For the first time in the team’s 12-year history, UNF’s collegiate surf team has placed among the top surf teams in the state. The team has made it a point to not only be successful in competition, but has focused much of their time and effort into fundraising for charity and community events around the 904.
Now they need your help.
This year alone, the team has raised over $2,500 for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, as well as nearly $2,800 that will go towards their competitive and travel fees for the team’s season. However, in order to have an eight surfer/athlete team travel to California this June for the 2014 NSSA National Collegiate Surfing Championships, the team is looking for more funding to make their dreams in fighting for the National title possible.
Adam Bartoshesky stepped into the role as team president and captain this year and has done a great job bringing the team back to the top, while trying to give back at the same time.
“This year I assumed the role as President and Captain of the team and it has been an awesome year, our most successful competitive season in our 12 year history. Aside from dominating the competitive field here in FLorida, and topping big name schools like the University of Florida, the University of Central Florida, Flagler College and the Florida Institute of Technology, we have done a great job getting involved with the community, as well as fundraising,” Bartoshesky said.
After all the efforts they have made to succeed competitively, and filtering donations back to the Jacksonville community, they haven’t been able to make enough money to pay for their travels out to San Clemente, Ca. to compete for the National Championship. The team is now looking to the JAX community to back them.
The team has set up a donation page here (gofundme.com) and they are encouraging people to not only donate, but share the page with friends, family and anyone in the community that would be willing to help them get to Cali.
“Every donation, no matter how big or small, helps and is greatly appreciated,” Bartoshesky said.
This year, UNF topped the rankings for total points earned throughout the season, beating out every other school in Florida, but fell short in claiming the NSSA East Coast Championships in New Smyrna. There, they finished fourth behind University of North Carolina at Wilmington, first, Flagler, second, and University of Central Florida, third. Although they didn’t do as well as they hoped in the regional final, they hope to take the momentum from the season as a whole out to Salt Creek to win the title and bring it back to JAX.