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Myrtle Beach-Charlotte rotary clubs team up with Panthers for Beach Blast event

MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. (WMBF) - Research suggests one of the best ways to reward a child for good behavior is by giving your time and attention. That's exactly what happened over the weekend, when the south park rotary club, working in conjunction with the Myrtle Beach sunrise rotary club bused in more than 400 Charlotte area middle school students to Huntington Beach state park to celebrate their academic and behavioral accomplishments over the past year.

"The two rotary clubs talked about it and ours said: 'You know, we can put on a really good beach party, we've got a beautiful place.' The other club said 'hey, we've got the kids,' and so it just really came together,” reflected Diana Greene, Myrtle Beach Sunrise Rotary Club President, “and it has been working for 27 years."

For many of the children in attendance, the Beach Blast Event provided a first-time experience.

"What a neat thing to do for some kids to might never have gotten to see the beach," said Greene.

Phyllis Martin has worked with special needs children for more than 30 years, some of which made the trip, and she says many were drawn more to the sand than the surf.

"They really love the sand more than the water. They just like covering themselves in the sand. It's just fun for them to see all this water and all this sand," said Martin; a chaperone for the Metro School District.

While there was plenty of fun in the sun, the children also got to meet some of their favorite NFL players. Carolina Panthers defensive back Kurt Coleman hopes they take away more than just a few autographs and a little sand.

Kurt Coleman, Carolina Panthers: "Hopefully, these are lasting memories but more importantly understanding the value of an education and the reason why they got here was because they had good attendance, their grades were good, and there's something much more to life with an education and what it could lead to.”

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