On Go Skateboarding Day, June 21st, the Go Skateboarding Foundation launched our new initiative Just One Board in New Orleans' Lower 9th Ward by distributing over 700 complete skateboards to underprivileged kids at All Souls Church, The Village Community Center and MLK Charter School. Just One Board is a skateboard-recycling program created to benefit underprivileged youth, engage skateboarders with their local community, support skateboard retailers and serve as the base of a campaign promoting the positive power of skateboarding.
We're headed back to New Orleans to celebrate the grand opening of the DEWeezy skatepark at the Village on August 29th and distribute 300 more skateboards to kids in the Lower 9th - bringing the total to 1000 completes distributed to new skateboarders in New Orleans!
IASC and Just One Board did it all with the help of Tim Duggan of Make it Right, Mack McLendon from the Village, James Lapuyade of Preservation Skateboards, Peter Whitley from the Tony Hawk Foundation and the GLU Agency who all helped pull together the multitude of moving pieces in New Orleans.
A huge debt of gratitude goes out to everyone that made the Just One Board Launch possible - especially NHS, Creature, OJ Wheels, Flip, Bullet, Mob Grip, Sector 9, Destructo, Ruckus Trucks, Loaded Boards, Alien Workshop, Habitat, Almost, Cliché, Darkstar, Enjoi and AdamsMorioka for their donations to the program and a very special thanks to Dwindle Distribution for assembling the bulk of the skateboards for the New Orleans event.
Special thanks also to Charles and Slick from the Village, Tyler Culberston, Dickie Munczenski, Mike Shannon, all the volunteers from the Valley Ranch Baptist Church in Dallas, Mountain Dew, Philly and Humidity Skateshop, Reno, Jeff and Urban Nine and the World Industries team for making this a super fun, successful event for the kids.