It all started with Philippe Chagas
“We’ve awarded our first year of Dream to Philippe, who is dedicated to helping us improve the program,” says Rick Wright. “Philippe was my surf instructor, helping me improve my skills in pursuit of a personal dream. As I learned Philippe’s story, where he came from, the path that led to where he is and his mission to attain the highest levels of his sport, I was inspired to help him and others like him accomplish their dreams. Like so many others, Philippe works hard to realize his dream, and it’s often the seemingly small things that get in the way.”
Through Phillipe, Rick understands the hurdles that often get in the way of attaining one’s personal goals. Rick wanted to create a way to remove some of the barriers to help free up time to focus on training and competing, so Philippe could also spend quality time with his family.
A Dream year is a start for potential recipients. A committed work ethic, clear goals and a plan to achieve them are critical to staying on their path. A strong foundation in the recipient’s pursuit, such as prior competition, study and achievements, are all necessary factors in defining future Market of Choice Dream recipients. Market of Choice will choose one new person to participate in Dream each year, with the search focused on Oregon recipients beginning in 2023, starting with local community members and Market of Choice teammates.