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Little Warriors Surf Camp


Freedom Is Not Free (FINF) is partnering with Surf Diva, INT Softboards, Wells Fargo Bank, and Gatorade to sponsor the 2010 Little Warriors Surf Camp, which provides children of active duty service members with an escape from the daily reminders of why they’re “different” from other children. The second annual camp will give these worthy children a fun and physically challenging outlet that they might not otherwise have. At the conclusion of the camp, each family will receive their own surfboard so that they can continue to live the surfing lifestyle — one that encompasses sport, spirituality, physical fitness, and emotional well-being. The camp will take place at Kellogg Park in La Jolla Shores on July 19-20, July 26-27, August 2-3, and August 9-10.


This year, FINF is proud to host some surprise guests, along with Little Warriors alumni. The Surfrider Foundation will present classes to the campers on ocean conservation and the San Diego lifeguards will provide campers with ocean safety and awareness classes.


Last year’s camp proved to be so popular that this year all spaces were sold out within three hours of the announcement to the San Diego military community. Here’s what one parent had to say about last year’s camp: “It is wonderful to see an organization such as this give back to the military community. My oldest son participated in the Little Warriors Surf Camp and he had a wonderful time! The staff of Freedom Is Not Free and surf instructors were all great and my son could not stop talking about how much fun he had making new friends, learning to surf, and just having fun! As if that wasn’t enough, he was given his own surfboard! This fun-filled day could not have happened without the support and generosity of Freedom Is Not Free! Thank you again for your support!”


Freedom Is Not Free is a California-based 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that serves the brave men and women of the military and their families. Since its establishment in 2005, FINF has raised funds to serve, support, and increase awareness with the aim of easing our heroes’ and their families’ burdens. It has assisted with travel expenses for families of fallen heroes; purchased “burn-beds” for roadside bomb victims; helped to refurbish the Wounded Warrior Barracks at Camp Pendleton, CA; arranged the venue and accommodations for a surviving spouse conference; allocated funds for the purchase of equipment to convert conventional clothing into burn victim “tear-aways”; provided logistical assistance and funding for the renovation of a brain trauma center on Camp Pendleton; and provided funds for living expenses for recovering warriors and their families facing extreme financial hardship. (www.freedomisnotfree.com)


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