An idea became a vision; a vision became a mission; and a mission brought Operation Beachhead to life.
This life continues to grow through the support of people who wish to show their appreciation and thanks to our veterans.

Operation Beachhead

An idea became a vision; a vision became a mission;
and a mission brought Operation Beachhead to life.

Summer 2016

Thank You


Operation Beachhead ended the summer 2016 season on August 27. It is time to thank the many volunteers and supporters for joining us during the 2016 Beachhead season.


Our summer season began as Operation Beachhead was chosen as an Honorary Charity for the Spring Lake 5. The race was held on Saturday, May 28th. What an honor to be chosen as the Spring Lake 5 celebrated 40 years of running.


During each summer season, we witness the large group of local volunteers who come out for each event in support the program. It is encouraging to see the young volunteers from the local high schools of St Rose in Belmar, Christian Brothers Academy in Lincroft, and Manasquan High School willing to give of their summer time to help and provide their surfing expertise.


This year we also welcomed some high school students who were vacationing at the Jersey Shore, who gave of their vacation time each session. As our program expands, younger students are coming to help, even some middle school volunteers. We also welcomed a new group of volunteers from Team Red White and Blue.


While some veterans also serve as volunteers many also come as participants, however Operation Beachhead welcomes active duty troops, as well. The active duty members of the Medical Command National Guard, serving in Sea Girt visited and participated in the program.


We enjoyed the support of Congressman Chris Smith, who joined in a beach day and endorsed our program. His active support for the veterans is important to us and to all those defending our country.


Operations Beachhead  continued  association with the Veterans from the Lyons facility in New Jersey, the Bronx  facility in New York, the East Orange, NJ facility, and Team Oscar Mike is something we all look forward to. These veterans come to visit and participate in adaptive summer beach activities along with our regular team.


On August 13, Operation Beachhead experienced another first this year. The organization held two events with approximately one hundred miles seperating them. One event was held in Sea Girt and the other was the second “Annual Storming the Wildwood Surf ~ Charlie Butler Memorial. The Charlie Butler event is co-sponsored by the Wildwood American Legion Post 184.  Charlie Butler was a member of the same battalion as Operation Beachhead’s founder,  Michael Ricci.


It was during this event that we became acquainted with some new participants from Heart to Heart. These new participants enjoyed their first outing in Wildwood and joined Operation Beachhead in Sea Girt for the last event of the summer season.


This summer also witnessed the beginning of summer ice-hockey. Operation Beachhead was welcomed at the Jersey Shore Arena in Wall Township for two events.


The growth in attendance of all volunteers shows the American Spirit of supporting those who have given much in support our country and to those who have found the love of adaptive sport. 

Thank you to all and we look forward to the winter program.