If there's any question about the importance of the Surfers Healing day camp for children with autism and their families, consider how long it took for the seventh annual event on Folly Beach to reach its participant cap when online registration opened in May.
Families signed up 250 kids in a mere four minutes.
"The word is out," says local organizer and surf mom extraordinaire Nancy Hussey.
Surfers Healing was founded by Izzy Paskowitz, a member of the legendary Dorian "Doc" Paskowitz surfing family, more than 15 years ago after he realized that the activity was "transformative" for the kids and their family.
This year, Paskowitz is bringing a band of nearly 20 world-class surfers along with him to 16 camps on the East and West coasts, as well as Hawaii, to take the children out on longboards.
Last year, Surfers Healing took a total of 4,500 children out to ride the waves.
Wednesday's event, the only one in South Carolina and only one of two in the Carolinas, is 8 a.m.-4 p.m. on the beach in front of the Tides Folly Beach Hotel.
The event is free to the families. But in order to make that happen, the local surfing community commits much of its fundraising muscle to Surfers Healing all year. Hussey says the total budget for the event is $23,000.
In advance of the day camp, organizers are holding a second fundraiser at 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday at Loggerhead's Beach Grill, 123 W. Ashley Ave. on Folly Beach.
The event, which costs $15, includes a full barbecue lunch, local music, raffles and a silent auction. To participate, call Allison Burbage at 834-5898.
Keeping a Lowcountry tradition alive, the Isle of Palms will host its 16th annual Half Rubber Tournament starting at 8 a.m. Saturday at the fields adjacent to the recreation center on 28th Avenue.
Assistant Recreation Director Karrie Ferrell expects the tournament to be filled by Thursday, in part because some of the fields are being worked on. The tournament usually has 20 teams of three to four people each, but is limited to 12 teams this year.
Regardless, if you are a fan of baseball or any outdoor pastime, you should check out the game, which resembles baseball and stick ball. The rubber ball, however, is cut in half and seems to dance unpredictably through the air as a batter tries to hit it with a bat that resembles a large broom stick.
The origination of the game, which started in the early 20th century, is often the subject of debate, with Charleston and Savannah both claiming it.
The event is free to watch and participants are almost always willing to answer questions and give people a taste of what their game is all about.
Efforts to break yoga out of the indoors continues Saturday with the latest offering of Yoga Under the Oaks, held 5-6 p.m. Saturday at Charles Towne Landing's Legare Waring House.
The cost is $10, cash only. A "gathering" follows from 6-8 p.m. with food and drinks available for purchase. Money raised will benefit Camp Happy Days, a comprehensive, year-round support system for children diagnosed with cancer and their families in South Carolina.
If you missed the Montague Mile earlier this month, you have one more chance to find out how fast your can run a mile during a race also held in North Charleston.
The second annual Magnet Mile will be 8:30 a.m. Saturday at the Academic Magnet High School, 5109-A West Enterprise St.
Unlike the Montague Mile, which held seven different one-mile races, the Magnet Mile will just hold one.
"After thinking about running heats, or different races based on age and gender, I thought that having families and groups being able to run together is more appealing to the participants," says Brian Johnson, the running coach at Academic Magnet, who organized last year's race and also tweaked the course.
Johnson, who has been among the best Charleston area runners for more than a decade, sees a lot of value in racing a mile.
"The Mile is a great opportunity to check your fitness, get in some speed work, and get a rust buster in before the fall 5K season starts up a few weeks later," says Johnson. "Most people have run a mile at some point in their life. This gives them an opportunity to see how they compare to their high school PE class days.
"It also gives regular runners an answer to the age-old question they get from friends, family and coworkers when they find out you run which is, 'How fast can you run a mile?' As we continue this event in the future, it will also provide a yearly time trial to compare fitness from year to year."
The fee is $15. All proceeds benefit the Academic Magnet's cross country and track teams.
Reach David Quick at 937-5516.