2015 SIMA HUMANITARIAN FUND BENEFICIARIES
AccesSurf empowers people with disabilities by providing adaptive surfing instruction and therapeutic educational programs on water recreation and enriches lives by assisting families to access the beach and ocean in a barrier free environment.
Best Day Foundation helps children with special needs build confidence and self-esteem through safe, fun, adventure activities like surfing, bodyboarding, kayaking, snow sports, and more. Best Day serves children with developmental or physical special needs ranging from Blindness to Down Syndrome to Cerebral Palsy to Autism to Spinal Cord Injuries, and more.
Boys to Men’s mission is to support boys during their critical teenage years, as they transition from a boy into a man. We do this by providing communities of caring mentors and male role models who listen, accept, encourage and support teenage boys on their journey to becoming good men.
Boarding for Breast Cancer is dedicated to providing education, prevention and support programs for young people and the action sports community at large with the main mission being to promote early detection and healthy living as the best means of breast cancer prevention.
The Jimmy Miller Memorial Foundation is dedicated to honoring the life of our inspiration, Jimmy Miller, by supporting the healing of mental and physical illness and injury through surfing and ocean related activities. The JMMF provides free of charge its unique program of Ocean Therapy to the United States Marine Corps. Wounded Warrior Battalion-West, as well as the Veterans from the West LA Veterans Hospital and youth from several care and shelter facilities for abused and foster children.
JWCF established the John Wayne Cancer Institute at Saint John’s Health Center in Santa Monica, CA and their research has led to groundbreaking procedures and treatments. JWCF also funds an innovative skin cancer awareness and prevention program for youth called Block the Blaze.
Life Rolls On Foundation is dedicated to improving the quality of life for young people affected by spinal cord injury and utilizes action sports to demonstrate the infinite possibilities beyond paralysis.
The Mauli Ola Foundation began as surfers banding together to introduce surfing as a natural treatment to people with cystic fibrosis. Since 2007, Mauli Ola has taken nearly 1,300 CF patients surfing at nearly 100 Surf Experience Days and has not expanded it’s reach with hospital visits and other activities that touch the lives of kids with various health challenges.
Outdoor Outreach is a San Diego-based organization with a mission to empower at-risk and underprivileged youth to make positive, lasting changes in their lives through comprehensive outdoor programming.
Surfer’s Healing provides the unique and therapeutic experience of surfing to children facing autism at no charge to the families. To provide respite for those affected by this devastating disorder. To raise awareness of autism through local press and television coverage.
Valpo Surf Project’s goal is to use surfing instruction and academic mentoring to encourage English language skills, personal character development, and environmental consciousness among underprivileged and at-risk youth in Valparaíso, Chile and coastal cities across the globe.
Waves for Water’s mission is to provide clean drinking water for everyone who needs it. There are many problems in the world that aren’t solvable. But clean drinking water access is – and surfers and travelers have the opportunity to be a major part of the solution.