The Boys and Girls Club of Faulkner County enjoyed a day out on the water Thursday with In His Wakes, a Florida-based water sports ministry.
The event was sponsored by MasterCraft Boats of Arkansas, which provided boats, water equipment and volunteers.
In his Wakes is a traveling ministry team that empowers typically at risk youth to “get off the dock,” or, take a risk.
The program’s description says it “provides opportunity for youth to experience a healthy environment where they are encouraged to leave their fears on the shore, get off the dock and experience victory.”
Ivy Miller, programs coordinator for In His Wakes said kids have a 98 percent success rate in conquering the water sports with the aid of volunteers.
“Some of them have never had the opportunity to be on the water,” Miller said. “They’ve never had a chance to experience this before. It helps to give them confidence and provides many spiritual breath throughs as well. The rest of their lives they are more willing to take risks.”
More than 20 area youth water skied, tubed and knee boarded on the lake Thursday.
This was the third year MasterCraft Boats of Arkansas has sponsored the event called a Day to Remember for the Boys and Girls Club of Faulkner County.
Miller said MC Boats owner James Cicero contacted the ministry team in Florida and asked that the Boys and Girls Club be included in their 50 stops around the United States. Cicero said this is the only stop the group makes in Arkansas.
“We want them to have as much fun as possible today. The Boys and Girls Club is the perfect organization to work with on this,” Cicero said. “Some kids who may not to experience something like these sports, get to today.”
Cicero said volunteers for the day were employees and customers of the store, and many regulars made donations to the traveling ministry team and to the Day to Remember event.
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