Meet Sean Swentek of A Walk On Water in Headquartered
Today we’d like to introduce you to Sean Swentek.
Sean, let’s start with your story. We’d love to hear how you got started and how the journey has been so far.
A Walk On Water was created by a dedicated group of watermen who recognized the powerful impact of our natural ocean for people in need, what we call “Surf Therapy.”
AWOW was founded on the principle that we all benefit from being in and around the water, what Wallace J. Nichols calls living a “blue mind life”, and that the most profound therapeutic effects often take place when introducing Surf Therapy to those with the greatest need.
AWOW’s mission is to provide Surf Therapy to children with special needs or disability, but we are completely non-exclusive and have taken individuals of all walks out into the ocean to surf with us. We have served people of all ages and abilities, those fighting socioeconomic hardships, mental health issues, and every type of disability or special need.
Since launching in 2012, AWOW has welcomed over 1,000 families and provided Surf Therapy to over 2,000 children and adults in need, with a stated goal of reaching thousands more each year. Our team is led by an unmatched group of over 1,000 dedicated volunteers across the U.S. and beyond, including a 6-person board of directors featuring industry-leading expertise and over 100 years of combined philanthropic guidance.
AWOW Surf Therapy events are held across the continental United States, from coast to coast, and we continue to look for new areas with the greatest need to hold new events. Recent first-time event locations include Austin, TX (at a wave park!); Santa Cruz, CA; Spring Lake, NJ; Cardiff, CA; and Virginia Beach, VA.
We are blessed to have a strong group of supporters and partners that have helped us grow from two events our first year to 11 events in 2018. With strong supporting communities and partnerships, we hope to continue to grow and reach many more people in need.