Murrells Inlet, S.C. (WPDE) — "What Surf Dreams Foundation is all about is putting kids in the water. Helping kids that wouldn't have an opportunity, otherwise, to be able to learn to surf, to be able to take trips, to basically be able to do things they wouldn't be able to, otherwise," said Adam Dellinger with Gator 107.9
Adam Dellinger says Phil Jackson is on a mission.
"Everything that Phil Jackson is all about is giving back to the community, and especially kids. And I think that's the most motivational part in makes Phil so deserving of the Jefferson Award, I think," said Dellinger.
In four years, Jackson's Surf Dreams Foundation has impacted hundreds of kids.
"Surfing saved my life. I was a drug addict. I've been clean a little over 13 years now," said Jackson.
What started as a wetsuit drive morphed into teaching hundreds of local children how to surf.
"We pay for entree fees for kids that really can't afford it, for surf contests," said Jackson.
Many have gone on to compete up and down the coast, even in Puerto Rico.
Every summer, Jackson hosts 'Take a Kid Surfing Day' bringing smiles to so many faces.
"Once you get the equipment, surfing's free. The ocean's right there, it's our natural resource," said Jackson.
"When he was growing up right here, locally, because he is a local kid, he wishes there would have been an organization that could have impacted him the way that his organization impacts kids here in the area now," said Dellinger.
"Really just getting kids back in to the sport of surfing and what's it's really about and that's having fun, meeting new friends, and being a family," said Jackson.
That's why Phil Jackson with Surf Dreams Foundation is our latest Jefferson Award winner.
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