In honor of The Really Big Show this month, we are highlighting not only a volunteer but a true friend of Jimmy’s. Arthur and Jimmy met in Berkeley while attending UC Berkeley. They became fast friends, lived together and traveled around the globe. Arthur’s girlfriend (now wife Lisa) was also roommates with Jimmy. Both Arthur and Lisa have a lot of admiration and love for their dear friend.
Pierce is finishing his Sophomore year of high school with plans to attend Cal Poly to study Engineering. He always asks how he can support our Marines in the ocean or any of us on the beach. He attends most of our Camp Pendleton session throughout the year and is able to do his service work with JMMF at each. You’ll find Pierce shredding his foamy or shortboard before every OT session, but with plenty of energy to assist our Athletes for hours afterward. We are lucky to have him!
Thank you Pierce!
Photo Cred: Timothy Reed Murphy
Jonathan credits his choice to become an Occupational Therapist on the JMMF Program. Jonathan has spent years volunteering with us at Camp Pendleton and Manhattan Beach. He has a contagious smile and a peaceful demeanor that puts our Athletes, Volunteers, and Staff at ease instantly. He genuinely shares his stoke for the ocean and surfing with anyone, and we’re so grateful to call this World Changer, a Family Member.
Photo by: Alex Postigo
Jessica Ripley is a certified Therapeutic Recreational Specialist currently earning her MA in Psychology. She plans to utilize her skills and knowledge to start her own Group Surf Therapy for Substance Abuse Program called Waves of Recovery. At each of our Ocean Therapy sessions, Jessica is kind, considerate and dependable. She is dedicated to ensuring our athletes have a successful day in a supportive and healing environment. She unfailingly brings a smile to the ocean with her stoke for surfing and gives the most heartfelt hugs. Find Jessica at every Camp Pendleton session; she’s our ray of sunshine!
All star cast included Peff Eick, Lt. Col. Steve Mount and 10 Marines, including 3 first timers!
Laughter was the best medicine at this Ocean Therapy session. See everyone at THE JIMMY on Sunday!
JMMF board member Andy Dellenbach coaches a first timer with guest instructors Brad and Jerry.
Safety instructor Kyle demonstrates the way to stand on with board with a first time Marine surfer.
(Here is a new article from GrindTV.com in which Sephan discusses his experience with JMMF)
STEPHAN JENKINS donated time this week to the JIMMY MILLER FOUNDATION at CAMP PENDLETON in SAN DIEGO, where a number of wounded, ill or injured MARINES attached to the WOUNDED WARRIOR BATALLION were hosted. For each “Ocean Therapy” session, there is a discussion about a theme related to trauma and recovery and how it relates to the ocean. After the discussion there is a 90-minute surf session followed by a closing circle. JENKINS spent the morning teaching MARINES how to surf, and in essence sharing his love for a sport that has provided him with so much personal joy over the years.
“Surfing is foundational to my life. Still it doesn’t feel complete until I share it with others,” JENKINS said. “Sharing it with service members who have carried their trauma home and seeing what it does for them completes it for me. There is no place I would have rather spent my birthday.” For more information on “Ocean Therapy” and THE JIMMY MILLER FOUNDATION, check out its official homepage jimmymillerfoundation.org.
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