Next Peer-2-Pier Challenge Coming Summer 2016!
The Inaugural Peer-2-Pier Challenge took place on the sand in Newport Beach on Sunday, September 21, 2015. The Challenge was simple: Create a 1.7 mile human chain of compassion stretching from the Newport Beach Pier to the Balboa Pier. Although hands did not quite stretch to both piers, over 600 families participated in spreading this universal message of peace.
In anticipation of and celebration of International World Peace Day, this event was created to honor Martin Richard, an 8-year-old boy who was tragically killed when the second of two bombs exploded near the finish line of the Boston Marathon on April 15, 2013. In the days after the bombing, a photo of Martin holding a handmade poster that read, “No more hurting people – Peace” circulated the Internet and was shared by media outlets worldwide. Martin’s view of peace went well beyond simply wanting to prevent violence. To him, peace meant things like togetherness, compassion, teamwork, fairness, sportsmanship, inclusion, and being kind.
The wave of compassion didn’t stop there! After the human chain from pier to pier, families enjoyed a pancake breakfast cooked by Newport Beach Fire Fighters and provided by the BJ’s Restaurant Foundation while they played games and enjoyed live music from Tom Freund at the Balboa Pier Athletic Field. Other local Team Kids partner organizations that address global issues such as environmental protection, poverty, health & wellness and animal welfare also hosted booths surrounding the picnic so families could make a commitment to serve throughout the entire year in the community.
All proceeds directly support Team Kids Challenge Programs in our 11 existing cities. Programs are delivered at no cost alongside police officers and firefighters in elementary schools and promote Martin Richard’s message of compassion through a commitment to service.
Team Kids is proud to partner with generationOn:
The youth division of Points of light, dedicated to inspiring, equipping and mobilizing young people to take action that changes themselves and the world through service.