Reasons Why We Fall In Love With You.

Thank you for the unbelievably wild year we have had! It has been filled with a multitude of challenges and victories and we bear witness to the most incredible courage and sheer strength of the extraordinary skateboarding community. Every year is different but this one has been filled with more change than normal.

To our ambassadors across the world; thank you for your continued support and for spreading our message of hope. Thank you to all our volunteers and those who collected and donated skateboards yearlong. We celebrate those who were able to organize fundraising events throughout the year, in Canada and as far away as the United Kingdom.

To our partners, who supported us so we could concentrate on doing the good work, thank you wholeheartedly! To Vans Canada Landyachtz Boutique Rollin Skateshop DimeMTL Supreme and Empire. We cherish the relationship we have and are grateful for your continued contributions in helping us tackle the cycle of poverty.

We also recognized the contributions that Air Canada Air Transat & StorageMart have had on our operations and helping us in reaching out to youth across the globe. No matter what the climate has been, we have persevered together as a team and came out stronger.

As the end of the year approaches, we are optimistic that with patience and perseverance we will look forward to better days. We are so excited for all that 2021 has in store for us – enthusiasm and anticipation are building around new opportunities and we will never give up!

Stay tuned for more positive vibes and more hope to you and your loved ones!

Godmother Betty Esperanza and her sk8elves!

Don’t forget to have fun, you filthy animals!

Follow us often on social media, we like that! @skateboardsforhope

GET ON BOARD FOR COMMUNITY SERVICE

One of the most satisfying, fun, and productive ways to unite is volunteering for community service projects whether they be online or in person with COVID-19 rules. Volunteerism also sets a good example for your kids and helps the community.

Tell Us How You Help Your Family, Friends or Community

Skateboards for Hope™ wants to feature youth who are giving back to their community. Submit your story and you might be chosen to earn a gift from Landyachtz longboards. Your story will inspire and motivate other kids too. Monthly draw. Open to ages 10-17. Show us your good deed. (Videos and photos are welcome. Runner up prizes will be sent to all those who apply.)

What Kids Can Learn From Volunteering

If volunteering begins at an early age, it can become part of kids’ lives — something they might just expect and want to do. It can teach them:

  • A sense of responsibility. Kids and teens learn what it means to make and keep a commitment. They learn how to be on time for a job, do their best, and be proud of the results. But they also learn that, ultimately, we’re all responsible for the well-being of our communities.

  • That one person can make a difference. A wonderful, empowering message for kids is that they’re important enough to have an impact on someone or something else.

  • The benefit of sacrifice. By giving up a skateboard or a toy to a less fortunate child, a child learns that sometimes it’s good to sacrifice and that there are important things besides ourselves and our immediate needs.

  • Tolerance. Working in community service can bring kids and teens in touch with people of different backgrounds, abilities, ethnicities, ages, and education and income levels. They’ll learn that even the most diverse individuals can be united by common values.

  • Job skills. Community service can help young people decide on their future careers. Are they interested in the non-profit field? Charities and Non-Profit organizations often have teenage volunteer programs. Do they love the environment and being outdoors? Kids can work to help clean up their local skateparks, community initiatives or at their SPCA. Learning to work as a team member, taking on leadership roles, setting project goals — these are all skills that can be gained by volunteering and will serve kids well in any future career.

  • How to fill idle time wisely. If kids aren’t involved in traditional after-school activities, community service can be a wonderful alternative. (https://kidshealth.org/en/parents/volunteer.html)

COVID-19 Social distancing rules apply. Wear a mask and wash your hands frequently. Respect yourself and others. Skate safe. Stay safe!

Visit us often. We like that. We are everywhere.

#GivingTuesdayNOW

Tuesday, May 5, 2020 is #GivingTuesdayNow and the Skateboards For Hope community needs you more than ever to support our most disenfranchised children living in poverty. We are in need of funds to purchase food, water, soap and bare necessities for our kids.

#GivingTuesdayNow is an opportunity for people, in Canada, and around the world to stand together in unity–to use their individual power of generosity to remain connected and heal.

#GivingTuesdayNow emphasizes opportunities to give back to communities and causes in safe ways that allow for social connection and kindness even while practicing physical distancing.

GivingTuesdayNow encourages global unity.

Together we give.

Together we stand.

Together we thank.

Together we help.

Together we heal.

On this global day of giving, join Skateboards For Hope’s fight against COVID-19. Please make your gift today.

https://www.skateboardsforhope.com/donate

Keeping Score

The Boardr offers the Boardr Live Score app. It’s pretty popular and the events below use it. So can you… It’s used not just in the skateboarding industry, but also snowboarding, bmx, wakeboarding, and more.

 

Are you on it yet? Create an account and give it a try for yourself. https://www.skatescores.com/signup

 

🇪🇸 Spain for the Spanish Series Junior Open

🇫🇷 France for the French Skateboarding Championships

🇨🇱 Chile for the Skateboarding Chilean Nationals in Park and Street

🇺🇸 United States for USA Skateboarding Park several other organizers including us at The Boardr

🇦🇺 Australia for the Australia Skateboard League Park and Street Series

🇳🇴 Norway for the Trondheim Skate Association Street Contest and Norwegian Snowboard Association Contests

🇦🇹 Austria for the Skateboard Club Innsbruck Street Contest

🇲🇽 Mexico for the Nacional D.I.Y. Puerto Vallarta and ReSkate Contests

🇷🇺 Russia for the Russian Skateboarding Federation Street and Park Series

🇹🇹 Trinidad and Tobago for the Trinidad and Tobago Skate Development Series

🇧🇧 Barbados for the Skateboard Association of Barbados Street Contest

🇧🇪 Belgium for the Belgian Skateboard Association Park and Street Contests

🇮🇱 Israel for the WeSkate Jerusalem Championship

🇿🇦 South Africa for the Ultimate X Street Series

🇵🇭 Philippines for the Philippine Skate Association Street Contests

🇨🇦 Canada for the Canada Skateboard Street and Park Series

 

It always seems impossible until it’s done. Nelson Mandela.

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TEDx Talk What if Skateboards Could Break The Cycle of Poverty? Speaker: Betty Esperanza

https://youtu.be/ia39GHeszkk

L’Esperanza de Cuba – Documentaire de Radio Canada – Podium

https://ici.radio-canada.ca/sports/podium/176/betty-esperanza-cuba-skateboard-planche-roulettes-havane

VICE DU JOUR: BETTY ESPERANZA/SKATEBOARDS FOR HOPE/ FRESH HOPE

https://video.vice.com/en_ca/topic/skateboards-for-hope

ENTREPRENEURS IN CANADA:

SkateboardsForHope is featured

https://eic.today/finding-hope-in-old-skateboards/

Angola Skateboarding Union: The Concrete Dream

The first skatepark built in Angola was in July 2019 in a city called Luanda. Since then, it has attracted over 200 new skateboarders who are quickly learning tricks and will hold their 1st official African Skateboarding Competition taking place February 14-16, 2020.

Skateboards For Hope’s Founder, Betty Esperanza played an important part by donating recycled skateboards and provided support to Angola Skateboarding Union’s President, Jesse Mendes.

For this year’s International Development Week theme (February 2-8) is “Go for the Goals”; referring to the United Nations’ 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, this theme illustrates the idea of moving forward in a collaborative and positive way toward a better world. More info: canada.ca/idw

We are happy to feature the interview about how Luanda Skatepark was born and what impact it has on its community. No doubt that it will peak your interest on how to build a skatepark and discover the impact on how children thrive skateboarding. #goforthegoals

Betty: Tell us a bit about ANGOLA SKATEBOARDING UNION and what you do.

Jesse: Angola Skateboarding Union (ASU) started in late December 2015 after I came back to stay in Angola full-time. I noticed that Angola already had skaters although the scene was scarce. Skaters in the country needed support and a platform to provide recognition in the country so that the sport could grow. This would then improve skateboarding in Angola and that was how ASU was born.

My job is and will always be to help promote and support skateboarding in Angola so that the sport can grow throughout the whole country and even reach global status. Skaters needed a voice and nobody was speaking for them so I made sure ASU speak on the skater’s behalf. It started off as a one-man show but now its the Official Skateboarding Association of Angola.

Betty: Where are you located? Where do you do work? How big is your team?

Jesse: Currently Angola Skateboarding Union (ASU) is located at the Luanda Skatepark we are building an office there were we do all our work and the ASU team consists of 5 members.

Betty: Are you the primary organizer of ASU campaign?

Jesse: Yes, I am the Founder and creator of the Association Angola Skateboarding Union and also the Developer of the Luanda Skatepark. It was my idea and dream to build a skatepark in Angola. After lots of promises from local governmental officials and also a couple of people who tried to make it happen, it all fell short. I made it my mission to make it happen for skateboarding in Angola. It was my long term goal.

Betty: What inspired your team at ANGOLA SKATEBOARDING UNION to get involved with CONCRETE JUNGLE FOUNDATION ? How did you get involved with Skateboards For Hope?

Jesse: For starters, I personally didn’t know of Concrete Jungle Foundation or Skateboards for Hope™ when I started with Luanda Skatepark project. Only after I reached out to Newlines Skateparks , was it designed. I was then introduced to CJF who then was going to help with construction and fundraising of the Luanda Skatepark project. As for Skateboards For Hope I only knew about the organization after we received the donated skateboards. We got inspired when we saw their previous project in Peru and really got excited to work with them.

Betty: Please explain to us what ANGOLA SKATEBOARDING UNION did to get the international skateboarding community involved. Would you have done anything differently?

Jesse: What ASU did was first start off with promoting local skateboarding. We did this by hosting mini skateboarding events to give the local scene a boost. You need to know people were skateboarding in Angola before ASU was created. There was no skatepark or infrastructure to give it the push it needed to grow.

Secondly, we created a Facebook page where we would show the world what we were doing In Angola. This helped us reach out to a lot of people including Tony Hawk Foundation and other International skateboarding communities.

Another factor that help me out was the fact that I grew up in South Africa. It’s one of Africa’s skateboarding success stories. It is considered an influencer and gets the most support by international skate brands operating in South Africa. So, it was easy for me to reach out to skate organizations like Skateistan for support or to share what ASU was doing in Angola because they already have a solid skate platform.

Jesse: *If I had to do anything differently it would be reach out to other skateboarding organizations and people *

Betty: Have you had any challenges when launching your campaign to get it off the ground, or scaling it?

Jesse: Yes! This was a big challenge. Firstly, trying to keep myself motivated despite the negativity because you’re trying to do something that has never been done before. I had to find ways to stay motived by skateboarding and hosting small competitions.

Secondly, I had to persuade locals and government officials that a sport like skateboarding was beneficial and could actually help local youth stay away from criminal activities. Skateboarding has always been seen as CHILD’S PLAY or an activity and nothing else. It was a challenge to convince authorities and the community leaders that there’s more to this then just riding a skateboard. The important thing was to give them the formula to develop education for the children and this helped us get a skatepark. The skatepark has become a safe space for all using the facility to stay productive either learning a new trick or just hanging out with friends.

Betty: What’s the potential impact of your skateboarding campaign (i.e. how much money was raised, how many lives were impacted, etc.)?
Jesse: Honestly speaking what I know is that our goal of $35,000 was reached by our online fundraiser to build a skatepark.

However a huge number of local children’s lives have changed for the better ever since they put their foot on a skateboard at the Luanda Skatepark. There are about 25 children using the facility daily and it’s growing.

Betty: Do you have plans to get involved with Skateboards For Hope, Concrete Jungle or another charity again this year?

Jesse: At this moment I have nothing planned with CJF this year. I wouldn’t mind developing a skateboarding project with Skateboards for Hope. Besides that, ASU does have a pending skateboard project with a skate company in the U.S.A.

Betty: Will you be running the same campaign, or will you be doing something different?

Jesse: At the moment I’m not developing any skatepark project just yet. I do have several goals for 2020.

Betty: Do you have any 2020 goals you could share?

Jesse: Goal 1 Hosting an African Skateboarding event which I developed called Skateboarding Across Developing African Countries Championship (SADAC) SADAC CHAMPIONSHIP is an African multinational skate event that brings skaters of different African countries to share their experiences and challenge each other through skateboarding while building youth unity within African nations.

SADAC CHAMPIONSHIP is a weekend event that offers African skaters the opportunity to explore Africa while doing what they love; skateboarding. The event will take place on February 14 , 15 and 16 of 2020 at the Luanda Skatepark.

