Today is International Go Skateboarding Day, a chance for skate enthusiasts to share their love for the sport
Go Skateboarding Day is a chance for athletes and enthusiasts around the world to show their appreciation for the sport. Today is all about creativity, spirit, and appreciating the value of skating in each of our lives. So many opportunities and simple pleasures come from the love of the sport, and Go Skateboarding Day is about recognizing that.
Go Skateboarding Day was started back in 2004 in Southern California, as an excuse for skateboarders to do what they love most: blow off every other activity, and devote a whole day to skating. The international holiday for skating is held on June 21st every year. As the International Association of Skateboard Companies puts it, “Go Skateboarding Day is a cooperative of decentralized events that take place around the globe. Skateboard retailers, manufacturers, skateparks, distributors, organizations and individuals of all colors, creeds, and attitudes hold skateboarding events to celebrate the holiday. Skateboarders around the world create their own events and traditions to celebrate skateboarding.”
As part of their celebration for the holiday, etnies is putting the spotlight on Ryan Lay's "Skate After School" program. "Skate After School" is a non-profit after school program dedicated to providing skateboard instruction to the underprivileged youth of Phoenix, Arizona.
"Ryan's 'Skate After School' program embodies what Go Skateboarding Day is all about – promoting and raising awareness in skateboarding," said etnies VP, James Appleby. "Skateboarding not only brings people together from different cultures and socioeconomic backgrounds, but it also doesn't discriminate. He supports the skateboarding community by paying it forward to future generations and we back that."Last week, Woodward Scholarship Program partnered with “Skate After School” to send four underserved youth on a trip to Woodward West, in Tehachapi, California. You can check out their amazing adventure below:
Today is a day meant for having fun, doing what you love most, and uniting skateboarders all over the globe with a common mission: skate your heart out. With decentralized events taking place all over the planet today, including fundraisers, contests, protests, and demos, it sounds like Go Skateboarding Day is accomplishing its goal.