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Big Waves Inc

Create a ripple of positivity! #lockyourgun

Broomfield, CO   |  http://www.bigwavesinc.org

Mission

Our mission is to encourage positive mind and body health by providing an opportunity and outlet for young athletes to participate in water polo with the intention that this space creates a healthy environment for young athletes to feel and process different emotions. In doing this, Big Waves intends on further impacting legislation around mental health and gun violence.

Ruling year info

2019

President

Vaughn Bigelow

Main address

14622 Stella's Meadow Drive

Broomfield, CO 80023 USA

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EIN

61-1913895

NTEE code info

Swimming, Water Recreation (N67)

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Vaughn Bigelow Jr Memorial Scholarship

Big Waves established this scholarship in Vaughn Jr.’s memory in 2019. Vaughn Jr. tragically lost his life due to gun violence in 2018 just shy of his 14th birthday.

Vaughn was a competitive swimmer and loved playing water polo . He was part of the U.S. Water Polo Olympic Development Program representing the mountain zone team at Nationals. In addition to Vaughn’s many accomplishments in and out of the pool, he had the desire to give back to others. This scholarship helps realize that desire.

The Vaughn Bigelow Jr Memorial Scholarship is awarded to a graduating high school senior who contributing member of a water polo club or a Colorado high school water polo club team. The recipients are given $20,000 over four years.

Population(s) Served
Students
Adolescents

Big Waves ships free gun locks throughout the US. One free gun lock can be shipped per household at no cost to the requestee.

Population(s) Served
Adults

Big Waves partners with two gun ranges to sponsor youth gun safety education classes. Children from 5-17 years of age can sign up to attend the 2 hour class. Students receive classroom education and then practice in the gun range to understand the power of a firearm and how easy it is to take a life. The goal is to expand the program to include more gun ranges.

Population(s) Served
Adolescents
Children

The goal of the program is to bring mental health awareness to high school student athletes. 38% of women high school athletes and 22% of men high school athletes struggle with anxiety or depression that commonly stems from cognitive distortions. A cognitive distortion is an exaggerated or irrational thought pattern involved in the onset or perpetuation of psychopathological states, such as depression and anxiety. Cognitive distortions are thoughts that cause individuals to perceive reality inaccurately. In a seminar setting, a mental health professional will guide the students through a series of exercises, small group work, and games to bring awareness to cognitive distortions and how to recognize and manage them.

Population(s) Served
Adolescents
Students

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Big Waves Inc

Board of directors
as of 07/28/2023
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Board chair

Vaughn Bigelow

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Organizational demographics

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White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Male, Not transgender (cisgender)
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Person without a disability

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