– Goal 2 I am currently building the ASU Head Quarters at the Luanda Skatepark. It will serve as a meeting place for all ASU members and we are building a mini skate shop. We are also developing an after school program with English literacy lessons in the ASU programs.

– Goal 3 Provide easy access to ASU skateboards to be sold at local retail stores.

-Goal 4 Travel to the USA or Canada to attend important skateboarding events like Tampa Pro or Vans Park Series or World Cup Skateboarding. I would like the opportunity to share my stories on how skateboarding in Africa changed my life. Or even attend your upcoming event Saint Patrick Parade X Skateboards For Hope in March. I would love to take part. I heard you snowskate during the winter too.

Betty: Tell us a little bit about yourself and where you come from.

Jesse: Wow! This is a very good question. Okay who is Jesse Mendes? I’m a 23 years old Angolan man who was born in Luanda in 1996 then moved to South Africa because of the war. I lived in Johannesburg for about 20 years. South Africa is the country that made me who I am today and it’s also the same place I started skateboarding.

Betty: What do you do? How did you get started doing what you do? Was there a specific event that awoke your desire to help others?

Jesse: Currently, I’m the president of Angola Skateboarding Union and my job is to improve skateboarding in my country as much I can. I feel that throughout my life I’ve always been a fun helpful person and enjoy seeing people happy. This mentality fuelled with hard work, dedication and sticking to the plan resulted in the success of building the first skatepark in Angola.

Betty: What does this job mean to you?

Jesse: It means the world to me. After Angola’s economic crash in 2012, my schooling stopped due to lack of finances. I had to leave school at that point in my life I really had nothing but skateboarding to inspire me. My family decided I should move back to Angola because the expenses were becoming too high for me to stay in South Africa. So after 20 years in South Africa, I returned to Angola with my skateboard. During that time I became depressed and felt worthless because I had no qualifications that would even enable me to get employed. That was when I decided to take a stand for myself either feel depressed about my life or actually do something that would make me a better person. So, I felt I needed to do what I could to help those who might benefit with what I set out to do because it’s something that would not only help me but also those who would take part in it. What I have proven is that you can actually have a dream regardless where you come from and achieve your goals if you put your mind to it. I put my faith and trust in God and went for it.

Betty: Where do you see yourself in a couple years from now? How do you think everything you’ve built will have evolved as well? Is there an end-goal for you?

Jesse: At this moment where ever God takes me I am ready to go because it’s him who gives direction to where my path should go. I do see myself in a place or on a platform which will enable more educational development through skateboarding. I see ASU representatives not just in Angola but in other parts of the world doing work on our behalf. For me personally there’s no end goal, it’s do the most you can while you can because there’s only one life and you can live it the best possible while you are trying to reach your goals.

Betty: Have you always been able to leverage your personal strengths to attain success independent of others, or have there been people in your life or communities to help guide you along the way?

Jesse: It’s been a mixture of all. Firstly. I had to do a self analysis to evaluate my strengths and weaknesses to improve myself. Thirdly, once that was fixed I then started with the idea of developing skateboarding in Angola giving skaters a platform and a voice. I am supported by my Father, Mr Alec Beck and Chris Ray and my God. They always guide me to make strategic moves that help not just me but skateboarding in Angola move forward. There’s more people that I would mention but the list is endless.

Betty: Is there something you are very proud of that you would like to share with us?

Jesse: There’s quite a few like building a skatepark in Angola. The endless nights I spent drafting proposals and doing my local research. Luanda Skatepark was actually supposed to look very different than it is now and was almost named STEEZ Union Skatepark.

– But the top of my list would be creating Angola Skateboarding Union – ASU I put my all in ASU, everything friendship , love , time, sweat, tears and drive into making a simple logo come to life. When I launched my first ever skateboard deck, the ASU dream Model Skateboard Deck Series 1, I really felt dreams do come true. Someone one day can look at what I have created and actually see it as proof that if you work hard enough anything can be possible.

Betty: Do you have any advice for charities thinking about launching a skatepark campaign?

Jesse: Be ready to work very, very hard. Staying motivated as a group is crucial. Everyone working or volunteering at the charity should know the mission. It’s important to remember that you are a team and must respect each other to achieve your goal. Another thing to do is network. Make sure you build good relations not just with the locals but also internationally because it doesn’t only take one person to make that project happen. It’s a chain of people who are involved and support your project.

Betty: Anything else you would like to share?

Jesse: Thank you too much Skateboards For Hope for the opportunity you have given not just me but also to the ASU and the skate scene of Angola. I am really trying to grow it and change it for the better for our future skaters. This type of media provides a platform to talk about what I do and how we came to exist. I hope this article gives hope to someone who is also trying to make a difference with skateboarding.

Thank You so much! I really do appreciate it. We won’t stop now. We are planning more great projects in the future to develop skateboarding in Angola for all our heel and kick flippers!! Come visit us in Luanda. WE CAN’T WAIT TO MEET YOU!!

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If you know someone or a Non-Profit Organization that deserves to be featured on our blog and it is related to skateboarding, please write to us at hello@skateboardsforhope.com

DONATE YOUR USED SKATEBOARDS, HELMETS, PROTECTION PADS AND FUNDS TO SUPPORT OUR MISSION TO EMPOWER YOUTH TO BREAK THE CYCLE OF POVERTY.

www.skateboardsforhope.com

Thank you 2019 ! Welcome 2020 !

We here at Skateboards For Hope are so grateful to YOU, the people who supported us throughout the year. Our partners who elevated our mission and made lives better for thousands of children living in poverty worldwide. THANK YOU!

More recycled skateboards means more children learning the joy of skateboarding which will develop more success and opportunities of growth.

We can’t wait to see what 2020 will bring. We wish you a very Happy New Year filled with joy and dreams of a better and more prosperous future!

If you want to volunteer, contribute or collaborate, please reach out to

us: hello@skateboardsforhope.com

DONATE TO END POVERTY.



Happy holidays from your friends @SkateboardsForHope

The holiday season is here with Hanukkah, Christmas and Kwanzaa, and it’s a great time for connecting with friends, family and your community. We hope you get some laughter and happy memories as we approach the end of 2019. We want to thank you all for your continued support and dedication to Skateboards For Hope’s mission to make life better for children worldwide.

We wish you all very happy holidays:

Happy Hanukkah! Merry Christmas!

Happy Kwanzaa! Feliz Navidad!

Happy New Year!


”It always seems impossible, until it’s done.” Nelson Mandela.

Kindest regards,

Betty Esperanza

Founder

Revolutionizing Skateboards For A Better Future

We are grateful for the past twelve months which were a blast of fresh ideas, tumultuous at times for some of our skate crew in countries like Cuba where international politics might have slowed down the progress of skateboarding but nonetheless, very impactful. One thing for sure, nothing can stop the evolution of skateboarding as long as there is a will, there is a way. We developed some phenomenal partnerships that benefited the most disenfranchised skaters and families were touched by the generosity and efforts made by volunteers, community, sponsors, partners and good-hearted people. The skateboard community is a reflection of our society and our commitment to continue pushing ahead all the benefits and importance of skateboarding culture, lifestyle and values in all parts of the world. We hope you enjoy the photos, videos and highlights of our extraordinary year in 2019. Wishing you the very best in health and happiness. Thank you for being part of our family near or far. We can’t wait to see what happens next in 2020!

 

CUBA IN THE NEWS 2019

Watch the video below filmed and edited by Yojany Perez and how skateboarding has revolutionized the sport in Cuba.

Thanks to ChopMEDown Films for capturing the essence of what Skateboards for Hope™ Community is all about. Yojany is the hero who has taken a leadership role to empower his community and as an Ambassador of goodwill too.

Partners With A Big Heart

We are more than stoked about our partnership with Landyachtz who is making our year end the most epic by donating over 200+ complete skateboards and bringing our important mission to Planet Earth. Not only are they donating equipment but they are also planting a tree for every skateboard purchased. Can we get a HELL YEAH!?

 
 

We can’t get over the excitement…are you feeling it too? We know how much you love to make people happy too. Who wouldn’t want to get a skateboard at Christmas? We hope you get whatever you wished for… may your time be spent with people you love…and lovers of skateboards. Click on this link to buy the skateboard of your dreams:

AMBASSADORS REIGN

We had some epic events in 2019 that were led by our Ambassadors in Scotland, Cuba, Uganda, Angola, Brazil, England, Nunavik and Canada. There are hundreds of photos and examples to tell you about but no room for them all. We thought we would start by sharing some photos below. Our ambassadors are aged 6 to 26 years and they all did a phenomenal job of spreading the joy of skateboarding. Some won Ambassador Awards this year for collecting skateboards, helmets and funds which were donated to children in Cuba, Angola, Uganda, Salluit-Nunavik and Barbados. Hip, hip hoorah! (Just like Poppie Clark from Scotland would say!) Photo below of Poppie and family who crossed the longest bridge in Scotland to raise awareness and funds for Skateboards For Hope.

 

“Hey Guys! I’m Manu Nonno and I’m 7 years old. I’m a skater from Niteroi, Rio de Janeiro. I am announcing that I’m the new ambassador of Skateboards For Hope in Brazil. I am so happy to be part of this project and spread happiness through skateboarding. Thanks and visit us often!”

DON BALL VOLLEYBALL FUNDRAISER 2019

More than 160 people from the Montreal restaurant-bar industry had the chance to participate in this very friendly volleyball competition that helped fundraise in less than 2 years a total of $5000. The Don Ball is presented by many of our local partners and we thank them for their support and generosity: EMPIRE, Carlos & Pepe’s, Corona Canada, Palm Bay, Skateboards for Hope™, Labatt 50, Oasis Surf, Rouge Media, La Marca Proseco, Bacardi Canada Inc, Jack Daniel’s, OB Factory, Don B Comber, Ils en Fument du Bon, Bubly et Undz!!!

THE Video that went viral… 57K views and counting. Thanks to Mitch Summers who travelled to Havana, Cuba by electric sailboat on a mission to tell our story. Follow him on Instagram: @mitch__summers

En français SVP. We have the honour of presenting a documentary by Radio-Canada. who travelled with Founder, Betty Esperanza and Ambassador, Maxx Boucher (11 years old) to Havana, Cuba to film the donation of over 100 skateboards and VANS shoes to kids in the most remote parts of Havana. Only in French. Click on the link to watch the 30 sec trailer: To watch full 13 minutes documentary: Click here!

So many wonderful stories and happy endings in 2019. You can find all our posts on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter. We would love to hear form you too. Let us know how we can collaborate! Write to us at hello@skateboardsforhope.com

The Skateboards For Hope team wishes you a wonderful holiday season filled with joy and laughter surrounded by your loved ones. Take the time to enjoy the outdoors, go snow skating, walking, sledding, to rest and to replenish your energy and your spirits. Happy days are here to stay.

Ending Poverty, Giving Tuesday and You

“The idea of giving a child something like a skateboard to encourage them to take risks, become problem solvers, and build a community of friends with similar interests in an activity they might not have been exposed to other wise is something we try to achieve with help from donors like you.”

 

What is Giving Tuesday? Every year, people around the world celebrate giving and volunteering on the Tuesday after Black Friday. It’s a chance to add a dash of philanthropy to your holiday shopping.

This year, Giving Tuesday falls on December 3 and we invite you to consider giving to Skateboards For Hope Foundation. https://givingtuesday.ca/partners/skateboards-for-hope#.VeNV3tm9LCQ

 
 

Skateboards for Hope™ invites you to be part of the sharing community where you can donate your time, funds or used skateboards to underprivileged youth. Your donation impacts a child’s life directly. It’s pretty cool and we hope it will inspire you.

 

Skateboards for Hope works to create an oasis of trust and freedom for children, so they can get inspired to become strong leaders in their communities.

​We want to make a change and break the cycle of poverty, one skateboard at a time.

#GIVINGTUESDAY is DECEMBER 3rd

Your gift could make a world of difference for a child in need.

DONATE YOUR TIME, SKATEBOARDS, MONEY TO HELP KIDS THRIVE! #GIVINGSKATEBOARDS

Watch our TEDx to learn more about how skateboards can give hope and break the cycle of poverty. (9 minutes)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ia39GHeszkk

Video en Francais:

L’Esperanza de Cuba  – Documentaire de Radio Canada – Podium  (13 minutes)

https://ici.radio-canada.ca/sports/podium/176/betty-esperanza-cuba-skateboard-planche-roulettes-havane

 

We invite you to LIKE https://www.facebook.com/skateboardsforhope

 

Follow us on instagram https://www.instagram.com/skateboardsforhope

 

Follow us on twitter https://www.twitter.com/skateboard4hope

 

Please feel free to contact us with any questions you have or suggestions.

