Seven-time world surfing champion Kelly Slater has given the kids from his favourite charity, the Space Coast Early Intervention Center (SCEIC), an early Christmas present.
Slater scored a perfect 10-point ride during the last ASP World Championship Tour event of the year, the Pipeline Masters in Hawaii in December, and that means donations to the SCEIC, a special school in Melbourne, in his home state of Florida, USA.
Since 2002, every time Kelly has posted a perfect score in WCT competition, Jim MacDonald, a successful entrepreneur based in Southern California, has donated money to the SCEIC, a non-profit therapeutic preschool for children with and without special needs. The children range in age from 1-6 years old. The center is also a training site for future educators.
This year MacDonald has donated US$5,000 to the charity as Slater racked up the perfect rides.
“I am very proud to be the founder and a strong supporter of the ‘Kelly’s 10s for Kids’ program,” MacDonald said. “This has been a fantastic year for Kelly and his favorite charity. Kelly’s record performance of scoring eight 10s during this year’s WCT competition was phenomenal, especially since he created two other legendary achievements during the year: first by scoring two of his 10s in a single heat at the WCT finals at Teahupoo and second by winning his seventh world title.
“I want to thank Kelly, the Quiksilver Foundation, the 650 volunteers at SCEIC and all of Kelly’s fans from around the world who have joined me by giving so generously to this great cause which brings so many blessings to the lives of children who have special needs, persistent strength and unyielding ambitions.”
The Quiksilver Foundation has donated US$1,000 for each of Slater’s perfect 10s.
Executive director Kathie Armstrong said today: “Wow, another 10 for world champion Kelly! This means another $1000 from the Quiksilver Foundation, bringing our total contribution this year to $8,000 for ‘Kelly’s 10s for Kids’. We are thrilled that Kelly has had such a tremendous year and that we can honor him by supporting his cause for the deserving young children at SCEIC.”
Slater, who wrapped up an unprecedented seventh world title in Brazil in November, said: “To receive a 10-point ride is a blessing in itself, but to have it honored by giving to those who could use a little support to accomplish the things they want to do in life is a bigger blessing.”
SCEIC spokesperson Shelley Johnson said their mission was to be the community’s premier non-profit center for the support, care, and maximum development of young children challenged by disabilities and their typically developing peers.
“At SCEIC, we believe that children with and without developmental delays, learning side-by-side, allows all children to develop friendships, become leaders and role models, and learn acceptance and diversity,” Johnson said.
“We congratulate Kelly on his awesome athletic ability, and thank Jim for his creative idea and generous support, along with Quiksilver and Kelly’s fans, who have also donated money, which has led to life-changing successes for SCEIC children and their families.”
IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO MAKE A DONATION TO SCEIC THEIR ADDRESS IS:
Space Coast Early Intervention Center, Suite D, 3661 S. Babcock St. Melbourne, Florida, 32901, USA. Or visit their website at www.sceic.com
www.sceic.com For further information please contact Shelley Johnson at SCEIC on Phone: +1 321 431 0445 Email: Shellsbells100@aol.com
www.sceic.com Kathie Armstrong, Quiksilver FoundationPhone: +1 714 889 7198 Email: Kathie.Armstrong@quiksilver.com