Organizations We Support | Focus on Youth
From the very beginning, our tournament founders felt a strong commitment to not only highlight the phenomenal, and often overlooked, fishing off Virginia Beach, but to also create an event that gives back to the community. Then and now they believe that the future belongs to our children and it’s our responsibility to conserve our marine resources for them.
Each year during the tournament you have an opportunity to donate to the Virginia Beach Billfish Foundation (VBBF) which supports these organizations. Look for the “Gift From the Heart” booth under the big tent.
In addition to our commitment to youth organizations including An Achievable Dream Academy, the Boys and Girls Clubs, Stop Abuse and the Virginia Beach Sheriff’s D.A.R.E. program, we feel that the fate of our sportfishing traditions are closely intertwined with the health and viability of our oceans and the fish they harbor. To that end we support two organizations that work tirelessly to protect and maintain these resources for the generations to come – the Recreational Fishing Alliance and The Billfish Foundation.
To date we have donated over $610,000 to support these organizations.
An Achievable Dream Academy
An Achievable Dream is a unique partnership between Newport News Public Schools, the City of Newport News, and the local business community to give our students who are at risk of failure in school due to socioeconomic factors, a chance to succeed. Students in kindergarten through 12th grade are offered a quality education in a nurturing environment as well as the opportunity to develop meaningful relationships with caring adults.
It is our mission to challenge and motivate all students to exceed their own expectations in academic achievement and social progress and to instill in all children respect for themselves, respect for their adult leaders and respect for core human values by providing all children with a social academic, and moral education.
Boys & Girls Clubs
In every community, boys and girls are left to find their own recreation and companionship in the streets. An increasing number of children are at home with no adult care or supervision. Young people need to know that someone cares about them.
Boys & Girls Clubs offer that and more. Club programs and services promote and enhance the development of boys and girls by instilling a sense of competence, usefulness, belonging and influence. They’re a safe place to learn and grow while having fun—they are truly the Positive Place for Kids. The BAGC mission is to enable all young people, especially those who need us most, to reach their full potential as productive, caring, responsible citizens. They provide
• A safe place to learn and grow.
• Ongoing relationships with caring, adult professionals.
• Life-enhancing programs.
• Character developing experiences.
• Hope and opportunity.
Stop Abuse, formerly known as the Children’s Performance Workshops, is a 501(c)3 organization founded in Virginia Beach in 1986 that helps prevent child sexual abuse through education, detection and referral.
The nationally acclaimed marionette program, Simon Says Just Tell teaches young children essential safety education – that your body is your own – and how to recognize, prevent and disclose sexual abuse. Children learn messages of self-worth, empowerment and what to do when a potentially dangerous situation occurs.
The program has lead to the arrest and prosecution of hundreds of child molesters in Hampton Roads alone and thousands of cases of prevention have been directly attributed to the program as well.
Funding to help bring Simon Says Just Tell to our local schools and youth centers is dependent solely on the generosity of individuals, and foundation and corporation grants.
Virginia Beach Sheriff’s D.A.R.E. Program
This year millions of school children around the world will benefit from D.A.R.E. (Drug Abuse Resistance Education), the highly acclaimed program that gives kids the skills they need to avoid involvement in drugs, gangs and violence.
D.A.R.E. was founded in 1983 in Los Angeles and has proven so successful that it is now being implemented in 75% of our nation’s school districts and in more than 43 countries around the world. The program is a police officer-led series of classroom lessons that teaches children from kindergarten through 12th grade how to resist peer pressure and live productive drug and violence-free lives.
Contemporary America is rampant with challenges that could keep children from a positive life path. D.A.R.E.’s mission is to equip kids with the tools that will enable them to avoid negative influences and instead allow them to focus on their strengths and potential. Additionally, it establishes positive relationships between students and law enforcement, teachers, parents, and other community leaders.
D.A.R.E. gives youngsters the opportunity to grow up healthy, safe, secure and equipped with the skills needed to succeed in life.