Future 6 Helping Hand is a Florida based 501(c)(3) charity organization founded in 2012 providing FREE ocean centric programs for children with special needs including mental and physical disabilities. Since our inception, Future 6 has created and hosted hundreds of free events for children with special needs across multiple communities. Our events and programs provide amazing atmospheres complete with natural confidence building, healthy physical exercise, coastal awareness, and opportunities for children to participate in programs many families may not have considered. Through the simple concept of inclusion, we create a lifetime of memories and help families realize their child's ABILITIES. Many of our participants have been getting salty with us for more than 5 years!
Our Flagship Program, Future 6 Surf Therapy, is a free therapeutic surfing program that is directed specifically at children with special needs. The program fulfills something different for each individual child based on their mental and/or physical disability such as social interaction, teamwork, confidence, and in some instances simply speaking. The program’s purpose is to safely and successfully provide unforgettable experiences for children with special needs and their families with hands-on training and personal attention. The F6 Surf Therapy Program runs in South and Central Florida once per month starting in April throughout the summer
Future 6 Helping Hand is made possible by a group of likeminded community leaders whose lives have all been positively influenced by saltwater and board sports. As a team sharing in the weekly, monthly, and annual goals, we aim to spread a positive message of empowerment and mentorship to each other and the communities we serve by growing F6 to its maximum potential. Take a look below to get to know the Future 6 team and reach out to any of us anytime.
Donny OttofaroFounder | President
Benjamin RicciardiPublic Relations
Jesse RobinsonDeputy Director
Mike RicciardiCompliance Officer
Scott KeenDevelopment Director
Steve AbbottProgram Director
Kacie FeeleyEvents Coordinator
Erica MarinoVolunteer Coordinator
Can get involved. Our success is directly dependent on our volunteers and sponsors. We are actively seeking volunteers and children for our programs. Give back to your community and the children who need it the most. Click the button below to make a donation.
Your Community. Our Impact.
In the summer of 2012, Future 6 received its 501c3 status approval and began immediately planning and organizing an infrastructure to be executed and expanded in the coming months. By the summer of 2013, Future 6 Helping Hand Fund, Inc (D/B/A Future 6 and/or F6) began hosting free athletic camps and executing larger fundraisers within the local communities with great success and outreach. F6 went to work immediately partnering with area facilities to host free ocean centric programs for children with special needs while maintaining relationships to continue it’s youth empowerment campaigns. F6 has some exciting big plans for our organization in the future. Stay tuned to our Facebook for updates on new events, fundraisers, and more free programs for our children.