Welcome to The Chase Huechtker Foundation

Chasing the Wake

The Chase Huechtker Foundation, Chasing the Wake, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, was created to honor the life of our beautiful son, Chase Edward Huechtker, who passed away at the age of 22 on December 7, 2020 from Fentanyl intoxication after a three year battle with an opioid addiction. Chase was an extreme sports enthusiast which started at the age of three when he begged for his first dirt bike for Christmas. He later found wakeboarding at the age of nine and that is when he found his true passion. Chase loved to share his passion of wakeboarding with others and made it his mission to introduce others to the sport. Through his foundation we want to continue his legacy and introduce others to the sport he loved the most.



We are dedicated to raising awareness surrounding the epidemic of opioid overdose and reducing the stigma associated with mental health and substance use disorders. We are committed to working with communities and programs to educate parents and children about the dangers of opioids including Fentanyl. We promote prevention through education, offer care and compassion for individuals and families struggling with active addiction and support those in recovery by promoting wakeboarding as a healthy outlet. The foundation will never discriminate based on race, age, gender, or identity.

The opposite of addiction is connection


Join us on June 23, 2024 for our 3rd annual Chasing the Wake Memorial Event at SouthTown Wake Park from 4-8. The event will be a family friendly afternoon with:
• discounted cable and aqua park passes
• 20ft water slide for the kids
• wake board and wake skate competitions
• King of Fire and Maui Açai food trucks
• local vendors
• silent auction and raffles
• music by Mixology DJ Entertainment
• and more!
Silent auction and raffle sneak peek:
Kendra Scott jewelry
Scavenger Hunts by Let’s Roam
Bark Box
Flying Monkey Art and Design
Adventures from Scratch

the greatest good is what we do for one another. ~Mother Teresa

How to help

Your donations and purchases allow us to offer scholarships for kids to participate in week long camps where they will learn how to wake board while making new friends and connections. We will also use funds to support programs and charities with the same vision of ending overdose and reducing stigma.

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getting help

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Chase Edward Huechtker

Meet Chase

Chase was born and raised in Rock Hill, South Carolina. He was born on March 5, 1998. Chase has two younger siblings, Schuyler and Ridge.

Thank you for your support!

Community sponsors and donors

Together we are stronger

Get involved

Please join us as we work together to end overdose and keep another family from enduring the pain of losing someone to this horrible epidemic.

Thank You

With Love, Trent, Angie, Schuyler, and Ridge Huechtker