Photography by Matt Born
IndoJax Surf Charities / Homes of Hope India / Photography by Matt Born
IndoJax Surf Charities / Homes of Hope India / Photography by Matt Born
IndoJax Surf Charities / Homes of Hope India / Photography by Matt Born
Aerial Tour of Wrightsville Beach
All aerial photos courtesy of Lemonstripe / Blockade Runner / NCPressRelease.com
Blockade Runner Beach Resort
For special menu and lodging needs contact the Blockade Runner Beach Resort, a long-time supporter of charitable surf camps at Wrightsville Beach.
Take a tour -
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