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Del Mar Village Association warms up warriors for the Holidays

Richard Earnest (DMVA President), Nico Marcolongo (CAF Operation Rebound Program Manager), Jen Grove (DMVA Executive Director), Gary Wheeler (DMVA Board Member).
Richard Earnest (DMVA President), Nico Marcolongo (CAF Operation Rebound Program Manager), Jen Grove (DMVA Executive Director), Gary Wheeler (DMVA Board Member).

On Thursday, Dec. 17, the Del Mar Village Association (DMVA) donated nine Matuse Wetsuits to the Challenged Athletes Foundation “Operation Rebound.” The Challenged Athletes Foundation’s (CAF) Operation Rebound program is the premier sports and fitness program for American military personnel, veterans and first responders with physical challenges. It provides unparalleled opportunities to pursue active and athletic lifestyles by offering access to funding for equipment, training, competition expenses, Military Center Physical Training, and Sports Clinics.

Every Thursday CAF Operation Rebound holds a weekly Surf Clinic at the 17th Street beach in Del Mar. The weekly surf clinic is a joint venture of the CAF and the Naval Medical Center San Diego Balboa Warrior Athlete Program. The water serves as therapy and rehabilitation with the goal to re-integrate military personnel, veterans and first responders with physical challenges into the public, and to re-establish and grow their independence. The Naval Medical Center San Diego has also officially incorporated the weekly surf clinic as a part of the troops’ rehabilitation program.

This year, in addition to the nine wetsuits, DMVA donated a 10x20 pop-up canopy co-branded with DMVA, Del Mar Lifeguards, and Challenged Athletes Foundation Operation Rebound. The wetsuits were purchased wholesale from local business Matuse, located on the corner of 12th Street and Camino Del Mar. Last year DMVA donated two sand-wheelchairs for use by the Challenged Athletes as well as anyone needing assistance in accessing our beautiful beaches. Funding for these donations were made possible through proceeds generated by the annual Summer Solstice event held in June. DMVA looks forward to continued support of these programs and the purchase of additional products and gear to assist CAF and Operation Rebound.


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