Participants in the 2019 Fun in the Sun enjoy splashing and surfing in the waves on Hilton Head Island. COURTESY MOONLIGHT PRODUCTIONS

The annual beach day known as Fun in the Sun for Everyone is scheduled for Sept. 11 from 9 a.m. to noon, and everyone in the community is invited to join in.

The event, presented by the nonprofit Pockets Full of Sunshine, includes beach activities for people with special needs, their families, and friends.

This annual event gives all community members, no matter their age or ability, the opportunity to enjoy the beach in a safe and inclusive setting. Activities will include paddle boarding, boogie boarding, surfing, beach games and relaxation.

Lifeguards and volunteers will be present to ensure a safe environment for all. Adult or caregiver supervision is required for all attendees.

Shuttles from the parking lot to the beach will be provided. Beach access is wheelchair accessible. There is no admission fee.

Fun in the Sun for Everyone has been built off a 2015 Special Needs Surf Day, started by a then-high school surfer, James Bartholomew, who wanted to provide a fun day of surfing for his sister and her classmates with special needs.

The event has continued to grow, and in 2019, more than 250 people attended. The 2020 event was cancelled due to COVID-19, but Pockets Full of Sunshine partnered with Forest Beach Surf to provide an opportunity for its members to enjoy the water, despite the  pandemic.

Pre-registration is encouraged so participants can request a T-shirt size and sign the event waiver. Volunteers are welcome, and should also register in advance.

Visit for more information and to register online.

Since 2014, Pockets Full of Sunshine has been working to make the Lowcountry a “sunnier place” by providing social and vocational opportunities for adults with intellectual disabilities. PFS programs enhance the lives of exceptional adults (known as Rays) by increasing exposure and interactions within the community, promoting independence, growth, a sense of belonging, and personal pride. Founded by Dayna Dehlinger and Laurin Rivers, partnering with Carol and R.J. Bartholomew, PFS has a goal of bridging the gap between the general population and individuals with special needs.