- Helen Keller Foundation to Support North Carolina Surf Camps
- 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.
- “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.”
- 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.
- 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.
- 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 LodgingFor 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 CalendarIndo Jax Surf CharitiesMay 27-29 Boys and Girls Clubs of WilmingtonJune 17-19 Juvenile DiabetesJune 23-26 Children of BelarusJuly Helen Keller Foundation MonthJuly 14-18 Visually Impaired Surf CampJuly 28-31 Hearing Impaired Surf CampAug 11-14 Boys and Girls Home of WaccamawAug 18 Surfers HealingAug 19-21 Austism Surf CampSept 13 Wounded Warriors CampLife Rolls OnJune 21 Life Rolls OnContact Information:Jack ViorelIndo Jax Surf CharitiesP. 910.274.3565E. Jack@IndoJaxSurfSchool.comLife Rolls OnP. 424.272.1992John PikeSurfers HealingWrightsville BeachP. 910.791.8240E. John@EasternSkateSupply.comBrittany BurdineBlockade Runner Beach ResortP. 910.256.2251E. Brittany.Burdine@blockade-runner.com
- 2013Wrightsville 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. 2013May 18: Jesse Billauer/Life Rolls On/They Will Surf AgainIndoJax Surf CharitiesMay 28-30: Boys and Girls ClubJune 15: Burmese Refugees Surf CampJune 24-27: Children from BelarusJuly 8-11: Juvenile DiabetesJuly 15-19: Visually ImpairedAug 5-8: Clara Eppes Memorial Surf Camp for the Hearing ImpairedAug. 20-22: AutismAug. (call for dates): Cystic FibrosisSept. (call for dates): Surf/Horse Camp with the Horse Boy FoundationSurfers HealingAug. 19: Autism – Izzy Paskowitz/Surfers HealingSpecial 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 contactsIndo Jax Surf CharitiesJack Viorel (910) 274-3565Life Rolls OnPhone: (424) 272-1992Surfers Healing, Wrightsville BeachJohn Pike (910) 791-8240
Blockade Runner Beach Resort
Jason St. Clair (910) 256-2251
- Life Rolls On / Surfers Healing / Surf Camp Photos
- 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!
- Aerial Tour of Wrightsville Beach
- Blockade Runner Beach ResortFor 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 -