News from the Water

  • Junior Wai Koa 2022 Recap

    Labor Day weekend is here, which officially means that summer — and our programmatic season — is ending. Since the summer closing also means  “back to school,” it seems fitting that as we relax this holiday weekend, we’re particularly reflective on the time we spent with some Annapolis youth for our Junior Wai Koa program. 

    If you’re unfamiliar, this Live Water Foundation pillar program allows us to provide an unforgettable summer camp experience for historically underserved children through a partnership with the Housing Authority of the City of Annapolis (HACA). Twice a week for six weeks, we facilitate stand-up paddle board lessons and Chesapeake Bay restoration-centered educational experiences for children who live in HACA communities, both of which strengthen and solidify their connection to the watershed. This year, through the hard work of our outreach and development team, we were able to add a swim component to this program. We wrote an entire blog about why that is so important, and we hope you check it out, but to put it simply: we wanted to help kids conquer their fears and better enrich this whole experience.
  • AACC Upholds Ongoing Water Monitoring of Spa and Back Creeks

    While our social programs may be our most visible, it's our environmental focus that connects everything we do. During the summer, you’ll easily spot us out on the water with the youth and veteran groups that we run, and that tends to be what draws the most attention. That said, water itself, and specifically our neck of the Chesapeake Bay, very much is the foundation upon which all of our other work is built. Which is why we are thrilled to have established an official partnership with Anne Arundel Community College (AACC) to maintain ongoing water quality monitoring of Back Creek, the flagship location of our parent company Capital SUP.
  • Criminal to Cameraman, Photographer Sura Sohna Talks with Live Water Foundation

    Recently, Live Water Foundation had the pleasure of hiring local photographer Sura Sohna as the exclusive cameraman for our Junior Wai Koa program. In addition to being an extremely gifted self-taught shutterbug, Sura has an inspiring and empowering story that immediately drew us to want to work with him. Though the circumstances that brought him national attention on the Ellen Degeneres Show were anything but ordinary, unfortunately the story of poverty and desperation that would ultimately lead to his incarceration is all too common in the Annapolis community where Sura grew up. After being sentenced to 13 years in prison for burglary, Sura was released 12 years early due to the tremendous work of his childhood friend and youth philanthropist, Brandon Harris.
  • A Look at our 2022 Programs

    Our favorite time of year has officially arrived! The warm weather and longer hours of sunshine are always a welcomed treat, but they’re extra special because they mark the beginning of our programmatic season. We’ve got a couple (exciting) additions and new followers since our Live Water Luau, so we thought this was an opportune moment to reintroduce our programs to you.
  • Volunteer with Live Water Foundation this Summer!

    Our programmatic season has officially begun! This is easily our favorite time of year, but we can’t do it without the help of our amazing volunteers. Live Water Foundation is 100% volunteer-run. Donations go right back into our programs. Thanks to our team and those who volunteer their time to join us, we can execute our Mission.

    There are many reasons to volunteer; it’s a great way to meet new people who share similar interests, it will get you outside and moving on these gorgeous summer days, you’ll get to try new things and even enjoy experiences that other people sometimes have to pay for. On top of that, giving back feels good! We’ve got lots of opportunities for you to join us on our Mission to Inspire and Empower the people and organizations we work with by facilitating watersports programs that improve our communities health, wellness, and environment.

  • Announcing: Swim Lessons Now Offered through Junior Wai Koa!

    As part of our ongoing effort to perfect our programs and offer the best services possible to our participants, we’re incredibly pleased to announce that this year, we are expanding our Junior Wai Koa program to include swim instruction. This expansion is the result of careful and extensive planning on behalf of our outreach and development committee. Sharing our goal to create a free swim program for under-resourced youth, we teamed up with former collegiate diver Erika Matheis.
  • Live Water Luau Recap

    It’s been just over a week since we hosted our first ever Live Water Luau, and we’re still glowing from the experience. Though the weather wasn’t quite in our favor, we were able to keep everyone dry under a large tent outside the grounds of the Historic Charles Carroll House in downtown Annapolis. We’re grateful to our wonderful sponsors, our hardworking volunteers and our gracious community. With your helpful feedback, we’re already planning how to make next year’s luau even better!
  • Live Water Luau - Wai Koa, Junior Wai Koa, & Oyster Growing Sponsors

    It’s time to say thank you to our sponsors for this year’s Live Water Luau. Each of our sponsors are businesses and individuals from around the greater Annapolis area that are exemplary of community leadership and commitment to service. We are so proud to have them as our sponsors for an event that we hope will encapsulate the collective mindset we are lauding in these folks.

    We’ve got several people to thank today: Our Wai Koa sponsors, Even Health, Annapolis eFoils, and Absolute Fire Protection; our Junior Wai Koa sponsor, Crest Wealth; and our Oyster Growing sponsors, Bay Paddle and the Annapolis Waterfront Hotel.

  • Live Water Luau After Party Sponsors

    It’s time to say thank you to our sponsors for this year’s Live Water Luau. Each of our sponsors are businesses and individuals from around the greater Annapolis area that are exemplary of community leadership and commitment to service. We are so proud to have them as our sponsors for an event that we hope will encapsulate the collective mindset we are lauding in these folks.

    Today we are saying thank you to our after-party sponsors, Dock Street Bar & Grill and Mana Supply Co.. Mana and Dock Street are our official after-party sponsors, meaning that not only does their generosity help to broadcast our Mission — to Inspire and Empower the people and organizations we work with by facilitating watersports programs that improve the health, wellness, and environment of our communities — they’re also the reason we’ll be dancing all night long!

  • Live Water Luau Bar Sponsors

    It’s time to say thank you to our sponsors for this year’s Live Water Luau. Each of our sponsors are businesses and individuals from around the greater Annapolis area are exemplary of community leadership and commitment to service. We are so proud to have them as our sponsors for an event that we hope will encapsulate the collective mindset we are lauding in these folks.

    Today, we are extending our deepest appreciation for these companies that have signed on as sponsors for our first ever Live Water Luau. Their generosity helps to broadcast our Mission to Inspire and Empower the people and organizations we work with by facilitating watersports programs that improve the health, wellness, and environment of our communities. 

  • Getting to Know Vince Proffitt | Live Water Luau Title Sponsor

    Vince Proffitt, Founder and CEO of Proffitt Brothers Foundation was born and raised in and around Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, the youngest of three siblings. In his later adolescence, Vince was necessitated to secure his own living accommodations and largely supported himself while staying with friends. His excellence in football, along with his perseverance in academics, afforded him the extracurriculars and SAT scores he needed to get into the United States Air Force Academy. Along the way, Vince maintained his own business, “Vinnie’s Landscaping” shoveling snow and cutting grass around the greater Mt. Lebanon community. Today, he supports the Pittsburgh Penguins from outside of Washington D.C., where he runs the medical device company he created called Spartan Medical Inc., of which Proffitt Brothers Foundation (PBF) is the charitable arm.

  • Getting to Know Erica Baker | Live Water Luau Title Sponsor

    Erica Baker is an independent realtor based in Annapolis. She’s a longtime friend of Live Water Foundation and has been one of our supporters since our founding in 2017. Erica has had many interests throughout the years, especially when it came to challenging herself. She’s tried her hand at nearly every athletic opportunity that has come her way, from softball to gymnastics, has stepped foot on almost every continent, and began her solopreneur journey at just 21. Erica is still involved with recreational sports (her adult volleyball team just won their championship) and became introduced to us through race training with our partner, Capital SUP.