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Lizard Juice Participates in Surfers for Autism's 3rd Annual Bay Area Beach Festival
A day at the beach of healing, learning, and fun for kids with autism and their families
The SFA Beach Festival will feature surfing, paddle boarding, live music, games, prizes, giveaways, a raffle, and a giant slide. Kids with autism and their families will get an opportunity to learn the skill of surfing in a safe, fun environment. Lizard Juice and other businesses will be on hand to promote their products and services, and support an important cause.
According to their website, Surfers for Autism's mission is to "unlock the potential of people with developmental delays, support advocacy for autism issues and scientific research. Our focus is to eliminate stigma though public awareness and education, and to unite communities through volunteerism."
Surfers for Autism's focus is to expose kids with autism, and their families to a transformative experience. The result is families whose lives are changed through the kids' mastery of the surf. The principle of inclusion is all important. As families with special needs children know, giving these kids a chance to shine in a fun, safe and challenging venue is a precious gift. Promoting community awareness of the issues associated with autism is a great result of SFA's events.
The Bay Area SFA Beach Festival is one of several events which SFA has organized since its inception in 2007. Surfers for Autism began when a group of surfers in Deerfield Beach decided to host an event to help kids with autism. One of their fellow surfer's lives had been touched by autism, and it was through this surfer's prompting that Surfers for Autism was born.
Emily Stowe's son, John-Tyler participated in the inaugural Deerfield Beach event. She says "since his introduction to Surfers for Autism, he has made friends, gained confidence, and that smile is there every time someone mentions surfing".
SFA President, Don Ryan points out that these events change lives. The surfers, instructors, volunteers, and the families experience a profound shift in how they view the experience of living with autism.
Lizard Juice's owner, Gary Wilder states "the bottom line of having a great day at the beach, where people can gather for fun, food, and fellowship is priceless. Lizard Juice is proud and honored to be a part of that".
The 3rd Annual Bay Area SFA Beach Festival is Saturday, July 13. It begins at 9 a.m. and runs until 4 p.m. It will take place at Treasure Island Gulf Front Park, 10400 Gulf Blvd. Registered participants can drive onto the beach from this location. There is $10 fee to park on the beach.
Surfers for Autism's surfing events continue through 2013 on the east and west coasts of Florida, Tybee Island, Georgia, and Carolina Beach, Puerto Rico. For more information about these events, visit SFA's website at www.surfersforautism.org .
Lizard Juice has two stores in Pinellas County: 10525 Park Blvd., in Seminole, and 9345 Fourth Street North, in St. Petersburg. A third Lizard Juice store opened in June on Siesta Key in Sarasota County. A fourth Lizard Juice store will open this summer in Birmingham, Alabama.
For more information about the 3rd Annual Bay Area Surfers for Autism Beach Festival, or for information about Lizard Juice and its products, please call Lizard Juice at 727 772 7800. Lizard Juice's website is www.lizardjuice.com .