 

Thank you for your support!

Betty Esperanza

Founder & Godmother

hello@skateboardsforhope.com

Ambassador Awards Party

We are super stoked to invite you to attend the Ambassador Awards party taking place December 1st, 2019 at TAZ SKATEPARK at 2:00pm. We will be skateboarding, eating cake and giving out awards to ambassadors who made a difference all year.

Don’t forget to RSVP so we make sure you eat cake: hello@skateboardsforhope.com

[Entrance to Taz is not included]

Nous sommes ravis de vous inviter à assister à la soirée des Prix Ambassadeurs qui aura lieu le 1er décembre 2019 à 14 h, au TAZ SKATEPARK.

Nous ferons de la planche à roulettes, mangerons des gâteaux et distribuerons des prix aux ambassadeurs qui ont fait toute la différence toute l’année.

N’oubliez pas de confirmer votre présence, nous nous assurons donc de manger du gâteau: hello@skateboardsforhope.com

[L’entrée à Taz n’est pas incluse]

Skateboards were donated to skaters in Cuba in July. You can watch the documentary by Radio Canada.

~Des planches à roulettes ont été données à des patineurs à Cuba en juillet. Vous pouvez regarder le documentaire de Radio Canada ici:

https://ici.radio-canada.ca/sports/podium/176/betty-esperanza-cuba-skateboard-planche-roulettes-havane

If you are interested in learning more about our volunteer opportunities, please contact us! We would be happy to include you in our sk8 family.

Si vous souhaitez en savoir plus sur nos possibilités de bénévolat, contactez-nous! Nous serions heureux de vous inclure dans notre famille sk8.

Ambassador Awards Party


Skateboards were donated to skaters in Cuba in July. You can watch the documentary by Radio Canada.

~Des planches à roulettes ont été données à des patineurs à Cuba en juillet. Vous pouvez regarder le documentaire de Radio Canada ici:

https://ici.radio-canada.ca/sports/podium/176/betty-esperanza-cuba-skateboard-planche-roulettes-havane

If you are interested in learning more about our volunteer opportunities, please contact us! We would be happy to include you in our sk8 family.


Si vous souhaitez en savoir plus sur nos possibilités de bénévolat, contactez-nous! Nous serions heureux de vous inclure dans notre famille sk8.


Make Love

The International Day of Peace (“Peace Day”) is observed around the world each year on 21 September. Established in 1981 by unanimous United Nations resolution 36/37, the General Assembly has declared this as a day devoted to “commemorating and strengthening the ideals of peace both within and among all nations and peoples.” For the text of the U.N. Resolution, CLICK HERE.

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Our skateboarders live within the gated city of Gulu, Uganda where the threat of war is still ongoing. Bordering on South Sudan, People in the Uganda districts of Gulu, Kitgum and Pader were victims especially the Acholi people of northern Uganda. More than a million Acholi had moved to protected camps. Skateboarding is how the children escape the challenges of poverty. It’s why twice a week there are skateboarding lessons offered to over 150 youth. This is a significant way to foster collaboration, peace and sustainable social-economic development.

 
 

Greta Thunberg, the Swedish teenage climate activist that has been making waves in the environmental community, is finally going to be paying Canada a visit. Greta Thunberg’s Canada trip will take her to Montreal, where she will take part in a climate protest scheduled for Sept. 27. In a tweet announcing her plan to attend the march in Montreal, Thunberg urged people to register and “spread the word!”

Follow the Facebook event page for details.

SAVE THE PLANET! ♻️ SKATEBOARDS! Drop off at Le Taz Skatepark or contact us for pick up: hello@skateboardsforhope.com

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L’Esperanza de Cuba

Voir le documentaire de Radio Canada Sport — l’émission PODIUM par la journaliste Jacinthe Taillon et réalisateur Sylvain Caron.

Cliquez le lien pour voir le documentaire

http://ici.radio-canada.ca/sports/podium/176/betty-esperanza-cuba-skateboard-planche-roulettes-havane?fromApp=appSportsAndroid&fromMobileApp=android


L’Esperanza de Cuba
Récupérer les planches à roulettes à Montréal, les recycler bénévolement et les apporter à Cuba pour les donner à des enfants défavorisés, voilà la mission que Betty Esperanza s’est donnée.

Joignez-vous à nous au Festival Graffiti UNDERPRESSURE les 10 & 11 août 2019

C’est gratuit! Rue Ste-Catherine est coin Boul. St-Laurent. Mini-rampe sur place. Déposez vos dons de skateboards, casques et équipements usagés.

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Procurez-vous des billets pour la 8ieme édition de JACKALOPE fest au Stade Olympique les 16-17-18 août 2019.

Déposez vos dons de skateboards, casques et équipements usagés. On a des surprises pour les 50 premières personnes qui viendront à notre kiosque. Invité spéciale Beto Janz, artiste qui fera de l’art avec les planches brisées.

https://jackalope.tribu.co/montreal/tickets/

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EMPIRE OPEN a ne pas manquer les 29- août au 1 septembre 2019 au TAZ SKATEPARK. C’est gratuit.

Suivez-nous sur INSTAGRAM https://www.instagram.com/skateboardsforhope/

et FACEBOOK

https://www.facebook.com/SkateboardsForHope/

et

Cherchez un Skatepark n’importe ou dans le monde: https://www.skateboardsforhope.com/skatepark-directory

The Truck Stops Here

Custom Steve Caballero 1 of 1 engraved Indy truck from a Japanese artist.

Whenever you hear the word trucks from a skateboarder, the most obvious reaction to the average Joe is <Wha?!> Well, it’s the part that holds the wheels and deck and keeps you balanced. It’s not TONKA.

It just happens that it’s also the part that is recycled the least depending on the level of experience of the skater. Most trucks can last 2-3 years if you are a beginner and haven’t mastered the grind or rails. Trucks come in all sizes too which can be confusing to a novice.

Skateboards For Hope recycles all parts of the skateboard. 80% of donations are decks, 15% are wheels (with or without bearings) and maybe 5% are trucks. Which makes trucks a commodity.

We are are in desperate need of used trucks. We have a shipment planned for Salluit, Nunavik, and another for Gulu, Uganda. If you are a skater and are planning to change your trucks, please consider donating them to us.

We can make arrangements to pick them up or you can drop them off at our headquarters in Westmount-NDG. CONTACT US FIRST: (514)591-8256 for a time and address.

Let us know if you have any skateboarding equipment to donate and we will make sure your generous donation goes to a deserving kid!

Let‘s give hope!

Spread the joy of skateboarding!

REUSE. RECYCLE. REVOLUTIONIZE.

77 Montréal

Maintenant que l’été semble être installé pour de bon, il est temp d’en profiter pleinement ! 77 Montréal propose une sortie de génie pour toute la famille : les enfants de moins de 10 ans entrent gratuitement et la zone familiale du festival les fera capoter ! Une section avec des œuvres d’art & de l’artisanat, jeux gonflables, ainsi qu’une zone de relaxation et une zone d’allaitement et plus encore ! Plus d’excuses, obtenez vos tickets et venez profiter d’une expérience unique en assistant à l’un des meilleurs festivals de musique PUNK du monde !

Et, si la chance vous sourit, prenez le temps de participer à notre concours ! Partagez notre post, identifiez un(e) ami(e) et assurez-vous d’ajouter #evenko #77montreal and #skateboardsforhope. Vous trouverez les étapes à suivre à la fin de l’article.

Nous voulons voir votre passion pour ’77 Montreal et le PUNK ROCK !

TICKETS:

77 Montréal présenté par Coors Light sera de retour pour sa troisième édition le 26 juillet 2019 !

Bad Religion / Pennywise / Streetlight Manifesto / The Exploited / BIGWIG / WAVVES / Four Year Strong / The Avengers / Charly Bliss / MUTE / Gutter Demons (official) / Sudden Impact TOHC / The Anti-Queens / Young Party / Pulley / The Menzingers / The Dirty Nil / Cro-Mags et PLUS encore

https://www.77montreal.com/

OH! N’oublions pas la bière et les food trucks! ‘77 Montréal s’occupe de vous nourrir et de vous rassasier bien comme il faut :

Skateboards for Hope™ offre deux tickets pour assister au festival ‘77 Montreal. Pour tenter votre chance de gagner, il suffit de suivre les étapes suivantes :

Aimez la page Skateboards for Hope™ sur Facebook.

Laissez un commentaire ci-dessous en expliquant pourquoi vos enfants ou vos amis aimeraient assister au festival. N’oubliez pas d’identifier #77montreal #evenko #skateboardsforhope.

Ce concours est ouvert à toute personne résidant au Québec. Le prix inclut 2 tickets pour assister au festival le Vendredi 26 Juillet, 2019 au Parc Jean Drapeau. Le prix ne peut pas être transféré.

Le concours est ouvert jusqu’au 21 Juillet, 2019 a 7:07PM. Le ou la gagnante sera notifié(e) le 21 Juillet, 2019 et devra réclamer son prix le 22 Juillet, 2019.

77 Montreal /Win 2 tickets

Summer is here to stay! Especially with festival season. Looking for something to do with the family? 77 Montreal is perfect for young families. Kids under 10 get in free and there is a kids zone, relaxation station, changing tables and nursing tent, plus so much more. So, no excuses, get your tickets and make it epic with guaranteed punk rock pride and the best music festival July 26th!

Plus, if you are feeling lucky, join us for a quickie contest. SHARE our post, TAG a friend and make sure you add #evenko #77montreal and @skateboardsforhope We need to see your LOVE for 77! Read instructions at the end.

TICKETS:

77 Montréal présenté par Coors Light sera de retour pour sa troisième édition le 26 juillet 2019 !

77 Montréal is on July 26th, 2019!

Bad Religion / Pennywise / Streetlight Manifesto / The Exploited / BIGWIG / WAVVES / Four Year Strong / The Avengers / Charly Bliss / MUTE / Gutter Demons (official) / Sudden Impact TOHC / The Anti-Queens / Young Party / Pulley / The Menzingers / The Dirty Nil / Cro-Mags and MORE !

https://www.77montreal.com/

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77 Montréal is on July 26th, 2019!

OH! And did we mention BEER AND FOOD TRUCKS?

www.skateboardsforhope.com

is giving away 2 tickets to attend the 77 Montreal festival.

For your chance to win, follow these steps:

Like Skateboards For Hope on Facebook.

Comment below why your kids would love the show. Tag #77montreal #evenko #skateboardsforhope

– Contest open to Quebec residents. Prize to include 2 tickets to see the show on Friday, July 26, 2019 at Parc Jean Drapeau. Prize may not be transferred. Contest open until July 21, 2019 at 7:07pm. Winner will be notified by July 21st and must claim prize by July 22.

VANS PARK SERIES IN MONTREAL

Well, we have to tell you how excited we are about the NEW VANS PARK SERIES permanently sculpted into the iconic Olympic Stadium in Montreal. We had no idea we would get so emotional but here it is to stay for the future of skateboarding and we want to brag about it very loudly.

but here it is to stay for the future of skateboarding and we want to brag about it very loudly.

READ THIS ON VANS PARK SERIES WEBSITE

Montréal, CANADA (July 12, 2019) – Today in Montréal at the third stop of the Vans Park Series Pro Tour, the local community gathered to witness the brand new, never-been-skated park terrain course.

Tristan Rennie excited the crowd with some of his best skating on this year’s tour, with his usual consistency and use of the entire course, which ultimately landed him top spot in the Men’s Semi Finals. The Brazilian pair of Luiz Francisco and Pedro Barros, rounded out the top three positions with both skaters utilizing their speed and power to energize the field and show their technical skills throughout the Semis.

In the Women’s division, VPS Brazil stop winner, Yndiara Asp took the lead going into the Finals by claiming top spot going into Saturday. Much like her fellow countrymen, Luiz and Pedro, she demonstrated high speed and unique tricks around the entire course. Jordyn Barratt and Lizzie Armanto followed closely behind in second and third respectively, with their impressive maneuvers and creative flow around the new course.

The live broadcast for the finals begins at 12 p.m. Eastern Standard Time on Saturday, July 13, and can be watched on vansparkseries.com.

WATCH THE ENTIRE VIDEO OF JULY 12TH BROADCAST BELOW!

VANS BRINGS HOPE TO MONTREAL

https://cultmtl.com/2019/07/vans-park-series-montreal-skatepark/

Vans brings a major skate event and permanent skatepark to Montreal by Sasha Zeidler

A skateboarding legend and fierce competitors descend on the city next weekend as the Vans Park Series moves east.

