Surfgimp Foundation's mission is to support, through financial grants, individuals with disabilities who require assistance to pursue an active lifestyle.
Sometimes a disabled individual needs assistance from other people to experience their greatest adventures. Our vision is to help facilitate these adventures by providing support for some of the extra expenses that can be incurred such as equipment, travel, lessons, entry fees, and more.
Grants funded through Surfgimp Foundation have served to reduce financial obstacles for children, teens, and adults with disabilities in our local community as well as nationally and internationally.
Lessons, camps & sponsorship to try new recreational pursuits
- horseback riding, archery, surfing, sit skiing, big wave surfing, snowboarding, dance, summer adventure camp, martial arts, scuba diving, documentary film making
Travel/entry fees for national & international competitions
- sled hockey, dragon boat racing, fencing, mountain biking, tennis, surfing, marathons, snowboarding, bass fishing, track & field, powerlifting, swimming
- tandem bike, custom surfboard, kneeboard, jogging stroller, all-terrain wheelchair, hiking equipment, mountain bike, motorized portable scooter, ski helmets, wheelchairs for: skating, basketball, racing, rugby, beach access & dog agility
Items that allowed for access to physical activities
- custom wetsuit, fishing gear, bike trailer, indoor equipment for a sensory room, kayak, lift for adaptive equipment
Although disabilities impact their lives in a variety of ways, what all grant recipients have in common is their desire to break down barriers and expand their ability to live an active lifestyle!
Parker is the recipient of a grant to compete in the Adaptive Surfing Championships in 2019 at Duke’s Oceanfest in Hawaii. He made it to the semi-finals in the prone assist division last time and dreams about surfing unassisted this year! He takes every opportunity available to advance his skill and compete. Parker is an ambassador for adaptive athletes and embracing the real stoke of life as witnessed by winning awards for his skill and character at competitions, mentoring new surfers and recruiting a peer from his adaptive sled hockey team to join him in the water. Parker has been on a therapy table his whole life but feels that the best therapy for him is “ocean therapy.”
Tom is the recipient of a grant to be used for private kite-boarding lessons. Some of the Surfgimp Foundation board members had the pleasure of spending time with Tom at a recent fundraiser and hearing all about his plans for the future. Tom is an accomplished racer, snow skier and water skier and now has dreams of kite boarding. Once he passes the hurdle of learning all the elements, he will undoubtedly rock this sport too!
Jamie is the recipient of a grant in which funds were used to travel for sled hockey tournaments. Jamie plays for her local team and “never lets her size or disability get in the way of fierce competition.” Her goal is to compete in the Paralympics one day. Jamie was recently named to the Women’s National Sled Hockey Team and continues to crush it during competitions, so she is well on her way!
Lisa is a recent grant recipient to fund an electric off-road adaptive mountain bike. She has always loved being outdoors and the bike allows the freedom to explore on her own or with friends that are able bodied since she can hike or bike alongside them. To get others involved and grow the sport Lisa recently formed an adaptive mountain bike club and developed a database of trails in her area. She is excited to continue riding on trails she never thought were possible and train for the Adaptive Mountain Bike Championships. Given Lisa is a decorated Paralympic athlete with a competitive spirit, there is no doubt she will continue to push the boundaries of what she can do in the sport.
Jacob is the recipient of a grant to be used for
supplemental travel and competition expenses for himself, and possibly team travel, to compete in the 2019 USA adaptive surfing competitive circuit . He is currently on the tail end of an amazing adventure competing and traveling all over Europe! You can follow along in all of his adventures on his YouTube page where he is showing the definition of limitless adventure!
Annemarie is the recipient of a grant to continue participation in therapeutic riding and equine-assisted therapy. She loves to ride horses because it makes her feel free, thinks of the farm as her “happy place” and has made lasting social connections. Just look at that smile! Annmarie finds that riding strengthens her core and stretches her hips better than any other exercise. Recently, during a drive-thru visit at Southern Delaware Therapeutic Riding, Annmarie was able to visit her friends and tell them she will be back in the saddle as soon as restrictions lift!
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Your generous gift will help us fund our mission. Together, we can help those with disabilities experience their dreams.
Surfgimp Foundation is a 501 (c) 3 organization. Contributions are tax deductible to the extent allowed by law. EIN: 82-3259873.