Mission Statement

To inspire young athletes to identify their strengths & passions, and to develop the skills required for ongoing success and

well-being throughout the pursuit of excellence in sport and far beyond.


Inspired by the award winning documentary film Rise & Shine: The Jay DeMerit Story, the Rise & Shine Foundation promotes key messages such as hard work, perseverance, self-belief, and a DREAM BIG mentality – using sport as a medium.  Whether it is through mentoring young athletes to be better leaders as part of DeMerit's Captains Camps, or through workshops to inspire people to pursue their passions, the foundation makes an array of programs accessible to underserved youth and other deserving individuals.

Programming supported by the Rise & Shine Foundation includes a suite of all-encompassing life skills development, ensuring that no participants are left wondering who they are or what to fall back upon, should their sporting careers come to an end. (and they all do, at some point!) ;)


The foundation also provides complimentary soccer camps annually for our local youth and First Nations communities, promoting a healthy, active lifestyle and strengthening the sense of culture and community in the Sea to Sky region.  Contributions to other local charities are made annually, as decided upon by the Board of Directors.



The Rise & Shine Foundation



After a long and successful career as part of the US Men’s National Team and captain of Watford FC, followed by captaincy of the Vancouver Whitecaps, Jay married Canadian Olympic gold medallist Ashleigh McIvor.  The two have devoted attention to a variety of charities and philanthropic organizations and decided in 2016 to establish the Rise & Shine Foundation in order to channel their efforts to have a greater overall impact.




GREEN BAY!  Coming at you December 28th, 2018

Rock Garden

6pm - 10pm

Check the flyer out for more details! >>>

Rise & Shine Green Bay Fundraiser Flyer.

WHISTLER! We have a New Year's Eve party planned -- Whistler, BC -- December 31st, 2018.

If you plan to join us, please buy your tickets by Dec. 25th






Past Events:

If you joined us for last year's New Year's Eve Benefit in Whistler's Creekside Village -- THANK YOU!

Here are the auction items.

Here is the information that was printed-out on the tables, in case you missed it!

Here are the photos! 

Our 3rd annual FamJam Fundraiser will be held at the Rise & Shine Retreat in Pemberton, May 31st - June 2nd, 2018

Please visit the facebook page for information: https://www.facebook.com/riseandshinefamjamfundraiser/

We always welcome contributions here!

Thank you for your support!










© 2017 by the Rise & Shine Foundation, Pemberton, BC Canada

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