August 21 2006

Inner-City Kids Hit the Waves

by Surfrider Foundation

In memory of one of our past Chairman, Tom Marcellino, the South Bay Chapter and Tom’s family recently hosted participation in a weeklong “surf camp” for some kids from the inner-city of Los Angeles.

The kids learned to swim and surf, important safety lessons, etc. But most importantly they learned that the ocean and beach are valuable natural resources to enjoy – but protect.

We also had speakers for very brief interaction with the kids: Alan Walti (Chapter Chair), Rick Dickert (local Fox News weather-caster), Jimmy Blackman (LA Mayor Villaraigosa’s Deputy Chief of Staff), and Andy Dellenbach (former Chapter Chair) who put hours into organizing the event.

We hope to “grow” this program in the coming years so that we can start reaching a broader constituency – some who have never seen the beach.

The South Bay Chapter wants to thank the Marcellino family, Tom’s friends, and all the businesses and individuals that made this such a fun and successful event.