Woman paddle boarding at sunset

Get Out Girl

Unique community partner event raises more than $25,000 to benefit the Baylor Scott & White Warriors Research Institute (WRI).

More than 200 women spent a September weekend at Lake Austin wake surfing, paddle boarding, and experiencing the healing power of water at the sixth annual Get Out Girl Paddle & Surf Jam.

A celebration on dry land with live music, catered lunch, and acupuncture and massage for participants followed two days of water activities—all to raise awareness and funds in support of mental health services for veterans and first responders in Central Texas.

Get Out Girl was founded by health and wellness coach and Austin native, Cindy Present, as a tribute to two fallen female first responders who were both passionate about spending time on the water.

The Warriors Research Institute

For more than a decade, the WRI has participated in studies aimed at improving the quality of care available to military veterans and emergency responders. As part of these studies, the team delivers online mental health services free of charge to veterans, firefighters, paramedics, and their families who are dealing with depression, anger, substance abuse, or post-traumatic stress. In addition, the WRI trains the next generation of care providers, works to eliminate the stigma of mental healthcare, and builds groups of Peer Support Specialists who can serve as bridges to professional care.

To learn more about how you can help, please contact Mike Thompson, Senior Foundation Officer, at 512-803-3848.

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