After years of being hosted in Vancouver, Vans Park Series’ is moving its Canadian event to Montreal, along with a new legacy skatepark.

The West Coast has generally always been the hub of skateboarding culture, but in recent years, the east has been moving in to claim a piece of recognition. Now with Vans’ stamp of approval, Montreal continues to lead the Canadian skate scene in the east.

Already home to Dime Glory Challenge and Empire Am Getting Paid Montreal is adding Vans Park Series (VPS) to the roster of world-recognized skateboarding competitions held in the city.

Previously residing at one of Vancouver’s oldest and most iconic skate spots, Hastings Skatepark, the decision was made to not only move the event, but also gift Montreal with Canada’s first permanent legacy skatepark.

“It was a challenging decision to move Vans Park Series,” says Vans Canada marketing manager Alex Auchu. “But the opportunity to bring the event to Montreal, alongside a legacy park, was something that we felt was the right thing to do given the city’s vibrant skateboarding community.”

For over two years, Vans has been working with Olympic Park to donate over 38,500 square feet of skate-dedicated space to the city. Though VPS will be the new park’s inaugural event, it’s built “not only for competitive skateboarders, but for the community at large.”

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The annual park terrain world tour touches down in five countries every summer, competing to reach the VPS World Championship in September. For the first time at a Canadian stop, both men and women will be included in the event.

“Inclusion and diversity are deeply woven into Vans’ DNA,” says Auchu. “For 2019, we’re pleased to say that a women’s and men’s event is a part of every stop on the VPS World Tour and VPS remains committed to endorsing prize parity at every stop.”

Legendary skateboarder Tony Hawk will be on location as the official live broadcast commentator for the series alongside co-host Chris Cote, while skaters compete for a $160,000 prize total.

“I’ve seen overall skating talent evolve quickly in recent years,” said Hawk through Vans. “So I’m looking forward to watching that progression in the form of park terrain skateboarding unfold.”

Pedro Barros, the defending men’s pro tour champion for the Canadian stop, will compete alongside other Vans skaters for their chance of dethroning Alex Sorgente and Brighton Zeuner in the 2019 Pro Finals in Salt Lake City.

Vans Park Series is happening at the Vans Pro Park (Parc Olympique Esplanade, 4545 Pierre-de-Coubertin), prelims and semi-finals on Friday, July 12, finals and awards on Saturday, July 13, free, ages.

WATCH THE YOUTUBE TRAILER HERE: https://youtu.be/btNIja1k0Gg

DON’T FORGET TO SUBSCRIBE TO OUR NEWSLETTER ON OUR WEBSITE: www.skateboardsforhope.com

SEE YOU IN THE STREETS!

JACKALOPE Madness

Skateboards For Hope invites you to experience one of the greatest outdoor action sports festivals in Canada happening in your backyard, Montréal‘s Olympic Stadium.

Three days of family-fun and death defying tricks with a BASE jump from the highest inclined tower in the world, Boulder climbing with climbers from the 4 corners of the world, Fixed Gear, Outdoor concerts and an exciting international World Cup Skateboarding with Professional skaters and some even from Montreal who will fight for their podium finish to enter the Tokyo2020 Olympics. Food trucks, pop up shops, contests, prizes, good bags and fun for the whole family.

Join us for our 8th édition and do not forget to bring some cash… we’ll bet you will want to buy some souvenirs and gifts.

3day pass is $30.00. Buy tickets here: https://jackalope.tribu.co/montreal/tickets/

WATCH TRAILER HERE: https://jackalope.tribu.co

VISIT SKATEBOARDS FOR HOPE HERE:

https://www.skateboardsforhope.com

Bringing Hope To Cuba

We are so excited to travel June 28th to Havana to meet up with Yojany Perez (seen above). It has been 2.5 years since Godmother & Founder, Betty Esperanza has been to the island. It will be a happy reunion with the skateboarding community but an emotional reunion too. We are making dreams happen and we will share it with you through social media. Make sure you follow us on our journey that will impact children’s lives directly.

Watch for our stories here and on FACEBOOK INSTAGRAM TWITTER.

OFF THE WALL in CUBA

If you want to donate gear, helmets, skateboards or funds, please visit our website . We would be happy to share your generous gifts with the community and the world.

GIVE HOPE TO KIDS!

REUSE, RECYCLE, REVOLUTIONIZE

SKATEBOARDS FOR HOPE !

Bringing Hope To Cuba

We are so excited to travel June 28th to Havana to meet up with Yojany Perez (seen above). It has been 2.5 years since Godmother & Founder, Betty Esperanza has been to the island. It will be a happy reunion with the skateboarding community but an emotional reunion too. We are making dreams happen and we will share it with you through social media. Make sure you follow us on our journey that will impact children’s lives directly.

Watch for our stories here and on FACEBOOK INSTAGRAM TWITTER.

OFF THE WALL in CUBA

If you want to donate gear, helmets, skateboards or funds, please visit our website . We would be happy to share your generous gifts with the community and the world.

New Beginnings

We got news from Odeke Collins, Skateboards for Hope™ Ambassador in Gulu, Uganda. The skaters came out to help assemble the latest shipment of equipment sent from Montreal Headquarters. It travelled with two volunteers from CEED Concordia last month. A donation of 40 t-shirts was provided by EVIL GAINS two young entrepreneurs who also volunteer at Skateboards For Hope.

Often the decks are the first to get wear and tear. So the crew got busy replacing some of the decks and mounted new skateboards which were donated by a Canadian brand, BoardWithLife.

In order to keep up with the demand, SFH is preparing for another shipment in September. If you would like to donate your skateboard or gear, helmet or shoes, please contact us for pickup at hello@skateboardsforhope.com

Yes, that’s a frisbee! We sent down some to keep the kids occupied while they wait in line to practice skateboarding. When you have 150 lined up… it helps to keep them active. Patience is best learned with a distraction.

If you would like to help out, please consider a donation via our website. Have a great weekend! Keep on shredding!

Skateboarder Spreads the Love With Heartfelt Letter

Tasked with the mission to present a charity she loved to her 5th grade class, skateboarder Nina Djordjevic wrote us the sweetest letter explaining why she felt so passionate about Skateboards For Hope:

To whom it may concern,

My name is Nina Djordjevic. I am a grade five student at Regal road Junior Public School. My class was assigned a project to choose a charity that I was passionate about. I chose your charity because I personally love skateboarding and I think that it is amazing that you’re spreading the joy. For my lesson, I presented a poster and speech about your charity to my class. Then we did an activity. Since Skateboards For Hope sends skateboards to youth who lost hope, we coloured in printed skateboards, as if we are sending it to someone. I hope your charity continues to be successful. I think that you really give hope to all those people. Thank you Skateboards For Hope for being a great and beautiful team!

Sincerely,

Nina

Along with her amazing letter were pictures of Nina holding her beautiful project on Skateboards For Hope:

And a few with her and her friends, amidst their beautiful skateboard drawings!

We thank you, Nina, for taking the time to talk about our wonderful organization. People like you fuel our desire to persist in our mission to empower young people to the best of our ability. Much love, and keep on shredding!

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FOLLOW US!

FACEBOOK: Skateboards for Hope™

INSTAGRAM: Skateboards for Hope™

Not sure where to direct your gift? Click on the links below.

Faire un don directly from our website here.

Do you want to support us by wearing our T-shirt? Boutique online today:

Want to donate your used skateboard? You can drop it off at Le Taz Skatepark or make arrangements for pickup or drop off. You can also send it by the mail.

Want to volunteer? Send us an email.

Skateboarder Spreads the Love With Heartfelt Letter

Tasked with the mission to present a charity she loved to her 5th grade class, skateboarder Nina Djordjevic wrote us the sweetest letter explaining why she felt so passionate about Skateboards For Hope:

To whom it may concern,

My name is Nina Djordjevic. I am a grade five student at Regal road Junior Public School. My class was assigned a project to choose a charity that I was passionate about. I chose your charity because I personally love skateboarding and I think that it is amazing that you’re spreading the joy. For my lesson, I presented a poster and speech about your charity to my class. Then we did an activity. Since Skateboards For Hope sends skateboards to youth who lost hope, we coloured in printed skateboards, as if we are sending it to someone. I hope your charity continues to be successful. I think that you really give hope to all those people. Thank you Skateboards For Hope for being a great and beautiful team!

Sincerely,

Nina

Along with her amazing letter were pictures of Nina holding her beautiful project on Skateboards For Hope:

And a few with her and her friends, amidst their beautiful skateboard drawings!

We thank you, Nina, for taking the time to talk about our wonderful organization. People like you fuel our desire to persist in our mission to empower young people to the best of our ability. Much love, and keep on shredding!

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FOLLOW US!

FACEBOOK: Skateboards for Hope™

INSTAGRAM: Skateboards for Hope™

Not sure where to direct your gift? Click on the links below.

Donate directly from our website here:

Do you want to support us by wearing our T-shirt? Shop online today!

https://skateboardsforhope.bigcartel.com/

Want to donate your used skateboard? You can drop it off at Le Taz Skatepark or make arrangements for pickup or drop off. You can also send it by the mail.

Want to volunteer? Send us an email: hello@skateboardsforhope.com

Find a Skatepark Anywhere in the World

When you travel with your skateboard to a city you might not be familiar with or not have any friends, wouldn’t it be great to just search for skateparks and try them out?

We are happy to link you with Skatepark Directory by Concrete Disciples. We are stoked that you will discover skateparks around the world and maybe even in your own city. Please share with your friends and we hope to meet up with you one day in a skatepark closest to you.

FOLLOW US ON FACEBOOK: Skateboards for Hope™ INSTAGRAM: Skateboards for Hope™

Not sure where to direct your gift? Click on the links below.

Donate directly from our website here:

Do you want to support us by wearing our T-shirt? Shop online today!

https://shop.skateboardsforhope.com

Want to donate your used skateboard? You can drop it off at Le Taz Skatepark or make arrangements for pickup or drop off. You can also send it by the mail.

Want to volunteer?

Send us an email: hello@skateboardsforhope.com

Find a Skatepark Anywhere in the World

When you travel with your skateboard to a city you might not be familiar with or not have any friends, wouldn’t it be great to just search for skateparks and try them out?

We are happy to link you with Skatepark Directory by Concrete Disciples. We are stoked that you will discover skateparks around the world and maybe even in your own city. Please share with your friends and we hope to meet up with you one day in a skatepark closest to you.

FOLLOW US ON FACEBOOK: Skateboards for Hope™ INSTAGRAM: Skateboards for Hope™

Not sure where to direct your gift? Click on the links below.

Donate directly from our website here:

Do you want to support us by wearing our T-shirt? Shop online today!

https://skateboardsforhope.bigcartel.com/

Want to donate your used skateboard? You can drop it off at Le Taz Skatepark or make arrangements for pickup or drop off. You can also send it by the mail.

Want to volunteer?

Send us an email: hello@skateboardsforhope.com

One skateboard can change a life and a country

WATCH THIS VIDEO ON FACEBOOK and we hope you share it with your friends.

This story is about Founder, Betty Esperanza and skateboarder Yojany Pérez. Their passions have changed an entire community from Montreal to Havana when Betty gifted her skateboard. Both of theirs lives are connected and forever changed. They empower youth to become leaders in their communities one skateboard at a time.

Special thanks to Mitch Summers for filming the story while on a mission in Cuba. You can see his videos on his Instagram .

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Fêtez avec nous au Skatefest de Saint-Hubert le 15 juin

L’un des événements de skatepark les mieux organisés est à Longueuil. J’ai entendu parlé depuis des années et la plupart de nos ambassadeurs ont juré que c’était du SUPREME. Ben devinez quoi? Nous avons été invités comme partenaire au Skatefest de St-Hubert pour leur 10e anniversaire. Nous espérons vous voir là-bas.

N’oubliez pas d’apporter vos planches à roulettes, bearings et casques usagés. Nous ferons un tirage au sort pour quiconque qui donne de l’équipement ou fera un don en $. Amenez vos sourires, nous prévoyons de nous amuser!

Voir gagnants 2018 ici

Celebrate with us at Skatefest de Saint-Hubert on June 15th

One of the best organized skatepark events off the island is in Longueuil. I had heard about it for years and most of our ambassadors swore that it was SUPREME. Well, guess what? We were invited to partner with Skatefest de St-Hubert for their 10th year anniversary. We hope to see you there. Don’t forget to bring your used skateboards, gear and helmets. We will have a raffle draw for anyone who donates equipment or good old cash. Bring your smiles, we are planning to have lots of fun!

