By Jessye Gentry |Staff Writer|
The Sheckler Foundation, founded in 2008 by Professional Skateboarder Ryan Sheckler, hosted their seventh annual fundraiser called Skate For A Cause (SFAC) on May 7.
According to www.shecklerfoundation.org, “It has been a way for Ryan, his family, friends and business associates to give back to the community and action sports industry they love.”
SFAC benefits a different cause every year for the “Be the Change” initiative.
The “Be the Change” initiative is a web-based program that allows supporters to nominate areas where they want to see change in the lives of children and injured action sport athletes, according to shecklerfoundation.org
It was a family-friendly event that combined a world class skate jam with a carnival.
There were so many vendors and sponsors there, such as Tilly’s, Oakley, Plan B, Etnies, Red Bull and so many more.
The event featured the top names in skateboarding as participants. You may recognize some, including Sheckler, Kane Sheckler, Chris Cole, and Rob Dyrdek.
This year the SFAC was to benefit Andrew Hale, an adaptive action sports athlete, coach and youth mentor.
In January, he was in a snowboarding accident and suffered spinal cord and traumatic brain injuries.
You can donate at shecklerfoundation.org to help out and “Be the Change”.
I will definitely be attending SFAC in the future.
You get to have fun and meet some of the professional skateboarders all while helping a good cause.
They had skateboarding contests throughout the day and the atmosphere was very friendly and energetic.
There were games, prizes and giveaways.
The games were modified for skate equipment and had themes like “bearing toss, Bull pong, dunk tank, ring toss onto Indy Trucks, Pin the tail on the donkey, etc.,” according to shecklerfoundation.org.
It was nice to see people come together to have fun, skateboard and make a change.
Sheckler also does other charity events in addition to Skate for a Cause.
The Celebrity Golf Tournament and Gala is another one of the charity events Sheckler puts on.
“Our goal is to have a fun filled day of golf while creating awareness of the vital role our supporters play in the overall success of the Sheckler Foundation mission to educate, equip and empower our community to ‘Be the Change,’” according to www.shecklerfoundation.org.
Sheckler has been honored with many awards for his skateboarding achievements. Since the creation of the Sheckler Foundation, he has also received awards for the philanthropic work he does.