VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (WVEC) -- On a hot day, where better to spend time than the beach?

Dozens of kids with special needs got their day started at the water. And they weren't just swimming, they caught a few waves.

It's not always easy for parents of children with disabilities to get them in the water without help.

"Just to see the smile on her face was amazing, she just lights up every time she gets in the water," said Eric Fiedorczyk, whose daughter, Tyme, has Cerebral Palsy.

"We're on the board together, I usually lay behind her," he said. "It's hard for us to go by ourselves, so organizations like this allow us that chance to have that father, daughter surfing time."

13News Now spoke with The Shine Project Foundation co-founder Cheryl Williams. She wants families to have quality time together and for kids to be exposed to multi-sensory activities.

"It's just always been a dream to be able to provide enrichment activities and events to children with special needs," she said.

For more information on Williams' non-profit, you can visit