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THis ONE'S FOR ANDREW

 
 
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THE MISSION

 
 

The Big Andrew Foundation is a non-profit watermen's collective and community empowerment network dedicated to inspiring individuals to lead a purposeful, healthy and active lifestyle through our relationship with the ocean and contributing waterways.

 
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CURRENT EVENTS

 
 

PAST EVENTS

 

SUMMER PROGRAMs

We're so excited to be heading into summer and have put together some great calendars to let you know how we plan on spending our favorite season.  Stay tuned for August's calendar, which will be posted soon!

This year, we're offering plenty of opportunities to get active, feel good, and have an impact. Look out for everything from beach cleanups to beach yoga, and start getting stoked for the 10th Annual Surf Contest and 4th Annual Car Show.

There's a lot to look forward to and we can't wait to see you at the beach!


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Our third beach cleanup of the summer is just a few days away!

Join us Saturday, July 22nd, from 8am-9am, at Long Sands Beach in York, ME.

We bring the gloves and trash bags, you just bring the hands to help us pick up trash!

To find us, look out for the bath house at Long Sands and our Big Andrew Foundation Tent. 

 

 

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ANDREW'S STORY

 

Following a year and a half battle with acute lymphoblastic leukemia, our friend Andrew Gmelch passed away on December 5, 2007, at the young age of 15. Andrew was an avid surfer, skateboarder, snowboarder, as well as loving brother and devoted son.
 
Always known as the one who could put a smile on someones face no matter what the situation, Andrew was an individual who lived with unforgettable character. Even at the height of his illness, his optimism and good heartedness remained at the core of his being. The effort in which Andrew expressed in activities ranging from extreme sports to his school studies, provides us with an extraordinary example of how living with passion means to live without regrets and fears. His quick wit and sense of humor also taught those of us who knew him how to live with a little humility, and to take life as it comes.