As I set out to start this blog, I had a lot of ideas of what it could become with time and effort. Still, one thing has remained at the core of what I want to do, whether writing articles, forming a collective, or starting an associated business–to take part in the stories and lives of skateboarding’s most excellent human beings.
Over the past few months, I’ve been lucky enough to have caught the attention of one such skateboarder and reader (Hey R!) who has tipped me off to some very cool organizations within the skateboarder world.
One of them is the California organization called SkateMD. Immediately, I loved their mission: “to heal hearts by spreading kindness and skateboarding to children with physical and developmental disabilities.” Now that’s what I’m talking about.
I feel like so much of the outside world’s perspective on skateboarders is that they are gnarly, crude ruffians who don’t care about anyone or anything, but here is a shining example of skaters proving otherwise. It is inspiring that they have found a way to not only share in skateboarding with others but to do it for the benefit of young people. I mean, for f sake, look at those smiles!
As R would say: Keep on pushing!