There are few things in life that inspire joy more than smiling faces at the beach. When those smiling faces belong to people of every age and every ability, all having fun together, the joy is truly indescribable.
This was exactly the scene I had the pleasure of witnessing on June 7th at Pockets Full of Sunshine’s 4th Annual Fun in the Sun for Everyone inclusive beach day. I have been in the unique position of attending this event all four years, watching it grow from just 25 participants to over 200 this year. The sun shines brighter and the joy gets bigger each year!
Pockets Full of Sunshine hosts the day of fun with the intent to bring the community together and provide a truly inclusive experience. Our belief is that everyone benefits when we all come together, those with and without disabilities. Looking around during the event you can literally see the benefits. New friendships are made in the sand, fears are conquered as a timid swimmer wades into the ocean holding hands with a volunteer, laughter is in abundance as a new surfer experiences their first ‘wipeout’, tears are shed as parents watch their children of all ages get to have fun just like everyone else. Magic happens at the beach, and this was certainly a day full of it.
Special Thank You to our planning committee Annie Bartholomew, Lindsay Finger, Hilary Groff, and Brian Kinard and our wonderful volunteers and sponsors who help make the day possible:
Agapi Behavioral Consultants; Ameris Bank; Apple Appliances; Bluffton Veterinary Hospital; Brackett Photography; Century 21 Diamond Realty; Coastal Marketing; Core Pilates; Crescent Moon Pictures; DJ Crush, Feiner Electric; Finger, Melnick and Brooks, PA; Forest Beach Surf and Cycle; Go Surf Hilton Head; Hilton Head Outfitters; Hilton Head Preparatory; HHCA Zonta Club; H2O Water Sports; Hudson's; Island Printer; James L Van Grouw, CPA; Kinghorn Insurance; Leftover Ladies; Lighthouse Realty; Low Country Shelving and Glass; Louette Boutique; Lynes on Design; Marriott Surf Watch; Native Son Adventure; Northern Industrial Manufacturing; Osprey Village; Outside Hilton Head; Palmetto Electric; Quiet Storm Surf Shop; Reebok Crossfit Coastal Carolina; Reno Pro Construction; Spencer Special Events; Suntrust Bank; Sunny Daze; Transportation Safety Apparel; Tree Wisemen; Unfettered; Walgreens