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We have donated our Lee Ballroom to host the Premier of the episode from The Hero Effect that will feature local charity organization Indo Jax Surf School. The premier will happen on August 10, two days before the Oprah Winfrey Network television premier on August 12, at 10 AM.

The Hero Effect is an uplifting docu-series that brings to life the stories of ordinary individuals who are making extraordinary differences in their communities. The program’s choice to feature Jack Viorel, Founder of Indo Jax Surf School here in Wilmington, North Carolina, makes perfect sense.

Indo Jax Surf School organizes free surfing programs designed to build self-esteem and empower medically fragile, special needs, and disadvantaged children. Funded by grants, sponsorships and private donations, one of the enterprise’s greatest asset is Viorel. “It doesn’t matter if they ever surf again,” he says. “But they think, ‘I can surf, I can do anything.’ And that is a very powerful thing.”

This excerpt from a feature in American Way Magazine sums it up quite nicely.

“For Viorel surfing is a means rather than an end. He hopes to teach his students to face their fears, to feel pride, to handle failure. He wants them to learn that the flip side of falling is the opportunity to get up and try again. “I think one of the most significant things is when they can take a wipeout and charge back out,” he says. “That’s significant for their lives.”

Check out the schedule below to see where Indo Jax will be this summer and when it will be here in Wrightsville Beach.

2017 Surf Camp Schedule

June 13-15: Autism – Wrightsville Beach
June 27-29: Children of Belarus – Wrightsville Beach
June 28: Autism – Half Moon Bay, CA
*July 6: Mauli Ola Foundation for CF – Wrightsville Beach
July 10-13: Visually Impaired – Wrightsville Beach
July 17-19: Special Needs – Pismo Beach, CA
July 26: Autism – Half Moon Bay, CA
Aug 1-3: Boys and Girls Home of Waccammaw – Wrightsville Beach
Aug 2: Autism – Half Moon Bay, CA
Aug 15-17: Childhood Cancer – Wrightsville Beach
*Aug 21: Surfers Healing – Wrightsville Beach
Nov 2017: Nicaragua Outreach
Apr 2018: India Surf Safari for Orphan Girls
*Program assistance

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