FACEBOOK EVENT PAGE: Skatefest de Saint-Hubert INFORMATIONS

BENEVOLES-VOLUNTEERS: hello@skateboardsforhope.com

Fêtez avec nous au Skatefest de Saint-Hubert le15 juin

L’un des événements de skatepark les mieux organisés est à Longueuil. J’entendais parlé depuis des années et la plupart de nos ambassadeurs ont juré que c’était du SUPREME. Ben devinez quoi? Nous avons été invités comme partenaire au Skatefest de St-Hubert pour leur 10e anniversaire. Nous espérons vous voir là-bas. N’oubliez pas d’apporter vos planches à roulettes, bearings et casques usagés. Nous ferons un tirage au sort pour quiconque qui donne de l’équipement ou fera un don en $. Amenez vos sourires, nous prévoyons de nous amuser!

Celebrate with us at Skatefest de Saint-Hubert on June 15th

One of the best organized skatepark events off the island is in Longueuil. I had heard about it for years and most of our ambassadors swore that it was SUPREME. Well, guess what? We were invited to partner with Skatefest de St-Hubert for their 10th year anniversary. We hope to see you there. Don’t forget to bring your used skateboards, gear and helmets. We will have a raffle draw for anyone who donates equipment or good old cash. Bring your smiles, we are planning on having fun!

INSTAGRAM: SKATEBOARDSFORHOPE

TWITTER: skateboard4hope

WEBSITE: SkateboardsForHope

Are You Our Community Outreach Coordinator

We are searching for a Community Outreach Coordinator to develop partnerships.

Working closely with the Executive Director, the Community Outreach Coordinator oversees the planning and implementation of outreach strategies. They are primarily responsible for connecting people in the broader community by creating sponsorship agreements and cultivating relationships with businesses, individuals, and other relevant organizations.

This job opportunity is ideal for applicants currently in university.

SKILLS:

•Excellent written communication and presentation skills.

•Friendly, enthusiastic and positive attitude.

•Strong knowledge of social media and other basic marketing platforms.

•Detail-orientated with the ability to manage multiple projects at a time.

Some tasks include:

-Develop relationships in the community with other non-profit organizations and partners, for the development and execution of community programming and workshops around a variety of topics relating to collaboration, motivation to stay in school, multiculturalism and inclusiveness and anti-bullying.

-Develop outreach strategies around sports and education.

-Organize and attend community events/ outreach activities and skateboarding activities

-Develop and implement program evaluation procedures, including methods to evaluate impact.

-Keep accurate program records, files and statistics.

-Create program content for the website and social media platforms (Facebook, Instagram,Twitter, LinkedIn)

-English written skills must be fluent. French language skills an asset.

The current position is possible due to a grant by the Canada Summer Jobs Program.

Duration of position: 6 weeks

Type of work: Contract

Salary: 12.50$ p/h

Must start any month between June 10, 2019 and end by September 10, 2019.

Requirements:

Must be a Canadian Citizen, Resident of Canada, and/or Student.

Must be available to work 35 hours a week for 6 consecutive weeks.

Must be able to work in Montreal.

Please send resume and cover letter to: info@skateboardsforhope.com

Bridging The Gap

Poppie Clark, Ambassador, Scotland.
Skateboards For Hope is a people-powered Non Profit organization that empowers youth to become leaders in their communities. One 6 year old from Scotland did just that and made a big impact not only in her hometown, but worldwide. Meet our young ambassador Poppie Clark who has in a short year taken the lead to influence good by sharing her joy of skateboarding.

She enlisted her family, friends and neighbours to donate, collect used skateboards and undertake a huge unprecedented challenge:

Cross the longest bridge in Scotland by skateboarding. All to raise awareness and funds to alleviate poverty for children in Gulu, Uganda.

Skateboarding across the bridge.
We believe that Poppie is more than special, she is phenomenal. Skateboarding has become her passion which has developed her confidence, skills and personality. We see her results from her posts on Instagram and her determination to have fun is contagious.

If you would like to be part of this important initiative, please consider donating $5.00 or more so that children living in poverty can have some joy in their lives while they overcome the challenges life throws at them.

Young skateboarders in Gulu, Uganda.
A heartfelt thanks to all our donors and supporters for making a real difference in the lives of deserving youth.
Poppie and friends raised funds for Skateboards For Hope.
Congratulations Poppie and family for raising $856.35 CAD and for being a

RAD AMBASSADOR CHANGING THE WORLD FOR THE BETTER ONE SKATEBOARD AT A TIME!

CROSSING A BRIDGE ON SKATEBOARDS ✅

RAISING AWARENESS FOR CHILDREN ✅

MAKING A DIFFERENCE ✅

BEING A GOOD INFLUENCER ✅

SETTING THE BAR HIGH ✅

HAVING THE MOST EPIC DAY ✅

SKATEBOARDS FOR HOPE HAPPINESS ✅

Not sure where to direct your gift? Click on the links below.

Donate here: https://www.skateboardsforhope.com/donate

Do you want to support us by wearing our T-shirt? Shop online today! https://skateboardsforhope.bigcartel.com/

Want to donate your used skateboard? You can drop it off at Le Taz Skatepark or make arrangements for pickup or drop off.

Want to volunteer?

Send us an email: info@skateboardsforhope.com

Bridging The Gap

Young skateboarder girl.
Poppie gave out Skateboards For Hope stickers while crossing the bridge on her skateboard.

Skateboards For Hope is a people-powered Non Profit organization that empowers youth to become leaders in their communities. One young 6 year old from Scotland did just that and made a big impact not only in her hometown, but worldwide. Meet our young ambassador Poppie Clark who has in a short year taken the lead to influence good by sharing her joy of skateboarding. She enlisted her family, friends and neighbours to donate, collect used skateboards and undertake a huge unprecedented challenge: Cross the longest bridge in Scotland by skateboarding. All to raise awareness and funds to alleviate poverty for children in Gulu, Uganda.

A boy and a girl skateboarding on the bridge.

Crossing the bridge by skateboarding.

We believe that Poppie is more than special, she is phenomenal. Skateboarding has become her passion which has developed her confidence, skills and personality. We see her results from her posts on Instagram and her determination to have fun is contagious.

If you would like to be part of this important initiative, please consider donating $5.00 or more so that children living in poverty can have some joy in their lives while they overcome the challenges life throws at them.

Young boys playing and skateboarding in Gulu, Uganda.

Children in Gulu, Uganda skateboarding and playing.

A heartfelt thanks to all our donors and supporters for making a real difference in the lives of deserving youth.

Congratulations Poppie and family for raising $856.35 CAD and for being a

RAD AMBASSADOR CHANGING THE WORLD FOR THE BETTER ONE SKATEBOARD AT A TIME!

CROSSING A BRIDGE ON SKATEBOARDS ✅ RAISING AWARENESS FOR CHILDREN ✅ MAKING A DIFFERENCE ✅ BEING A GOOD INFLUENCER ✅ SETTING THE BAR HIGH ✅ HAVING THE MOST EPIC DAY ✅ SKATEBOARDS FOR HOPE HAPPINESS ✅

Not sure where to direct your gift? Click on the links below. Donate directly from our website here

Do you want to support us by wearing our T-shirt? Shop online today! https://skateboardsforhope.bigcartel.com/

Want to donate your used skateboard? You can drop it off at Le Taz Skatepark or make arrangements for pickup or drop off. You can also send it by the mail. 

Want to volunteer?

Send us an email: info@skateboardsforhope.com

Happy International Day of Sports!

Skateboards For Hope invites the community at large to share the joy of International Sports Day 2019 by playing your favourite sport or skateboarding indoors or at a local park where children of all ages can connect face to face to enjoy a healthy and fun physical activity. 

 
 
 
Young skateboarders outdoors.

Skateboarding is so powerful. Spending time with friends is priceless.

 
 
Skateboards For Hope ambassadors heading out to play practice skateboarding and soccer in Gulu, Uganda.

Skateboarding or soccer? Sports Day is everyday in Gulu, Uganda.

Special Thanks to Jennifer Maccarone, Member for Westmount–Saint-Louis, Quebec Liberal Party, Official Opposition Critic for Families for her support.

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Donate your used skateboards to give hope to kids!

 

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Raise Funds To Travel to Cuba

Havana
Travel to Cuba to live an experience of a lifetime by raising funds. Live with a host family for 3 days and learn about Cuban culture.
SUGGESTED ITINERARY

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Take in the color, culture, and Cuban jazz nightlife of Old Havana.

  • Gain insider access to local artists’ studios and workshops.

  • Enjoy a farm-to-table lunch and enjoy some rum and cigars.

  • Get outdoors with an easy and beautiful walk, bus and skateboarding to Ciudad Libertad Skatepark.

  • Meet a family of artists, surfers and skateboarders in the cozy atmosphere of their home.

  • Photography sessions in the streets and distinct barillos.

  • Meet up with our Ambassador and the Skateboards For Hope community for a friendly game of skate.

DAY 1: HAVANA

Upon arrival in Havana, transfer directly to your lodging for a chance to freshen up. Later we will take a panoramic drive through modern Havana and then continue to the workshop and home of internationally renowned artists in Playa. Local artists have turned their homes and neighbourhoods into a masterpiece of graffiti and muralesque beauty.

Tonight, get ready for an evening out on the town, starting with a welcome dinner at San Cristobal Restaurant. Optional: An evening of live Cuban jazz at La Zorra y El Cuervo Club.

Overnight at one of the Luxury Hotels in Havana.

la zorra y el cuervo club
After breakfast, set out on a city tour of Old Havana. The tour will take place on foot and you will visit all the famous squares of Old Havana. Take in the colour and beauty of the historical buildings, sculptures and monuments. We will make special stops at the galleries and workshops of some local artists.

Later today, enjoy some free time to stroll around Old Havana on your own.

Optional: Traditional Cuban music and dance show at The Hotel Nacional.

Overnight at your host family.

Calle Obispo Shopping in Old Havana

DAY 3: HAVANA

Start the day with a visit to El Callejón de Hamel, a vibrant “open air museum” created by Havana’s Afro-Cuban community. Then, we continue for a visit of The Museum of Fine Arts. Here we will explore galleries displaying Cuban art through the ages—a great opportunity to learn more about Cuban culture and history.

After lunch, head out to Playa for a Game of Skate. Bring your skateboard, snack and rum is optional.

Head back to your host family for your last night for an authentic Cuban fiesta supper.

Skateboarders in Havana
DAY 4-6: HAVANA – VARADERO

Early start. Take the bus to Varadero for a 3 hour bus ride with a stop in the middle at the Famous Bus Stop. Music, cafecito and Cuban ham sandwiches are available for purchase.

Arrive at an all-inclusive hotel for a 3 days vacation stay.

DAY 7: VARADERO-HAVANA

Early start. Return by bus to Havana for a 3 hour bus ride with a stop in the middle at the Famous Bus Stop. Music, cafecito and Cuban ham.

Last day is free to explore the city at your own speed, before enjoying a farewell dinner at a local restaurant. Stay overnight at Hotel in Havana.

Old Havana Port

DAY 8: HAVANA

Depending on your return flight explore the city or transfer by Taxi to Airport for return flight.

Hira Vintage Convertible for Your Airport Transfer

For your final few hours, give yourself plenty of time before your flight and hire a 1950s convertible (the drivers act as tour guides as well) to take you to any spots you may have missed during your previous time in Havana. This is the perfect way to go out in style and also saves you money on an airport transfer!

Itineraries are subject to change and can be customized for extra fees.

Cuban Taxi

WHAT’S INCLUDED IN YOUR TRIP?

Flights Montreal to Havana direct.

Accommodations for 7 nights. (3 nights with host family with 2 meals per day and 3 nights in all inclusive at Varadero and 1 night in B&B with breakfast only.) We use a Travel Agency to reserve your vacation.

THE EXPERIENCE OF A LIFETIME!

CLICK THIS LINK TO CONTACT US FOR MORE INFORMATION!

Skate Like A Girl

Happy International Women’s Day! For the past couple of years we have been recruiting Ambassadors worldwide to spread the joy of skateboarding and empower youth to become leaders in their communities. There are 70% of girls who are leading this rEVOLution at Skateboards For Hope and making concrete waves in the skateboarding industry. Skateparks, brands and skate clubs are sprouting up weekly. It’s becoming more common to hold all girls skateboarding events, clinics and social get-togethers. There is so much more we can do to be inclusive and diverse without being exclusive. At Skateboards For Hope, we provide a platform for girls to voice their love of skateboarding and build opportunities to connect. Being different is empowering and skateboarding does that in a safe environment on or offline.

