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MossRehab representatives thank Carusi Middle School students for surfboard donation

Adaptive surfboard designed by Cherry Hill middle school science teacher donated to MossRehab

This is a custom-made surfboard designed by Carusi science teacher Luke Alvarez that features artwork created by students with disabilities at Carusi Middle School. It was donated to MossRehab. (Special to The Sun/The Sun)

On Wednesday, June 15 at 10:30 a.m., representatives from MossRehab will meet with students from Carusi Middle School (Cherry Hill, NJ) at the New Jersey Surfing Hall of Fame (120 W Main St, Tuckerton, NJ) to thank them for a custom, one-of-a-kind surfboard designed by Carusi science teacher and surfboard shaper Luke Alvarez.

The surfboard features inspirational artwork created by students with disabilities at Carusi. The surfboard will be used Sunday, August 7 at this year’s They Will Surf Again, a free, one-day event in Wildwood, N.J. that gets persons with disabilities into the ocean and riding waves  with the help of volunteers. (They Will Surf Again had been canceled the last two years due to COVID 19.)

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This year’s artwork features cut-outs of the students’ hands with words that come to mind when  they were told about They Will Surf Again, including KINDNESS, LOVE, HAPPINESS and TRUST. 

This is the 6th surfboard Alvarez has designed and donated to MossRehab, the presenting sponsor of  They Will Surf Again — the flagship event of the Life Rolls On organization. 

When shaping the boards, Mr. Alvarez, whose company is named Generic Brand Surfboards, works with  input from MossRehab therapists and surfers who have participated in They Will Surf Again events in  the past.

The result are boards with larger proportions, making them extremely stable and capable of  carrying the weight of two riders (a surfer and volunteer) when necessary. The deck of the board also  features a thick pad for comfort and grip and attachment points for adjustable hand straps. 

“I excited to get back with MossRehab after a 2-year pandemic delay,” said Alvarez. “This relationship  allows students at Carusi to help create things that help other people in a tangible way.” 

“This community partnership affirms the commitment we have made as a school and a district to connect beyond our classrooms, while focusing on student wellness,” said Dr. Neil Burti, Principal of Carusi Middle School. “It also underscores our efforts around accessibility, exceptionality, and equity. 

Alvarez is a dedicated practitioner who continues to find ways to support our vison, while making a  tremendous impact on the lives of children. His commitment to students, passion for surfing, and  understanding of the larger role a school can have, are all exemplified through this effort.” 

They Will Surf Again will be held Sunday, August 7 from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the beach at Baker Avenue (behind the Convention Center). Registration to volunteer or participate begins June 20. Learn  more, or register, at LifeRollsOn.org/New Jersey. 

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