These 6 Charities Are Doing More Than Just Surfing!

1) Surfrider Foundation

The Surfrider Foundation is a nonprofit organization who are passionate about protecting earth's playground- the oceans, waves, and beaches. This foundation is purely dedicated to keeping our oceans clean and our beaches safe from pollution. This environmentally conscious group ensures clean water, healthy ocean coastlines, and more accessible beaches for everyone to enjoy. They are always searching for natural solutions to the various threats that our oceans are constantly facing.

Surfrider is a community of everyday people who passionately protect our playground - the ocean, waves, and beaches that provide us so much enjoyment.


2) The Mauli Ola Foundation (MOF)

Established in 2008 by a group of California surfers, The Mauli Ola Foundation is a nonprofit organization dedicated to providing hope and confidence to individuals living with genetic diseases. By using the organic healing powers of the ocean, this nonprofit group makes surfing and other ocean-based activities into naturally therapeutic activities. Their goal is to share and spread their knowledge of the ocean, family values, community, and overall good vibes. Every year, the group hosts various benefit events, including beachside concerts, "surf experience days," and more.


3) Gary's Surf School

This surf school was founded in 2002 by South African native Gary Kleynhan. His goal is to teach free surf lessons to street children around the Cape Town area. The idea is to get the kids to "hang loose," instead of hanging out in the dangerous streets. Gary believes that if you can get these children on a surfboard, you're more likely to keep them out of trouble. Gary's Surf School has been around for 14 years and only continues to grow and expand! If you, your friends or family ever plan a surfing trip to South Africa, check them out!

4) Operation Amped

Operation Amped is all about giving back to servicemen who were wounded in the line of duty. This organization was founded in 2006 and their mission is to "share the stoke of surfing with seriously ill, injured or disabled U.S. military veterans and their families." Operation Amped "shares the stoke" by fundraising for the veterans and host multi-day surfing clinics. Check it out and share the stoke!

5) Surf Dog Championships

This surfing charity is focused on bringing together dogs and sharing their talent of surfing the waves. The NorCal Dog Surfing event & Championships for Dog Surfing takes place on the Northern California Coast where the concept of dog surfing originated. During this amazing dog surfing event, they offer several activities including the surf competition and prizes galore. This event is not only for the sport and fun of riding the waves, it's also for great causes. It helps raise money for local charities by sponsoring a contestant or a team and a large portion of the proceeds go to animal and environmental non-profits.

6) Surfer's Healing

This wonderful surfing charity holds surf camps for children with autism. Founded by Israel and Danielle Paskowitz, they started Surfer's Healing for their son Isaiah, who has autism. Israel Paskowitz grew up surfing around the globe in true surfer-vagabond style - traveling to different surf spots on a bus with his family. Israel and Danielle are here to pass around the power of the ocean on to over 4,500 children and their families each year. Their mantra is "one child, one family, one day at the beach." Surfer's Healing is now a nationwide, grassroots non-profit charity, be sure to check out their website and pass around the healing powers of the ocean!

These 3 U.S. Paralympic Sailors Won Silver Medals In Rio!

** OGTV's first SPORTS & ATHLETES playlist story of the week is about three men who did not allow a life altering tragic moment to derail them from their Olympic dreams. **

Huge congratulations to U.S. Paralympic Team sailors Rick Doerr, Brad Kendell and Hugh Freund have won silver medals in the Sonar class, the three-person Paralympic keelboat. For all three sailors it is the first Paralympic medal of their careers!!

Keep reading... Show less

This Angel Helps Immigrant Field Workers Live A Better Life!

** In celebration of National Farmer's Market Week, OGTV is sharing this heartwarming story about a husband and wife duo who are doing all they can to make life easier for California field workers after their homes were destroyed by a fire. **

"What I want to say to everybody is, study your own roots," says Judy Lucas of California. "See how many generations you have to go back to find immigrants. Just treat people like you hope your immigrant family was treated."

Keep reading... Show less

Amazing Athletes - Sports & Athletes (Trailer)

They ski, run, swim, skate, throw and play with the same drive and intensity of Olympic athletes. Despite physical or mental limitations they may have, these athletes have an enviable drive to participate and enjoy their abilities any way that they can. Watch these inspiring athletic and sports stories here!

Keep reading... Show less

Adorable Baby's First Steps

** OGTV's second GOOD STORY of the week is simply a joyous celebration of that special moment when your baby figures out the wonder of standing on their own two feet and becomes a toddler. **

There are many milestones in life worth remembering. Losing your first tooth, riding your first bike and getting your driver's license are all huge, but a baby's first steps are one of the first and most important!

Keep reading... Show less

More Than A Dancer

** For National Dance Day, OGTV is sharing this story of a young girl with cerebral palsy who refuses to be separated from her favorite dance troupe no matter how high the obstacles. **

This little girl dreamed of one day dancing. Unfortunately, she suffers from cerebral palsy, making this dream more difficult to fulfill than others. In spite of it all, she is able to overcome the obstacles and defeat the odds. Meet Meg Worrick, the 13-year old dancer.

Meg first knew she wanted to become a dancer when she attended one of her little sister's dance recitals. She was filled with an overwhelming emotion of sadness, seeing her sister up on the stage, wishing she could be up there dancing too. With the unconditional support from her parents, dance studio, and dance instructor, this dream became a reality.

Keep reading... Show less

Best Friend Teens Are Selling Handmade Bracelets To Help Heal Cleft Lip & Palate

** OGTV is celebrating the International Day Of Friendship with this story about two lifelong friends who are using their skill for making jewelry to help babies in developing countries with birth defects get life changing surgeries. **

It's not rare for a baby to be born with a cleft lip or cleft palate. In fact, it happens globally about every three minutes. For the 170,000 babies with one of these conditions each year, there is a simple surgical solution to prevent future challenges with speaking, eating, and breathing—but only if their families can afford the $250 surgery.

Keep reading... Show less
Family & Home

Healthy Recipes From Twin Sisters Who Care - Lasagna Soup

** OGTV celebrates National Lasagna Day with Joy and Judy, twin sisters from a large Italian family who love to take their favorite recipes and serve them up with a healthy spin. **

When most of us think of our favorite family recipes or holiday classics, we do not necessarily think of healthy food. Casseroles, biscuits, cheesy and buttery and fried bites tend to dominate discussions of "comfort food." Well, twin sisters Joy and Judy from our original series Twin Sisters, Love & Cooking! are trying to develop a different, healthier style of comfort food, and this scrumptious Lasagna Soup recipe is a perfect example!

Joy and Judy were inspired to re-work their Italian family's favorite recipes into healthier versions after Judy was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2009. Fortunately, today, Judy is a survivor, and the twin sisters get to spend tons of quality time together—especially in the kitchen.

Keep reading... Show less
Series - Beauty Redefined

Woman Sumo Wrestler and Dudeoir Love the Skin They're In - Beauty Redefined (E2)

** OGTV's second Beauty Redefined Playlist story of the week features Josh stepping out of his comfort zone to hit the mat with a woman who is challenging athletic norms as an active Sumo wrestler. **

Sonya del Gallego is a small, powerfully built, cheerful woman who doesn't exactly fit the profile of what one imagines when they think of a sumo wrestler. Not surprisingly, she is defiant in challenging gender stereotypes, and is an advocate for being yourself, regardless of whether it fits society's standards of "normal".

Keep reading... Show less

* PODCASTS *

* OGTV Top Videos *

Watch and Subscribe
It's a Positivity Movement
OnlyGood TV on YouTube

mailbox

Get your Only Good TV Newsletter