Thanks to all the girls and women leading our industry and society in a positive way !

Special thanks to our Ambassadors who are in the frontlines changing the equation to equal rights. You go girls!

If you want to support our girls and their projects, please donate your time, skateboards and funds.

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Eat Your Lucky Charms

When March comes around the first thing that comes to mind is SPRING! However, I like to think of pots of gold, leprechauns and everything green, even eggs and beer. We are so happy to invite you to join us in the Montreal’s 196th Saint Patrick’s Parade on March 17, 2019 at 11:00am.

This will be Skateboards For Hope 1st participation in the parade and we want to share the joy of skateboarding with the 150,000 Montrealers attending. Come join us and if there is no snow, bring your skateboard. We will carry a banner and wave to the crowd.

All you have to do is RSVP with Godmother, Betty by sending her an email with your full name, age and cellular number. Instructions will be sent via text message.

Nous vous invitons à partager une avant midi ensemble en parade avec l’équipe de Skateboards For Hope. Nous participeront en marchant avec nos bannières! Veuillez nous confirmer votre participation! Contactez nous en envoyant votre nom et numéro de cellulaire par courriel.
Please confirm your participation! Send us your name and cellular number by DM.

TACO ABOUT LOVE

We are so excited to announce that LES 3 AMIGOS has donated 50 lunches on Saturday, February 9, 2019 for our Skateboards For Hope family as a gift of recognition for all the good work we do to spread the joy of skateboarding worldwide.

We want to share this with deserving children in and off the island of Montreal. All you have to do is NOMINATE A CHILD OR YOURSELF.

Send an email with your name, phone number, and age to: info@skateboardsforhope.com

We really appreciate you all and we can’t wait to party with you on this wonderful occasion celebrating our community, friendship and love. Consider this as your valentine invitation !

Dont forget to share us with your friends on your social media ! We like that!

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Start With Saying YES

Our resolution for 2019 is simple: Say YES to skateboarding! We want to make your experience with skateboarding better and help millions of new skaters discover the joy of skateboarding.

DONATE TODAY

Your support today will assure the success of our key projects in the coming year.

Thanks for helping us build a worldwide community, give hope to children, recycle skateboards, and to developing opportunities for dedicated volunteers who make skateboarding safer, easier to access and more fun.

Here’s to a new year of gnarly and epic skateboarding !

— The SkateboardsForHope team

#YESolution2019

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Merry Skatemas To You!

We are so grateful to you all who have supported us throughout the year. And what a year it has been. 2018 will go down in the books! As you celebrate with your loved ones, we want to wish you the same joy and laughter you have given to all of our children and youth with your donations of skateboards and gear.

If you feel like giving more, please support our 11 year old Ambassador Maxx who is collecting funds to buy trucks and wheels for children living in Cuba and Barbados through GoFundMe. Click here

We look forward to more events, stories and celebrations with you!

HAPPY HOLIDAYS! MERRY SKATEMAS!

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Hope For The Holidays

Happy Holidays on skis and snowboards

It’s that time of year when everyone gets excited about the holidays whether you celebrate Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa or anti-holidays, you have to admit that the flurry of good wishes and hope is contagious.

At Skateboards for Hope™ we take this time to reflect on our accomplishments and the impact our mission has had on our communities worldwide. We have provided various opportunities to our groups and skateboarders to try to even the playing field in terms of equipment or micro-financing to remain sustainable. Ultimately, what we have is a sense of belonging that is growing bigger and more solid each month.

The community consists of skateboarders, families, friends, partners, businesses, media and our dedicated ambassadors who have upheld our mission to spread the joy of skateboarding especially to the underserved and underprivileged. These acts of kindness are multiplied by the spirit of giving not only with skateboarding equipment but with empowering positive actions to influence good. As we collectively work together, we want to thank you for your continued support to improve children’s lives through sport and leadership projects. Watch the What’s Up Montreal? video below: (14 minutes).

As the year approaches its end, it is the perfect time to reflect on what makes you happy and to set new goals to reach your dreams. We invite you to collaborate with us in any way you feel best. Volunteers are the foundation of our Non Profit and your energy is what fuels the successes of our missions. Want to donate your skateboard, helmet or gear? Drop it off at TAZ SKATEPARK or make an appointment with Godmother Betty for a pick up. You can also mail it to us.

Apply to be a volunteer here: Want to learn more about becoming an Ambassador? Click here. We would appreciate your support with donations that fund projects, please click here to be directed to our website. You can make a donation in the name of someone and we will send them a personalized card on your behalf.

THANK YOU FOR ALL YOU DO! WE LOVE YOU FOR BEING KIND!

We wish you and your loved ones a very happy holiday season.

HO! HO! HO!

Giving Hope to Kids

Oceane Dube- Ambassador of Skateboards For Hope
Now that Black Friday and Cyber Monday have passed, we celebrate #GivingTuesday — a global movement for giving and volunteering. Take a moment to reflect on the meaning of the season of giving and consider making a donation to help spread the joy of skateboarding to underprivileged youth. Not sure where to direct your gift? Click on the links below. https://givingtuesday.ca/partners/skateboards-for-hope Donate directly from our website here: Do you want to support us by wearing our T-shirt? Shop online today! https://skateboardsforhope.bigcartel.com/ Want to donate your used skateboard? You can drop it off at Le Taz Skatepark or make arrangements for pickup or drop off. You can also send it by the mail.

Want to volunteer?

Send us an email: info@skateboardsforhope.com

Donate skateboards, helmets or funds for XMAS.
THANK YOU FOR GIVING BACK As a thank you for your support, everyone who donates from today to December 4th will be entered in a draw to win a Skateboards For Hope gift set worth $25.00

Winner will be announced on our Facebook and Instagram. Follow and LIKE our Social Media. We like that!

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Silly Girl Skateboard Original Betty

ABOUT US

We are Skateboards For Hope™, a Non Profit, people-powered organization. Our aim is to give children the tools to break the cycle of poverty.

We recycle, reuse and revolutionize skateboards to youth fostering community, collaboration and trust, across the globe. Our mission is to shred the taboos that surround the skateboarding culture and the social stigma it carries. Together, as a community, Skateboards for Hope™ wants to provide youth with an oasis of trust and freedom, to inspire youth to become strong leaders in their community. Skateboards for Hope strives to promote the empowering message of: “be your own hero”.

Giving Tuesday – Giving Hope

Now that Black Friday and Cyber Monday have passed, we celebrate Giving Tuesday — a global movement for giving and volunteering.

Take a moment to reflect on the meaning of the season of giving and consider making a donation to help spread the joy of skateboarding to underprivileged youth.

Not sure where to direct your gift? Click on the links below. https://givingtuesday.ca/partners/skateboards-for-hope

https://www.skateboardsforhope.com/

Do you want to support us by wearing our T-shirt? Shop online today!

https://skateboardsforhope.bigcartel.com/

Want to donate your used skateboard? You can drop it off at Le Taz Skatepark or make arrangements for pickup. Contact Betty at info@skateboardsforhope.com

GIVING BACK

As a thank you for your support, everyone who donates from today to December 4th will be entered in a draw to win a Skateboards for Hope™ gift set worth $25.00. Winner will be announced on our Facebook and Instagram.

Follow and LIKE our Social Media. We like that!

https://m.facebook.com/SkateboardsForHope/

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We are Skateboards for Hope,a Non Profit people-powered organization. Our aim is to give children the tools to break the cycle of poverty.

We recycle, reuse and revolutionize skateboards to youth fostering community, collaboration and trust, across the globe.

Our mission is to shred the taboos that surround the skateboarding culture and the social stigma it carries.

Together, as a family, Skateboards For Hope wants to provide youth with an oasis of trust and freedom, to inspire them to become strong leaders in their community.

Skateboards for Hope strives to promote the empowering message of: “be your own hero”.

Become our Community Blogger

We are inviting you, YES YOU, to share your voice with the world. Help us grow our skateboarding community. Become a member of Skateboards For Hope, download the wix app then sign up to be part of the Skateboards For Hope Community.

What can members do?

Members can follow each other, write and reply to comments and receive blog notifications. Each member gets their own personal profile page that they can customize.

We will make you a member of our blog and add you as a writer so you can write posts for your blog.

Here’s how to do it:

Head to your Member’s Page

Search for the member you want to make a writer

Click on the member’s profile

Click the 3 dot icon ( ⠇) on the Follow button

Select Set as Writer

GIVING THANKS GIVING SKATEBOARDS

At Skateboards for Hope™ we are so grateful to our donors, just like Kristen Conaty who took the time to spread the message of hope to her community. Here’s a great example of one of our supporters who sent us a thank you letter and we are so blown away by the impact it had for her and her students that we decided to share it with you. THANK YOU KRISTEN!
#GIVINGTHANKS #GIVINGSKATEBOARDS #GIVINGTUESDAYMTL

Hi Betty,

I run a mural program during lunch time at The Brandeis School and students are free to sign up and give their art back to the community in different ways. I was introduced to your program at the 2017 NAEA (National Art Educators Association) conference and thought this would be a great fit for my mural students.

The idea of giving someone something like a skateboard to encourage them to take risks, become problem solvers, and build a community of friends and family with similar interests in an activity they might not have been exposed to other wise is something I try to instil in my teaching in the art room.

Many of my students are skateboarders and were extremely excited to find out that the mural program was going to be painting skate decks. The student body in my school has a wonderfully giving nature (I should also mention I work at a private school where students pay tuition to go and often come from financially well off families) When the students in the mural program found out that we would be donating the boards to deserving kids that didn’t necessarily have the same opportunities they do, they were more then happy to give 100% of their effort.

At first some students did not see why we would donate skateboards rather than money. But after a few conversations and finding a wonderful video from the program STOKED mentoring here in NY (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TPCiGtginvY) The students built a better understanding of how money cant always solve personal problems and sometimes reaching out through something like skateboarding opens people up to other possibilities in their lives.

It defiantly took some time to gather all the materials to complete this project. I reached out to family, colleagues and even students inquiring about skateboards, trucks, and wheels. Fortunately we were able to gather all the skate decks through students, friends, and neighbors. I was able to sand down and clean them up at a friends wood shop. The trucks, wheels, and grip tape were things I had anticipated spending my own money on (only one of the boards had good enough trucks and wheels to keep). Luckily I found a good bulk deal on these items and was able to get all of the things we needed to put the skateboards together

The thing I found most surprising about this project is how one of my students who doesn’t really care for my class during regular class time was extremely involved in this process. Donated 4 of his own skateboards, let me know of places to get trucks, wheels and grip tape that were not too expensive but still good quality. It brought out a different side to him that I don’t think i would have been exposed to other wise.

I would start looking for skateboards at the beginning of the school year. And hold a fundraiser to purchase parts that we needed to complete the skateboards. I would also like to get the mentoring organization STOKED involved in some way.

I do think it could be replicated in schools around me (we have a big skateboarding community here). I am sure that it could be replicated around the world if it was done with the right people and funding. The benefits of this program aren’t only for those receiving the finished skateboards but also for the students working on the skateboards. As I said earlier some of my students that didn’t have an interest in their regular art class really showed a different side of themselves through this program. It builds strong characteristics of problem solving, selflessness, empathy, persistence, and so many more.

It did affect me on a personal level. Not only did I get a chance to learn about some of my own students personal interests but through researching your organization I was lead to so many organizations like yours in my area that are doing wonderful mentoring for students in difficult places. This opened my eyes to things that are happening in my own community, and hopefully through this program my students and I made a small positive difference in someones life.

I hope that these skateboards show the recipients that someone out there that doesn’t even know them is thinking of them and wants to share in a similar interest.

Thank you for taking the time to get back to me. I know you have a million things going on with your organization and I just wanted to thank you for what you do. Skateboarding is something I don’t think I would have thought to be so empowering in someones life, and you have brought that to light.

Cheers!

Kristen Conaty

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Giving Tuesday – Mardi je donne

ENGLISH BELOW:

Mardi je donne ce 27 novembre 2018 au Canada, est une nouvelle journée nationale consacrée à la générosité. Au-delà des soldes de la période des Fêtes, c’est l’occasion de célébrer et d’encourager les organismes de bienfaisance. Mardi je donne est un mouvement pour tous ceux qui veulent donner et encourager l’entraide, que ce soit en faisant un don ou du bénévolat, en aidant un voisin ou en passant le mot.

