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Volunteers teach underprivileged kids, wounded veterans how to wakeboard

Posted: Updated: Jun 25, 2018 08:25 PM
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Disadvantaged youth and veterans are learning the ins and outs of wakeboarding, thanks to the efforts of a non-profit that is working to keep them active.

The program, called Wake the World, works with a wide range of people, including neglected children, people with physical disabilities and wounded veterans.

The goal of program is to get people out on the water to try something new, program officials said.

Volunteers–who are also boat owners–visited Hagg Lake Monday. FOX 12 stopped by to see how the group was doing.

“It’s actually really fun,” Matthew, a kid at the event Monday, said. “I ate it, though.”

Wake the World started out as a small group of people who would take kids out on the water and has since grown to over 500 volunteers.

The program serves children of all ages, program officials said.

It started in 2012 in Salem and now hosts several events across the country.

At the end of the event, participants receive surprises provided by local donors, such as backpacks full of school supplies.

If you know someone who would like to take part in this program, or if you’d like to volunteer, visit the program’s website

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