Ground Zero 501(c)(3) is a not only a physical location in Myrtle Beach, but also a support network, where every teenager can go, belong and grow. Through life-changing experiences and nurturing relationships, Ground Zero makes a positive impact in the lives of today’s teenagers— empowering them and giving them the tools and support necessary to transform their lives and build a better future for themselves, no matter their faith. Ground Zero offers these resources during what is for many teens, difficult and complex years of their lives.
Traditionally, the Ground Zero Dragon Boat Festival is held annually at Grand Park in the Market Common the last Saturday of April. The festival serves a dual purpose— it’s Ground Zero’s largest annual fundraiser which keeps operations steady throughout the year and supports their youth programs, and is itself, a fun-filled, community-building activity that everyone looks forward to and rallies behind— whether as a spectator, sponsor, or participant in the races themselves.
Around 8,000-10,000 people turn-out to witness and cheer-on the scores of brightly colored boats manned by local teams as they race against one another on the lake. There are DJs and vendors and live entertainment in addition to the races, ensuring a very good time for all.
However, Covid-19 has raised many challenges for the ministry, first in postponing, then in how to coordinate appropriate social distancing at this locally beloved event. Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, this 12th year of celebrations will deviate from the norm; for everyone’s safety, the festival will not be physical, but virtual.
The Dragon Boat Community has proven over the years that they are passionate, strong and dedicated to making a difference in the lives of local teenagers; they are committed to keeping the same spirit and momentum of support and strong purpose going throughout the Virtual Dragon Boat Races.
Throughout the month of August, via Facebook, video chats, and email, Ground Zero will lead Dragon Boat team members to raise funds for the ministry. They have some awesome incentives and prizes in store for those who rank among the highest for this race. As always, the funds raised will support Ground Zero’s positive life-impacting programs for local teenagers.
And new this year, they are launching the Your Year Scholarship. The scholarship will be awarded to a high school senior for further education or any structured program that is beneficial for his or her faith and future.
Mark your calendars for August 22; there will be a live TV broadcast from Ground Zero for reports on how much they’ve raised, how much there is left to achieve, and all-around celebrations for what has been and continues to be accomplished.
We’re all in this boat together right now, proverbially, if not physically speaking. So let’s continue to make a difference and a positive impact.
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All are welcome to get involved whether they are on a team or not.