Cette année, Skateboards for Hope™ aimerait envoyer 25 planches a roulettes aux jeunes enfants Cubains, 50 planches aux jeunes autochtones pour le temps des fêtes.

Vous pouvez accéder a notre page pour faire un don ou simplement voir les informations sur la mission.

Voici quelques conseils pour nous aider à faire passer le message:

1. Partagez ce blog avec vos amis sur vos comptes de médias sociaux.

2. Tweetez hashtags: #MardiJeDonneMTL #SkateboardsForHope

3. Faire un don au nom d’un être cher https://givingtuesday.ca/fr/partenaires/2379

Pour en savoir plus sur ce que nous faisons, n’oubliez pas de vous inscrire à notre bulletin et suivez-nous sur Facebook Instagram et Twitter. MERCI POUR VOTRE DON!

Most people know about Black Friday and Cyber Monday … now we have GivingTuesday, November 27, 2018. It is a global movement for giving and volunteering, taking place each year after Black Friday. The “Opening day of the giving season”, it’s a time where charities, companies and individuals join together and rally for favourite causes.

This year Skateboards for Hope™ would like to raise enough funds to send 25 skateboards to young Cuban children and 50 skateboards to First Nations youth, just in time for Christmas holidays. You can access our page to make a donation or learn more about the cause.

Here are a few tips to help us spread the word:

1. Share this blog post with your friends on your social media accounts.

2. Tweet hashtags: #GivingTuesdayMTL #SkateboardsForHope

3. Make a donation in the name of a loved one: https://givingtuesday.ca/partenaires/2379

To learn more about what we do, don’t forget to subscribe to our newsletter and follow us on Facebook Instagram and Twitter. THANK YOU FOR GIVING!

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The Olympic Dream

Hopefully, you watched the video* and got a sense of how the dream is real for Cuban skateboarders who have advanced the sport exponentially the past 5 years with the onset of tourists and Not For Profits bringing hundreds of skateboards and gear to the island. Skateboarding is slated for the Tokyo 2020 Olympics and that’s in less than 2 years. A lot has to be done for Cuba’s athletes to be able to compete at an elite level. A developing country with little to no access to skateboards, no adequate skatepark, no formal skateboarding education and zero support by its government seems like an unfair hurdle to overcome. How reasonable is it to expect Cuban skaters to compete at top levels with the rest of the developed world? Good question! *VIDEO -Click on Watch on YouTube*

Photo Yojany Perez at DIY Skatepark Ciudad Libertad, Havana,

The photo of Yojany Perez above, as romantic as it is seems, doesn’t depict the sheer sweat, blood and tears with which the skaters have shed daily to carve a niche in the Cuban community. Yojany has single-handedly united his community to grow the skateboarding scene. Many organizations visiting the island rely on him and his peers to organize events, demos and guided tours of the barillos where no tourist travels alone. At least 20 documentaries from around the world have featured the talented Cuban skateboarders. Lots of them claiming they helped develop the skate scene or saved the lives of young Cuban boys. Some of that most certainly remains true but when the tourists and do-gooders leave the island, skateboarding continues to evolve and so does the lifestyle.

The common denominator bringing everyone together is a young skater and obvious born diplomat, Yojany Perez. Currently, as an official Ambassador to Skateboards For Hope, his mission is to develop access to skateboarding and unite communities to collaborate. The skate scene is supported by several skate organizations from the United States and Europe and it looks like everyone is trying to stake their foot into Cuban soil to claim their territory. How sustainable can this become? It would be great if Cuba backed their citizens ( skateboarders) and gave them opportunities to develop sustainable economic projects whereby skateboarders could thrive and grow the industry. Who wouldn’t like to purchase decks manufactured in Cuba? I know many Canadians who would travel to purchase skateboards along with the tourist souvenirs of ceramic Orishas and cigars.

Photo by Eva Blue - Havana 2017 of a skateboarder.

Cuban athletes are revered. You don’t have to look far. The Top 10 Cuban athletes according to the PanAmerican World Poll taken in August 2018 listed all time favourite boxing champion TEÓFILO STEVENSON , 3 time Olympic champion also known as “Pirolo”. He was the Muhammad Ali of his era. In fact, the two were best of friends. But this was the fight that never happened. He got all the titles in the International Boxing Association (AIBA); and among them, three Olympic golds stand out: Munich 1972, Montreal 1976 and Moscow 1980.

teofilo stevenson cuban boxer

Another amazing athlete was REGLA TORRES. The International Volleyball Federation called her ‘the best player in the world of the 20th Century’.

At only 17, she became the youngest Gold medalist and pursued her career until Sydney 2000 where she ended with another gold medal to her roster.

Most of you might know that baseball or beisbol is Cuba’s National Sport and a legendary pitcher by the name of PEDRO LUIS LAZO got the title in the Olympic Games of Atlanta, 1996, and the silver medal in Sydney, 2000. He was also a World Champion in Italy, 1998, Chinese Taipei 2001, Havana 2003 and Netherlands 2005.

So we can hope that new sports like skateboarding, surfing, sport climbing, karate and softball will showcase the best of Cuba. So far there hasn’t been any confirmations on classification events in Cuba for skateboarding. There is an extensive qualification process on the website for eligibility at World Skate. But rest assured that skateboarders are working hard to hone their skills in the case a surprise event will be announced on the island. It’s not only in Cuba that skateboarders are asking questions about how to qualify. Just like a startup, it takes times to establish rules, regulations and processes. It also takes determination and perseverance to overcome these road blocks and pave the way to the Olympic dream. Add sponsors to the process and you can predict who will achieve their goals faster.

No doubt that Cuban skateboarders will find a way to the podium despite the immense challenges if not in Tokyo then in the next Summer Olympics. We hope to see Yojany Perez on the podium or at least part of the Cuban delegation. As a role model in his community, wouldn’t that be the ultimate testament of the Olympic dream ?

Ahi na’ma!

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Papillon Skateparks 26 hours Boat Ride

Working and building with your hands might be the most honourable metier. It not only serves its purpose but it instills pride and community. That is what Hugo Papillon has been doing with his company Papillon Skateparks. Building skateparks for skateboarders since 2014. While Hugo and his crew were on a shipping container boat heading out to the remote area of an Innu village called Pakua Shipi in Northern Quebec. The only way in was a 26 hour boat ride from Natashquan (where the road ends). Concrete, rebar, a huge truck and trailer with all the workers & tools had been shipped by boat. This is where the real adventure begins. We caught up with him on his journey while he was stationed in this remote town where he gave us an interview.

~~How did you get involved in skateboarding and building skateparks?~~

I have been skateboarding for 19 years. I can’t recall what got me into it but I know the moment I stepped on a board at age 11, every other activity was done for me; no more team sports, no more cycling, no more video games. I was obsessed from the get-go. Since then I’ve worked multiple jobs in skating and built a lot of DIY stuff because the skatepark situation in Quebec was pitiful : skateparks were being built by people who did not care at all about skating. So I took matters in my own hands.

Ship travelling to Pakua Shipi, Innu, Qu

~~Why did you decide to embark on such a rigorous journey to Pakua Shipi in Northern Quebec?~~

I love challenges and this one seemed like a huge one. Plus, I’m here to share the love of skateboarding. So if I can help spread the movement further, I’m in! I gotta admit, in the beginning I barely thought the project was plausible because of how complicated it was to build a concrete skatepark where no roads lead. But, I still took them seriously and did my best to arrive with a plan that would make it possible.

École Pakua-Shipu

~~Can you tell us about your relationship with the native reserve? ~~

I had no type of relationship with the reserve, but was linked through our reputation of being the only skatepark builders in Quebec. Our reputation being that we develop parks for skateboarders first. Michel Simard, a teacher at the school of Pakua Shipi was an advocate of physical activities for the village kids, got the project started. He influenced the kids to get involved in doing individual sports like snowboarding and skateboarding in the school gym. He was impressed on how the kids improved and how much they loved doing these activities. So he decided that a skatepark would be beneficial for the physical development of the Innu youth.

Pakua Shipi Youth

~~What was the hardest part of this trip? ~~

Oh, definitely the logistics! The only way to get there was either by boat (26 hours minimum) or by plane. Everything had to be shipped on the boat: concrete, steel, workers, truck, trailer and tools. We had to get ”big bags” of cement prepared, then shipped to Sept-îles by road-trains. Then we had to find rebar and steel to have on the boat that only left once a week. Everything had to fit on two different boats because it was so voluminous. Then we had to ship the workers, truck and trailer with all the tools and it all had to be timed. Otherwise the workers would have been there without any materials. Add a fully-booked boat schedule in the mix, limited space for the workers to sleep on and you got one hell of a puzzle.

~~What did you expect when you arrived at the reserve?~~

The main focus of the project was having everything planned perfectly because as soon as we arrived we couldn’t afford anything unexpected. We had been in constant communication with a lot of people in the community that were committed to helping us with the project. People made sure we were well taken care of and not alone. There was someone escorting our workers from the boat arrival so we were all-set up properly.

~~What impact do you want to have in the community?~~

I just want to give an outlet for the people to accomplish themselves through sports without having to meet any expectation of performance. That’s the beauty in skateboarding: you enjoy it at your own rhythm and everyone is on the same team. I hope the skatepark creates a good social environment for the youth to enjoy outdoor activities together.

~~Are there any skaters or companies that inspire you?~~

Of course. The best company to ever come out locally and make us shine internationally is obviously DimeMTL, having found the perfect balance between top-tier skateboarding and humour, which I think portrays the essence of our lifestyle and passion. Whatever they do hits like a breath of fresh air and the whole world has noticed. Some skaters who inspire me know how to balance ripping and having fun. Antoine Asselin as a part-owner and in my opinion the sickest street skater to ever come out of Quebec sure has me inspired to do cool stuff with my company.

~~Is there anything you would like to do that you need help with to achieve?~~

We are trying to spread the skatepark movement in every direction, especially in distant or less developed communities, either in Canada or internationally. But we need contacts to make things happen!

~~What is the next adventure you hope to partake in? Do you collaborate often with other communities or groups?~~

Anything international would be great for me. I’m passionate about travel and love skating in other countries. Building a skatepark somewhere else in the world is a dream of mine.

Hugo Papillon

~~Can you tell us about yourself ? ~~

I’m a 30 year old skate rat who works 60-70 hours a week. Whenever I’m not working on skatepark construction (or heavy office work that comes with it), I’m out in the streets living the skate life.

Getting ready to rumble . Hugo Papillon

~~What is the mission of papillon skateboarding? How long have you been operational? How many people are involved? ~~

We are currently in the middle of our 4th summer. Depending on how many projects we have going on, it goes between 5 and 8. We have approximately 15 people working with us here and there depending on the region we are in. Our mission is simple: provide quality skateparks to our people and fight those who ruined it for our province during all these years installing crappy modular parks to fill their own pockets. Y’all know who you are.

~~Can you tell us what you are planning in the near future? Any scoops? ~~

People in the region of Quebec City have been asking for one of our parks for years now. They will finally be getting a small efficient training facility.

~~What is your wildest dream ?~~

Building a public space for non-skaters that can be used as a real skate plaza, something similar to Love Park in Philadelphia that allows skateboarding: tiles on the ground, granite everywhere etc. A real street spot that was created for skating.

Hugo Papillon  at Peace Park. Photo by Erik Lemay

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Giveaway 4* Nitro Circus YOU GOT THIS!

Win Tickets to Nitro Circus

This summer has been filled with action and adventures all around Montreal for our skateboarders aged 4-44 with wonderful festivals, skateboarding best trick events and urban street skating. Well, we are happy to announce that it continues with NITRO CIRCUS YOU GOT THIS! Tour presented by EVENKO at the Bell Centre on Friday, September 28th. If you are obsessed with DIY contraptions, flying acrobatic motorcycles, BMX, FMX, Inline, skateboarders triple flipping off the highest ramps or high energy crazy stunts, then your dreams will be fulfilled. For the rest of us who have no clue, give yourself a mind blowing and heart pumping cardio date to discover this family-fun extravaganza featuring stunt icon Travis Pastrana and the greatest athletes in action sports. You might even recognize some Champions of the Nitro World Games. See details below on how to enter the contest.

Nitro Circus: You Got This! is coming to the Bell Centre on Friday, September 28th and we’re giving away a pack of 4 tickets to see the show!

For your chance to win, follow these instructions:

Like SKATEBOARDS FOR HOPE on Facebook here.

Comment why your kids or friends would love the show. (Tag them if you can.)

For an extra entry, follow SKATEBOARDS FOR HOPE on Instagram here.

