Baywatch Partners With a Chance For Children

In the early 90’s, Greg Bonann, a Los Angeles county lifeguard and creator of the world famous television series Baywatch, talked about the concept of having a “Baywatch theme-related camp.”  That’s where Tai Collins, a freelance writer for the show stepped up to the plate. She was already working with children at the Chernow House homeless shelter and her thought was to make this a camp for homeless and inner city youth – kids who could most benefit from the experience; kids who live in poverty and around gang influence and violence; kids who could easily choose the wrong path without productive and creative outlets to develop and discover their dreams. Greg’s vision was to give these children a chance to experience the beach, fresh air, and a place to run. He wanted them to learn to swim, be water safe, have knowledge of CPR, and have happy memories. In 1994, Camp Baywatch came to life at Pepperdine University and quickly became more than just a summer camp – offering a variety of programs starting in kindergarten through to college.

Just as the foundation has grown and evolved, their name changed and evolved to become more reflective of what they do. Baywatch ended its long television run and with that ending the foundation took on a new name – A Chance for Children Foundation. Their focus is “at-risk” youth of inner city Los Angeles. Statistics show that 15 million children nationwide have no place to go after school and are more likely to be victims of crime or to participate in bad behavior. Tai and Greg have watched their own dream become a reality. Particularly noteworthy is that the majority of their volunteers are the youth and parents who have come through the program – coming back to give of themselves. Tai says, “We know that kids go where there is excitement… but they stay where there is love.” www.achanceforchildren.org


Baywatch Partners With a Chance For Children
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Baywatch Partners With a Chance For Children
Tied in with the new Baywatch movie, A Chance for Children, the brainchild of Greg Bonann and Tai Collins, evolved from a summer camp called Camp Baywatch, which originated at Pepperdine University