A Talk with Kevin Sorbo
Soul Surfer Co-star Talks About Kids
While in New York City for the premiere of Soul Surfer, I had the privilege of talking at length with Kevin Sorbo during a reception the night before the screening. Though I missed his long-running TV appearance as Hercules—as I miss just about everything that runs on TV—I let him know that I had recently enjoyed his performance in the Capra-esque What If…, and found Sorbo to be very gracious and humble in person. He’s also a great father, and brought his young son Shane along to the reception and premiere as well!
He’s passionate about education as well. During dinner at the reception, I learned a little bit from him about his charity, A World Fit For Kids. Following the premiere of Soul Surfer, in which he plays the father of Bethany Hamilton’s best friend Alana Blanchard, I made a special request to speak very briefly with Sorbo about his charity.
GW: Tell me three things we should all know about A World Fit For Kids.
Kevin Sorbo: You want to know three things about my charity, my foundation? I have a foundation called A World Fit for Kids. And it does more than three things. But since I’m only getting three things… Number One: It teaches and trains kids to become mentors to younger children in their own community. It also works with them on physical aspects, fighting childhood obesity to become more healthy. And the major component for me is that it gives them a better education, prepares them for the real world when they get out of school, and hopefully makes them better, more productive citizens in our society.
GW: How do you finance your operation?
KS: We get some through Federal grants and some through state grants, but I also have a celebrity golf event that I do every year in Las Vegas. You can go online to find out more about it at worldfitforkids.org. But support also comes in from private donations and things like that. When I first got involved in 1997, they had one school and $75,000. We now have over 12,000 kids at over 12 different schools, from first grade through twelfth grade, and we pull in around $3.5 million per year. And we need more, because we want to take in all the kids! But they keep cutting programs—they keep cutting everything. They keep cutting the arts, they keep cutting physical education from grade school on up. I know kids need to run around an hour a day; it’s insane. So I just keep fighting the good fight because I want to give back to this world. I was very lucky the way I grew up.