South Florida is home to sand and surf, maybe not the best waves for surfing, but a place to hold a fundraiser for a great cause. Surfers are using Deerfield Beach in Broward County to hold its 5th annual surfing event for autism. More than 200 young children with autism will spend the day surfing at the beach and having fun in the sun.
The event has grown into a two-day celebration with live music, pro-am surfing competitions, food vendors and special guest appearances.
According to Don Ryan, the SFA (surfing for autism) president, claims that the last five years have been an accomplishment and with the volunteers, sponsors and host municipalities, the Surfers for Autism events have been a success. The organization is a not-for-profit dedicated to the introduction of the sport for children with special needs.
SFA has a Facebook page to acknowledge how surfing has helped autistic children feel normal and have fun. They learn to surf, want to surf and love it.
These events are free for participating families and also serve as fundraisers. The money collected from the public and donations are used to host future events and to assist in research and advocacy.
Date: March 31, 2012 to April 1, 2012
Time: 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Location: Deerfield Municipal Beach, south side of pier