Eight-year-old Maddie Vierra recently got a week at Maui Surfer Girls camp. The Will Smith Charitable Foundation made it possible. The WSF has funded the week-long surf camp adventure for several Maui girls since Smith’s tragic death.
Smith was just eight when he died in automobile accident in 2007. A year later, Smith’s mother, Susan Moulton, met MSG founder Dustin Tester at the spot where the accident occurred. Moulton was commemorating what would have been Will’s ninth birthday by placing a lei and balloons on a cross when Tester approached her. They became friends.
Visitors and locals attend the surf camp. In addition to providing surfing lessons, the camp offers visits to local attractions and a variety of activities like arts and crafts. It’s designed to build self-confidence in young women through surfing as well as providing strong female role models.
“It’s amazing to me the incredible aloha this island has offered my family and this organization since Will’s death,” said Moulton. “The people that have come into my life, the doors that have opened that allowed me to find the need, and continue awareness of my dear son are greatly appreciated. ”
For more information on scholarship opportunities and events sponsored by WSF, visit Willsmithfoundation.org.
Photo courtesy Will Smith Foundation