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Old    Greg Hodgin (eccpaint)      Join Date: Feb 2002       11-24-2017, 7:38 AM Reply   
Words can hardly describe the feeling I get when I hear awesome stories from across the country about sharing water sports with those that are less fortunate. I was watching this video from 2010 and makes me realize how far Wake the World has spread. At the time the video was made, the only events were in North Carolina and Texas (around 30 boats total). This last year, 43 events in 28 states! (450+ boats).

Thank you to everyone out there that loves to share water sports with others. If you are the kind of person that loves sharing water sports with others, let me know. It has never been easier to start your own Wake the World event. Come join our family!
Old    A B (OSUBUCKS)      Join Date: Feb 2017       11-25-2017, 7:51 AM Reply   
I participated in my first WTW event this year in Columbus. It was great, everyone who was there and participated were awesome, the kids were great too!!! I don't remember the total number of kids we had but I think it was like 9 boats completely full.
Old    Mattgettel (mattgettel)      Join Date: Jan 2009       12-06-2017, 10:31 AM Reply   
We live in the Louisville KY area and would love to get involved.
Old    Greg Hodgin (eccpaint)      Join Date: Feb 2002       12-06-2017, 4:03 PM Reply   
And it is not just about water sports.

These kids need encouragement. I dare say that there is no one more encouraging than a boat driver trying to get you up for the first time. Think about when you learned, how many times did the driver say, "Try it again one more time."

Most of these kids come from homes that are living off the system and have no desire to do better. Entitlement programs have sucked the ambition out of them. Spending time on the water with someone, helping them overcome their fears, and sharing their joy of success, that is where real differences can be made. It is not just about the day. It is about changing your perspective of what is possible. We have had kids come back years later and say that they were in college now because of the encouragement they received at the lake. The impact you can have on a child's life by spending an afternoon with them is worth way more and has a longer lasting effect than money.


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