Posted on 30-11-2017
Since 2006, Indo Jax Surf Charities has served over 10,000 disadvantaged, medically fragile, and special-needs children, empowering them through exposure to the ocean environment and teaching them to surf. We believe that the ocean, and learning to surf, has profound healing properties and can build self-esteem. Surf camps are provided at no charge to the participants and their families. Children who take part in our surf camps inevitably move from a feeling of skepticism and reluctance around the ocean to empowerment and confidence, giving them the sense that “If I can surf, I can do anything!”
Although the majority of camps are held in the warm waters of Wilmington, NC, outreach camps have been held in Half Moon Bay, CA, Pismo Beach, CA, Norway, Nicaragua and India. Our 2017 schedule included camps for children impacted by autism, childhood cancer, visual impairment, cystic fibrosis, as well as camps for the Boys and Girls Club, Boys & Girls Home of Waccammaw, Children of Belarus and Wounded Warriors (our only adult camp).
Indo Jax has received substantial media coverage over the years, both locally and nationally. Of special note:
August 2017 featured on “Hero Effect” on OWN Network
TEDx Talk at the University of Tennessee-Knoxville by Jack Viorel, founder of Indo Jax. Titled “Special Needs Surfing - Taking the Lid Off”
December 2015 American Airlines in-flight magazine
Indo Jax Surf Charities has been proud to partner with many great organizations including UnitedHealthcare, Jordan Spieth Family Foundation, Live Oak Bank, Legitifi, BuyWine.com, Helen Keller Foundation, Surfer’s Healing, The Mauli Ola Foundation, Homes of Hope India and many individuals and small local businesses.
Links to donation page:
Hero Effect Website: https://www.heroeffect.com/episodes/episode10-indo-jax-surf-charities/
TEDx Talk video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=78MWLC2USho
Video Vault on Indo Jax Surf Chaities: http://indojaxsurfcharities.org/camps/videos/