My children participated in their first AWOW event in Malibu. Everyone involved with the event were very welcoming and warm. They immediately treated us as family. My 3 children all have special needs and are usually afraid to even step foot on sand and cling to my body when trying to get them into the ocean. AWOW volunteers were able to get my children into the water and love it so much they didn’t want to leave. This is an amazing program filled with so much love, happiness and support. My children were calm and relaxed after the event and my son with ASD was more responsive the past couple of days after the event. We will be going to upcoming events that are already full just to take part of the community feel of the event even though they won’t be able to surf and we look forward to hopefully getting a spot in the future. Thank you to all involved in this amazing program. I will never forget the joy on my children’s faces that you brought them.

-Lauren