Performance, Passion and Purpose - this is what drives us!
One of the core values of the New York Breakers is our belief that we function optimally when we are generous and when we are working towards a higher purpose. We have partnered with the PAMS Foundation to raise awareness and funds for wildlife conservation in Tanzania.
The great rhinoceros has given to our team both its likeness and its guiding spirit of wisdom, gratitude, grounding, and unconventionality. At our core is a wish to support PAMS' efforts to protect critically endangered wildlife like the rhino in Africa.
This partnership allows us to extend the legacy of Wayne Lotter - who in life was a personal friend of African natives and New York Breakers co-founders Peter and Tina Andrew. Wayne Lotter was a co-founder of the PAMS foundation, and in life had a passion for wildlife and wild places. He was a conservation warrior, a strategist, a trailblazer with resolute determination and courage. Lotter’s approach to life, work, and the things he cared about so deeply was much like the tactics one needs when exploring the deep African wilderness.
In 2017, Wayne was shot and killed in a taxi in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, following a number of death threats. The PAMS foundation funded Tanzania's elite national anti-poaching task force that has been for arrests of major ivory traffickers including Yang Feng Glan, the so-called “Queen of Ivory." The task force has arrested and convicted thousands of traffickers and was featured in the Netflix documentary, The Ivory Wars.
Wayne was a trailblazer, and in that way he embodies the spirit of the Breakers. He found paths through what was before only dense impenetrable bush. He pushed aside fallen branches, endured the searing heat of the sun as it baked down on Africa, and forded many raging rivers. When we carry our rhino symbol into competition, we know we carry with us the spirit of Wayne, and we wish to do homage to his legacy with the PAMS Foundation.
To learn more about the PAMS Foundation and to make a donation to help preserve the natural wonders of our planet, click here.