Best Day Foundation
Rating: 4.94 stars 49 49 reviews 1,895
Children & Youth, Disabilities, Human Services
567 Auto Center Drive Suite 6 Watsonville CA 95076 USA
Best Day helps children with special needs build confidence and self-esteem through safe, fun filled adventure activities which stretch their limits, expand their true potential, reinforce their achievement, and connect them with diverse populations in their community. Current activities include Surfing, Body Boarding, Kayaking, SUP (stand up paddling), Outrigger Canoeing, and Snow sports.
Since 2008 Best Day has served over 1,900 children with special needs in 65 beach and snow events in California, New Jersey, and New York.
children with special needs aged 4-24.
Best Day offers beach events in California and New Jersey, and snow events in New York.
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Thank you! Thank you! Thank you! This was our first event with Best Day Foundation at Brick III Beach and I am eager to attend more events. Right from the start at check in my son was assigned his buddies Gabby and Arianna, What more can I say about those 2 girls then fabulous, understanding, going with the flow, caring, patient, I can go on and on. It took my son a little time to warm up but in no time they had him playing and I was able to separate, not an easy task for us. When I saw the participants and volunteers coming on to the beach with the entire organization cheering them on, it brought tears to my eyes. To see my son and everyone's children welcomed and feel so special, no words to describe that as a mom. Most of the time our families are in doctor appointments, therapies/treatments, school meetings, with what seems like an endless battle. A day at the beach, impossible for me. For a few hours we could forget those diagnosis and challenges our families deal with and have fun!
The event overall ran smoothly with so many people in attendance, all the children had the ability to participate in all the events offered. Seeing the volunteers encourage children who were hesitating and then they would succeed on getting them in the water or on a surf board and for some just putting a helmet on. I watched the volunteers with a young boy, the volunteers all put on helmets to help him, wear his. They did all they could! Hearing chuckles and seeing smiles between those ocean waves, sight and sound I will never forget, especially my own sons. I could continue to rave and go on and on about your organization but think it is best to say, thank you for the Best Day Ever not just for my son but for myself also.
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My two young sons had the best day at Ventura Beach with Best Day Foundation. They got to do the things that they've never done before like surfing, kayaking, and more with wonderful caring volunteers at their sides. The foundation provided great safety gears and supervision. My husband and I were busy capturing the moment by snapping photos. The foundation also provided the kids with delicious lunches and great goody bags for suveniors. They each got recognized with a metal award at the end of a fun day. We had an awesome day of our lives. We deeply appreciate all you do for these disabled children in our community. Best of luck on your mission.
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We had an amazing time in Ventura with Best Day! My son loved the surfing, we met great people, everything felt safe and well organized. Can't wait to visit again.
My son had the most amazing time! The organizers were so pumped and excited my son totally fed off their energy. We were so lucky to be able to truly have " The best Day ever!" With Best Day Foundation.
The days I've spent volunteering at Best Day have been the best days of my life. You can definitely find me there all six days next summer.
I can't say enough about the best Day foundation. We took both our children with autism surfing today in Brick NJ and the experience was awesome from beginning to end. The volunteers and workers were so professional and caring and it was so organized. We don't often go to the beach because it's difficult but they make it so fun for the kids and the parents can actually watch and enjoy their kids surfing. They gave my children an experience they soon won't forget. I love the awards ceremony and lunch at the end. It was the BEST DAY EVER as my son said.
Joshua was lucky enough to expience a Best Day that he will never forget! The staff and volunteers were absolutely amazing and we are beyond greatful for the amazing opportunity.
When I asked Joshua what his favorite part of the day was he said "all of it, it is my special day!". He gave every activity a try and at the end of the day he was so proud of himself.
The staff and volunteers did a outstanding job at making every child feel special and awesome. The people who worked the event were truly the number one reason Joshua had such an amazing day. The encouragement they gave Joshua gave him the confidence he needed to try new activities that he on any other day would most likely not do.
The smiles on the all the children's faces when they received a medal at the end of the day was as a mother my favorite part of the day. Watching my son smile and having a awesom day was a amazing experience for me as well.
Thank you so much Best Day!!
The Diaz Family
Just got home from the August 2 event on Brick III beach. All I can say was " that was the best day ever" I was a volunteer and just the amount of love and smiles and happy giggles from the kids made my heart swell! What an amazing group of organizers, volunteers and most of all family's and the amazing kids that participate. Truly one of the best days I have had.
Little did I know I was in for the best day of my life volunteering with the Best Day Foundation. I was instantly in awe of the positive energy of the child I was partnered up with. A kid like no other, he was only looking forward to what the day had in store. Not only did Nathan expand what he thought was possible in himself, but so did I.
I was at the beach earlier this summer. Two teenaged boys were standing in the shallow surf, talking about their favorite sports. The taller of the boys said his favorite sport was surfing, and the other agreed. Then the taller boy headed out on a board to ride the waves. Totally typical interaction, except for one thing. The surfer was an adolescent with cognitive disabilities, and his buddy was just your average teen with an extraordinarily big heart. Best Day made it possible for both boys to experience something they wouldn't have otherwise, because chances are, they would not have run across one another in school or in their social circles. Beyond the fun of surfing, paddleboarding, body boarding, or skiing and sledding, those types of interactions are what Best Day is all about.
At a Best day event, youth with disabilities get to enjoy the types of beach and snow experiences that typically developing individuals sometimes take for granted. Volunteers who love outdoor activities get to share that love with people who otherwise face barriers to participating. It is safe, warm, and inviting. Nobody talks about doctors or procedures or school struggles...it's just the best day ever. The very, very Best Day.