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Wake the World (WTW) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that began in 2008, with 8 families providing a day on the lake for residents of a local children's home. Now, WTW is a group of boat owners providing water sports opportunities all over the world to abandoned, abused and neglected children, as well as for the handicapped and our Wounded Warriors. This organization has grown to become the largest all volunteer organization of its kind, with over 500 volunteered boats worldwide!

Together, the Wright and Hoefling families joined forces with Wake the World and formed Wake the World Norris Lake. The focus is to bring kids from local children’s homes to Norris Lake and provide an incredible “day on the lake” experience and just have fun. 

Every dollar raised is spent on covering expenses for the events. Please join us and help create lasting memories for these incredible kids.


get involved!

There are four ways to get involved to help create life long memories…

1) Volunteer your boat and your time. To be able to participate in the event and to be covered under the event’s insurance, your boat must be an INBOARD SKI / WAKE BOAT. Also, every boat driver must provide a NASBLA approved boater’s certificate. This is a free online course from BoatUS. Your certificate must be turned in 30 DAYS prior to the event. (This is very important!) 


To volunteer, you must register first.


Please click here to register: Boat Volunteer Registration Form


Then, become NASBLA approved. Please click here to get your Tennessee NASBLA approved boater’s certificate:

2)  Just volunteer. If you would like to just volunteer without a boat, we would love to have you! However, due to the nature of the event and the amount of time spent on the water, these spots are sometimes limited. Please let us know if there is anything special that you are able to help with. For example: videography, photography, etc.


To volunteer, you must register first.


Please click here to register: Volunteer Registration Form


3) Partner with us. Donate money and/or product. Every dollar donated is used for event expenses and goodie bags for the children. Without the support of our partners, this event would not be possible.


To partner with us, you must register first.


Please click here to register: Partnership Registration Form


**After you register, simply click on this link to donate:

4) Just donate! Every single dollar helps. There is no donation too small or too large!

Please click here to donate: Donate!

There is no wrong or right way to get involved, it’s just important that you are involved. This experience will be one that the children remember forever and it will give them the reassurance that there are people that truly care. Thank you for your interest and please SPREAD THE WORD!


thank you partners!

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