Tampa, FL–On Monday morning, Shriners International announced its intention to partner with Sea World to improve the quality of life of children undergoing treatment in Shriners Hospitals for Children in Florida, Texas, and California. Shriners International will initially partner with Sea World Orlando to provide low or no-cost chaperoned excursions to Sea World; however, the organization plans to expand partnerships to Sea World San Antonio and Sea World San Diego in the near future. Shriners International concurrently announced official plans to change the organization’s motto from “Fun with a Purpose” to “Fun with a Porpoise” to better reflect this endeavor going forward.
Noble Joe Snow, a Shriner in the Tampa area applauded this new venture: “When it comes to the Shrine, it’s all about the kids. Have you ever seen a kid who didn’t love dolphins? It’s a no-brainer!” Not everyone was amused, however. Johnathan Smith, head clown of Durka Durka Shrine Temple in Tucson, AZ fumed: “Way to take the easy route right there! The truth is, we’ve never met a kid who actually likes clowns; but everybody likes Flipper! Heck, they even go nuts for Shamu! I don’t want to see the clown unit die off out of internal competition. We’re the heart of the Shrine. If we die, the Shrine dies!”
Shriners Hospitals for Children is changing lives every day through innovative pediatric specialty care, world-class research and outstanding medical education. Twenty-two locations in the United States, Canada and Mexico, provide advanced care for children with orthopaedic conditions, burns, spinal cord injuries and cleft lip and palate.