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 & and sponsorship to try new recreational pursuits
- horseback riding, archery, surfing, sit skiing, big wave surfing, snowboarding, dance, summer adventure camp, martial arts, scuba diving, kite surfing,
strength training, volleyball, basketball, soccer
Travel/entry fees for national & and international competitions
- rock climbing, snowboarding, sled hockey, dragon boat racing, fencing, mountain biking, tennis, surfing, marathons, snowboarding, bass fishing,
track & field, shot put, powerlifting, swimming, archery, soccer
- tandem bike, custom surfboard, kneeboard, jogging stroller,
all-terrain wheelchair, hiking equipment, mountain bike,
motorized portable scooter, ski helmets, handcycle, bows for archery,
portable lift, travel case for a racing wheelchair,
wheelchairs for: skating, basketball, racing, rugby, soccer, softball,
marathon running, beach access, dog agility
Items that allowed for access to physical activities
- custom wetsuit, fishing gear, bike trailer, indoor equipment for a sensory room to increase physical activity in a safe space, kayak, lift for adaptive equipment to be transported into the community, admission to
state parks for walking in nature, travel case for racing wheelchair
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!
Joshua was the recipient of a grant for a return trip to Costa Rica. Last time, he explored breathtaking volcanoes, marveled at snakes, and even conquered the exhilarating world of ziplining. This time, he dove into the world of adaptive surfing, and we couldn't have been more excited for him! Here's to another amazing adventure filled with unforgettable moments and boundless joy!
Annmarie is the recipient of a grant to fund therapeutic horseback riding lessons. Through the magic of riding, she will continue to build core muscles, improve balance, and enhance overall strength. But it's more than just physical benefits; therapeutic horseback riding opens doors to social interaction – connecting Annmarie with instructors, volunteers, and fellow riders. The sense of community and shared experiences is truly priceless. Have you seen Annmarie's smile light up the stables? Clearly, it’s her happy place.
Jocelyn recently dominated her division at the US Open Adaptive Surfing Championships, seizing first place and clinching the World Championship title for the 2023 Tour! But for Jocelyn, surfing is more than victories – it's a lifestyle, a sanctuary that transcends physical limits. "When I'm on the wave, it's the only place where my options are limitless. Surfing is my happy place, nurturing both my physical and mental wellbeing, where I feel equal with every person in the lineup”. The ocean holds an unparalleled freedom for her and, as a Surfgimp Foundation grant recipient, she'll be able to chase waves and continue to represent on a global stage!
Ryan recently made waves at the Move United Nationals event, thanks to a grant from Surfgimp Foundation. He had a fantastic meet leading to personal records and 7 gold medals, showcasing his dedication and hard work while living up to his nickname "The Machine"! Beyond the pool, he connected with the community, making friends from all over and even meeting Paralympic champion Rudy Garcia-Tolson. This event not only fueled Ryan's competitive spirit but also instilled a newfound sense of self and pride. He's more determined than ever to pursue his dream of becoming a US Paralympic Swimmer!
Tahlie is the recipient of a grant to support her journey in competitive athletics. Not only is she a rising star in wheelchair racing, seated throws, powerlifting, cycling, and paratriathlon, but she's also a dedicated member of her high school track and field team. Tahlie recently soared to new heights, competing at the state level and turning her dreams into reality! Her hard work and determination are truly inspiring. She is already looking forward to showcasing her talents on the biggest stage again next year. Let's continue to cheer Tahlie on as she prepares for the 2024 season!
Ashley is the recipient of a grant enabling her to compete in the Hawaii Adaptive Surfing Competition where she secured an impressive 4th place, a testament to her unwavering determination and incredible spirit. Ashley’s journey, from re-kindling her love for the beach post-injury to conquering the surf in Hawaii, is nothing short of inspiring. Through fierce determination and resilience, Ashley worked hard to bring competition back into her life when she thought it was lost. She found her strength in the waves, and now, it's where she thrives!
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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.