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For the last six weeks, we've shared the stories behind six inspiring outdoor organizations that are making the world better every day.
Through their work, these organizations have inspired celebrities to join their cause and support their good work. Check out this slideshow to get a recap on which organizations are competiting, then click here to see exclusive interviews with celebs like Will Ferrell, Ed Norton, Danny Way, and Laird Hamilton!
Every weekday from 7am to 6pm during the school year and throughout the summer, children tumble through the Boys and Girls Clubs of Albuquerque and Rio Rancho, served by only seventeen staff members and a bevy of eager volunteers. From homework assistance and physical fitness activities to healthy habits education (including nutrition, personal wellness, and drug resistance training), the programs focus on keeping kids (many from at-risk backgrounds) active and learning—and happy.
Watch a video with former Albuquerque Club member Arian Foster (now a record-breaking NFL running back) and vote for it now!
Teaching the next generation of kids to care about the planet is key to sustainability. So what better way to reach out to kids than with action sports heroes like legendary skateboarder Danny Way? “The action sports industry connects to fashion, music, and mainstream sports,” says Action Sports Environmental Coalition founder Frank Scura. “If we’re doing something about sustainability, the ripple effect will ultimately help change the world.”
To watch a video with Danny Way and vote for ASEC, click here!
Helping to preserve the balance between man and nature, the Maasai Wilderness Conservation Trust funds three major initiatives to keep the community strong: conservation, health, and education. Its funds go directly towards helping the Maasai pay for community health clinics and a doctor; provide books and funding for 20 primary schools in the area for children; and protect their unique African wildlife and habitat for all to enjoy.
After visiting the MWCT's Campi ya Kanzi eco-lodge as a guest, Ed Norton was so inspired by their work that he became the director of the MWCT in U.S.
Watch Norton talk about the importance of the MWCT and vote for it here!
In just the past five years, Surfrider Foundation has achieved more than 150 victories for water preservation, from opening seven new beaches in New Jersey and stopping a toll road from being built through a state park in California to preserving an Oregon beach from development. And it’s all due to the grassroots efforts of 60,000 members.
Watch a video with famed surfer Laird Hamilton talking about why he supports Surfrider Foundation and vote for it here!
The Sonoran Desert Mountain Bicyclists (SDMB) was established in 1998 by a handful of intrepid mountain bikers advocating for good trails and land conservation in southern Arizona. It has only three full-time staff and eleven board members, but has been able to preserve open land and most of the mountain bike trails in the Tucson area. With supporters including world-class pro cyclist Todd Wells, they have become the go-to local experts in trail advocacy, helping build a bike park for a neighborhood school, training others on how to build trails, and chipping in funds for trail signs when the Forest Service is short on cash.
To watch a video with Todd Wells and vote for SDMB, click here!
For its first ten years, CFC was a scrappy nonprofit, where Craig Pollard, his wife Stacy, and six dedicated friends pulled together a golf tournament and gave every penny to scholarships. Then, one of Pollard’s USC frat buddies and CFC supporter from the start became famous: Will Ferrell. The organization took off with his help. It now employees two staff members and awards around 90 scholarships annually of $1,000 to $4,000 to kids heading to schools such as Stanford, Harvard, UC Berkeley, and Texas A&M.
Watch a video with Will Ferrel and vote for CFC here!
From mountain bikers protecting open land and indigenous communities saving lions in Africa to surfers protecting oceans and skateboarders going green, there are no shortage of amazing people who are reshaping the world. So help them out now with just one click, and you can help award $50,000 to support their work. Vote for your favorite now.