We rolled to the Ryan Sheckler FoundationSkate For A Cause event at the etnies Skatepark in Lake Forest, Califronia on Saturday May, 5, 2012 and it reminded us what skateboarders and skateboarding can do when pointed in the right direction.
On Saturday, May 5, 2012 skateboarders, sponsors, and hundreds of fans joined Ryan Sheckler and the Sheckler Foundation at the etnies Skatepark for Skate For A Cause. The event, held to help raise money for A.skate, collected $86,000 in total, $57,000 of which will fund A.skate’s 10-stop Be the Change tour this summer. It was a great day of skateboarding, friends, and doing something good for kids on the Autism spectrum.
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The Fred Water Legends Bowl Contest will have an ordered jam session format in the Shark Bowl. It is a black backyard style amoeba pool with a four-and-a-half foot deep shallow end, six foot deep pockets and a nine-and-a-half foot deep end. It’ll be amazing to see the legends dominate the bowl’s death boxes, shallow-end stairs and Tedderstone pool coping. . . All of the day’s events give skateboarders, sponsors and the community a chance to have fun while giving back to raise funds for A.skate. The A.skate Foundation is a non-profit that allows kids with autism to be a part of the social world through skateboarding. They hold clinics for kids with autism at no cost to the families, give grants to kids with autism for skateboard gear, as well as promote awareness and education.
For all the details and a full list of all the bowl skaters who will be ripping the coping out of Shark Bowl click the link. [click to continue…]
The line-up for Ryan Sheckler’s Skate For A Cause presented by etnies and benefitting Autism Speaks on Saturday May 14, 2011 at the etnies Skatepark in Lake Forest, California looks pretty heavy. In fact it’s running 30 deep and includes pretty much everyone. Many of the skaters will be competing for $15,000 in prizes.
The Ball Park SkaterCross will start at noon with a $3,000 purse. The best trick contests will begin at 2 p.m. with $4,000 for the CCS best trick on tranny, $4,000 on the Red Bull tech center and $4,000 on the Power Balance stairs, rails and hubba section. . . Fans can experience the live skate action with VIP seating inside the etnies skatepark available for only $50.00 per ticket. Preferred seating in the bleachers outside the skatepark is also available for only $20.00 per ticket. Tickets can be purchased by visiting shecklerfoundation.org.
Now we know where the skate world will be on Saturday. Follow the jump for all the details. [click to continue…]
etnies has teamed up with autism groups Autism Speaks and A.Skate Foundation to present for a skateboarding clinic on April 2, 2011 at the etnies Skatepark in Lake Forest, California. Four one-hour clinics will be offered at 10 a.m., 11 a.m., 1 p.m. and 2 p.m. Kids of all ages are welcome to attend!
“By providing a day of skate clinics, kids on the autism spectrum will be given the opportunity to learn how to skateboard, an activity that requires no team or competitive coaching,” said Don Brown, senior vice president of marketing for etnies. “Skateboarding is an individual activity and ideal for kids on the spectrum because they often struggle with social interaction. As a brand started and still run by a world-championship skateboarder Pierre-André Senizergues, etnies is so happy to be teaching what we know to kids that deserve a window into the world of skateboarding where we are all the same, whether you are on the spectrum or not.”
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Miami skate shop owner Rene Lecour wanted to take his son to a cool destination and they began researching Cuba. After seeing footage of some of the skateboards the Cuban’s were riding Lecour realized they could seriously help the skate scene there by taking some skateboards with them when they went to visit, according to a story on CNN.com.
Lecour . . . thought his contacts in the skating community would make it easy for him to bring boards to Cuba. He was wrong. . . “I e-mailed every single skateboard company I know,” Lecour said. “The only two responses I got were unfortunately one person who said we shouldn’t be allowed to go because of the embargo. Another ‘genius’ said we shouldn’t come because all the skaters are all communist.”
Thankfully, the Miami skateboard community came through where the industry had failed and Lecour was able to hand deliver skateboards to the kids of Cuba.
Crys Worley, a 28-year-old mother of two, founded nonprofit A.skate a few years ago after getting her 7-year-old to try skateboarding. Her fiancé owns a skateboard shop, and the first time they took her son Sasha to a skate park, they noticed he seemed more relaxed. . . A.skate operates on the idea that the repetitive motions of skateboarding help calm symptoms of autism. The organization’s events are free for the participants and their families and are supported by fundraisers.
Ryan was joined by members of the skate community including Skaterboarder Magazine editor Jaime Owens (pictured right helping Sam Tobin, 8, of San Diego get rolling). Sounds like a great way to spend a saturday helping the kids.
When Chrys Worley saw how much her autistic 7-year-old son Sasha loved skateboarding she realized that it might be good for other kids who suffer from the disability. So she started the A.Skate Foundation, according to a story in the Tuscaloosa News.
“It’s often really difficult for kids with autism to be part of organized sports,” said Chrys Worley, a West Blocton mom whose 7-year-old son has autism. . . “Skateboarding is something they can do as a group but also individually,” she said. “They don’t have to be overwhelmed, and it’s constant motion.”
We’ve always used skateboarding as therapy, but it’s nice to know someone is using it to help the kids who need it the most.