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TUESDAY, September 14, 2010

Boys to Men 100 Wave Challenge

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MISSION BEACH (CBS 8) - Surfers will be hitting the beach for a good cause in Mission Beach this weekend.

The Boys to Men 100 Wave Challenge takes place this Saturday, Sept. 18. The goal is to help boys become better men while having fun surfing.

"We're a mentoring program for teenage boys 13-17 and we've got a group of dedicated men that are willing to show up for these guys and be a part of their lives," Boys to Men co-founder Joe Sigurdson said.

Sigurdson believes it's better to make adjustments now.

"They get these course corrections every week and they keep moving forward instead of getting off course and in 20 years they don't even recognize themselves. The results have been amazing," he said.

Boys to Men helped Sarah Katz's son Justen when her husband and his father passed away/

"There was a void in our home, and that's that of a male role, and the individuals who have stepped forward, two or three of them were very different in their walks of life and eclectic, but they have made a commitment to mentor Justen," Katz said.

"I kind of have someone to know what I have to be when I'm a man. I don't have to feel like I have to go learn from some other people like, who are in gangs and stuff because they don't have any male support," Justen said.

Boys to Men does more than mentor. It provides weekend retreats and other experiences for the boys. That's why they are holding the 100 Wave Challenge this weekend.

"It's an important fundraiser. They really operate on a shoestring budget. This event is going to go a long way," Mark Neville of the 100 Wave Challenge said.

We at News 8 are behind the cause, along with many others.

"They're going to have a really good time. Number one, they're going to get breakfast from Souplantation, number two they're going to have lunch from Rubios, number three they're going to have massages in the afternoon if they want them," Neville said.

It's hoped that the Saturday event will help financially and bring an awareness of what Boys to Men does.

"The work they do is amazing and if this is going to get more people to understand and maybe look at the Boys to Men website, I think we've accomplished both goals," Neville said.

To help Boys to Men by sponsoring News 8's Shawn Styles, email him HERE.


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