Fall Student Athletes Participate in Best Day Foundation Community Service Beach Day
Over 95 Vistamar students participated in the Fall Student-Athlete Community Project on Sunday 9/15 in partnership with Best Day Foundation. Best Day Foundation is a volunteer organization that helps children with special needs build confidence and self-esteem through safe, fun, adventure activities at the beach. Vistamar students supported the event by contributing their energy, enthusiasm and initiative toward serving as "beach buddies" as they partnered in small groups with a special needs child and joined them for various sun, water and sand adventures throughout the day.
Vistamar Senior and volleyball player Sofia C. '20 was enthusiastic about the day. "Working with Best Day is such a fun and unique experience for everyone involved and we always have such a great time! My buddy's mom told me her daughter loved water and the waves but since she is unable to stand or swim on her own, it was difficult to help her in the water. With the assistance of the volunteers, she got the chance to be carried through the waves, go surfing (twice), and go boogie boarding, which was incredibly exciting and rewarding for me and for her mom. She said she had never seen her daughter smile so big." Junior Chris S. '21 added the following, "it was amazing to see my buddy's progress over four hours -- from initially being shy and somewhat scared to opening up and wanting to surf more, run more, play more and just stay out at the beach all day. I love how the Best Day Foundation organized this program, and I hope I get to work with the kids and the Foundation again."