For an extra extra entry, share the Facebook or Instagram posts and hashtag #NITROCIRCUS #YOUGOTTHIS #EVENKO #SKATEBOARDSFORHOPE Don’t forget to tag @skateboardsforhope

– Contest open to Quebec residents. Prize to include four tickets to see the show on Friday, September 28, 2018 at 7:30pm. Prize may not be transferred. Contest open until September 16, 2018 at 11:59pm. Winner will be notified by September 17.

GIRL IS NOT A 4 LETTER WORD

Girl is NOT a 4 letter word Photo credit Tom FullerPhoto credit Tom Fuller

Cindy Whitehead has been a major influence in the girl skate scene since the 1970s. She was one of the first female pro skaters in the USA, with a sponsorship from Puma. Cindy excelled in pool and half-pipe.

The founder of the all-girl skate movement ‘Girl Is Not A 4 Letter Word’ (‘GN4LW’, a merchandise website and social media platform), Cindy is dedicated to supporting females in action sports.

She is also a fashion stylist, having worked with companies such as Gatorade, Nike and athletes such as Maria Sharapova and Mia Hamm.

Cindy’s varied accomplishments include being a guest speaker at a Ted Talk in 2014, induction into the Skateboarding Hall of Fame in 2016, and skating the most congested freeway in USA, the 405 freeway in Los Angeles!

In 2017 she published the book ‘It’s Not About Pretty’ in collaboration with Elise Crigar and Ian Logan. Cindy lives in Hermosa Beach, California with her photographer husband, Ian Logan. (Many thanks to Cindy for graciously supporting Skateboards For Hope.)

1. In the 1970s very few girls skateboarded.

What was it like for you personally, skating and competing in an almost exclusively male-dominated sport?

I never really thought about it back then, I just skated because I loved it.

I knew it was mainly me plus a bunch of guys and but it never deterred me or made me contemplate stopping. I always wished that there were more girls at the skatepark though.

2. When you were a teen, how did your peers feel about your passion for skateboarding?

You know, I am pretty good at surrounding myself with people who are on the same page as I am and those who are not, fall to the way side so I don’t really notice that they aren’t OK with it.

So it was the same back then, I had very supportive friends – male and female – and I think that is part of what kept me from thinking I was different, or I “shouldn’t ” skateboard. I also feel very lucky to have grown up my entire life in a small beach town (Hermosa Beach) where people were, and still are, very accepting and supportive.

3. How do they feel about it today with you working in the skateboard industry, and championing the girl-skate movement?


So many supportive people from all walks of life – it’s so encouraging and motivating to see women who are at the top of their fields (non-skateboarding) support this movement. And support from male skaters has been extremely important and I am thankful for it every step of the way.

The largest male-dominated company in skateboarding, Dwindle Distribution, has had my back and the GN4LW brand in its Dusters California line up of boards for 5+ years now and been so supportive of our mission.

Cindy Whitehead skateboarding at Venice Beach.
Photo credit Ian Logan

4. Are you encouraged by the progress the female skate scene has made since the 70s?

Two to three years ago my answer would have been different. This year it is 100% YES! So many girls out there shredding and just killing it. Brand support for them is reaching new levels; interest in women’s skateboarding is off the charts and companies like Vans are making sure they have equal prize money to the men.

Male dominated teams are adding female riders, women at the pro level are starting to be able to make a living doing what they love – just like the top men have been able to for many years. That is HUGE progress!

5. What pleases you most about the situation in 2018, and does anything disappoint you?

The Olympics are coming and that is a great equalizer for women in skateboarding. It is also presenting new opportunities for the girls and a surge of interest in them. Companies that used to shun them now know they actually NEED them, as girls are the fastest growing demographic in skateboarding.

What would I like to see evolve? I’d like women to fully support female brands/ companies because what could be better than seeing girls & women support one another by riding female pro model boards, wheels truck, shoes, etc.? When women support pro female skaters products and brands led by women, it sends a message to shops, manufacturers, distributors, magazines and companies, that women have spending power and they are hungry for these products.

I’d also like to see the dynamic of only having one female skater on an all guys team – why just one? When women realize that there really is enough of the pie to go around, they will actually want to see it be 50/50 male/female on these teams – that is when we know things have really changed. Right now the idea of being the “token” girl may seem appealing, but is that what we have been fighting for all these years? No, we have been fighting for equality and that means just as many guys as girls excelling and reaching their goals as pro riders in this sport.

Take Burton Snowboards for example – they have a lot of female riders and a lot of male riders – is that a bad thing for the women? No, it means that Burton now can support more women in the industry and have an apparel line geared for women that sells, because of their female athletes – so it is a win/win. But until women in skateboarding see this, we will still be operating under the same old idea of “being the only makes it better for me”. Same thing with Roxy & Quiksilver – it’s the same brand but with different names for men and women’s apparel & teams and they support a lot of rad women surfers – not just ONE.

Another example is; if there is only one woman surfing big waves consistently, for sure that’s a great story and gets attention, BUT if there are seven women charging Jaws or Mavericks, that can create a contest and prize money and more sponsorship opportunities.

Which is better?

Girl is NOT A 4 Letter Word.
Photo credit Ian Logan

6. Girl Is Not A 4 Letter Word is a popular female action-sport media site, and merchandise company.

With today’s rapidly changing outlook towards females, what are your goals for 2018?

Thank you for those nice compliments. I’d say we will be doing more of the same! Trying to keep up with the rapid growth in the skate industry with media pertaining to women. Encouraging and speaking to companies outside of skateboarding to jump in and sponsor these incredible female athletes. And as always creating our own content for our site and social media channels.

We also formed a small publishing company when we released our first book, IT’S NOT ABOUT PRETTY and have now published a second book titled CONCRETE GIRLS by UK based photographer, Charlotte Thomas, which will be released on June 29. We decided last year that we want to publish books that we didn’t see out there and Charlotte’s book fits that bill – it is the very first book ever published on the female UK skate scene and it’s pretty rad.

Skate RAT. Girl is Not a 4 Letter Word.
Photo credit Ian Logan
Inclusion Rider Article. Photo Ian Logan.
Photo credit Ian Logan

7. Do you have a geographic focal point for Girl Is Not A 4 Letter Word media and merchandise?

I think we lean towards women and young girls with our messaging but we have had men ask for our merchandise too, and we did a capsule collection for men in the past. Our brand is sold worldwide but we have teamed up with Diemen Distribution in Australia so we are growing rapidly in AU as well as the US right now.

The website gets traffic from all over the world because we try to include info and content about female skaters from everywhere, not just the USA.

8. As a fashion stylist you have worked with companies such as Gatorade and Nike, including celebrity athletes such as Maria Sharapova and Mia Hamm. What is fashion styling?

It’s about finding and executing a look for a client, athlete, model or brand for advertising, editorial, commercial and sometimes even red carpet looks. People sometimes mistakenly assume that the athletes in ads and commercials are wearing their own apparel – that isn’t really the case.

Everything is sourced by a stylist and racks and racks of apparel is brought in to find that perfect look that jumps off the screen. You need to be able to not only create a distinct look or vision but also learn what the client wants and work within that realm as well. It’s not just “shopping” for sure.

9. What made you want to skate down the 405 freeway in Los Angeles in 2012?

I hate driving that freeway – I’m always stuck in traffic and when I heard it would be closed for 48 hours while they repaired a bridge, I knew it was something I wanted to do. I mean, who gets a chance to skateboard down a freeway?

It was smoother than I thought it would be and I picked up some speed even on a slight grade, which was fun. Evading police and trying not to get arrested just added to the adventure!

GN4LW on 405 Freeway - Photo by Ian Logan.
Photo credit Ian Logan

10. Do you still skateboard, and can we look forward to more freeway-outlaw behaviour in the future?

Yep – I will always skateboard. Not necessarily in bowls and parks anymore but I’ll always be on my board in some aspect – strand, street, and freeways – wherever looks like fun.

11. Skateboarding is known for it’s rebellious underground culture.

Do you think the underground/street aspect of skateboarding will be affected now skateboarding is an Olympic sport?


No because you will still have skaters who don’t compete and like to skate backyard pools, ditches and even skateparks for fun. Very few people in the world compete at the elite level in skateboarding that these women and men do.

There is room for everyone. Not to mention a lot of pro female skaters compete at a high level AND skate anything and everything – so they do BOTH!

BE A REBEL. GN4LW
Photo credit Ian Logan

12. What is your worst injury outside of skateboarding?


I’d say getting too many stitches from bad cuts over the years – ranging from a rusty beach chair tearing open my leg to a cheese grater slicing off the top of my thumb. I’ve had a stick go into my foot pretty deeply and stepped on quite a few nails over the years.

13. The deck graphics for Girl Is Not a 4 Letter Word and It’s Not About Pretty are colourful and modern.

What do you focus on when designing your merchandise, and how do you hope to impact your consumers?

I really try to design what I like and am feeling at the moment. I work with a creative director at Dusters and he has input as well. But all in all I really trust my gut and have a vision usually about what I want to say and the look I am after.

That being said it does need to fall under the realm of the Dusters brand. On other boards in the Dusters x GN4LW line up we bring in artists that I want to work with and we all three work together to come up with a board that we think is rad and girls will gravitate towards.

There’s always THAT girl. You know the one. She has no fear. She could care less that she’s the ONLY girl skating with a pack of boys.
Photo credit Ian Logan

14. What positive advice would you give a female newcomer to a male-dominated sport?

Get out there and do what you love, you will find out that most guys are pretty cool and hopefully you’ll find some like minded females to hang with too.

If all else fails, crank up the music, put in your earbuds or headphones, have fun and block out the rest! YOU GOT THIS!

NITRO CIRCUS! YOU GOT THIS!

YOU GOT THIS! HELL YEAH! We couldn’t agree more…

In a world where authenticity is rare, Nitro Circus is the only action sports entertainment company that delivers the biggest and best, mind-blowing cross-platform entertainment for daredevils and risk taking wannabes in the spirit of fun, friendship and camaraderie.

We like that, a lot! Skateboards for Hope™ is super happy to partner with EVENKO and Nitro Circus to #spreadthestoke about this amazing show. The athleticism and professional stunts are amazing and we don’t get to see such talent pass through our city that often.

Heh kids, we do not encourage you to try these stunts at home. We hope you use your common sense. It would be great to learn more about how they practice these stunts… so we will report back to you soon with a surprise interview. Cross your fingers…

Nitro Circus YOU GOT THIS!

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Turning a New Leaf: FURN SUPPLY

Getting in touch with nature is a current theme that Skateboards For Hope explores and encourages. Playing outside and syncing with nature has so many health benefits whether it’s in the middle of a forest or in an urban skatepark surrounded by shrubs and skinny palm trees. It’s why partnering with FURN SUPPLY CO makes so much sense. Skateboards For Hope’s Founder, Betty Esperanza stated they are proud to echo core values not only in skateboarding, sports or fashion but mostly holistic and organic ways that will inspire future generations to be more environmentally conscious.

Skatepark in Havana, Cuba
“Protecting Mother Earth is vital and you all know how much we are crazy about recycling here at Skateboards For Hope.” “With the collaboration of FURN SUPPLY CO, VANS CANADA IN MONTREAL- SAINT CATHERINE’S STORE we are happy to announce that 40 pairs of shoes has been donated so that skaters in Cuba and Uganda can protect their feet and enjoy the whole skateboarding experience. Lots of the skaters don’t own proper shoes and are often seen skateboarding barefoot. “
GoFundMe Skateboards for Kids in Uganda
Why recycle skateboards? The deep commitment to spreading awareness about the importance of recycling and empowering youth stemmed from the first act of kindness to skaters in Havana when Godmother and Founder, Betty Esperanza, gifted her skateboard to a young Cuban boy who ended up becoming a formidable skater in Cuba. Several times a year, she transported used skateboards and gear to the island. This became the mission and obsession to give gently used equipment a second chance. This 2nd chance also was a metaphor for the lives of the youth which grew into a movement worldwide.

Skateboards For Hope flourished into an organization that empowered youth to become leaders in their communities as well as spearheaded projects to break the cycle of poverty using skateboarding as a tool. Many entrepreneurial projects sprouted creating social and economical sustainability for young men and women in the poorest regions.

No matter where you are located geographically, skateboarders have no borders. Seen in photo below: Yojany Perez, of Cuba shreds the roof in his hometown of Buena Vista.

Yojany Perez shredding the roof in Havana, Cuba
Jessy Jean Bart jumps off the roof in Chateauguay, Quebec demonstrating athleticism and sheer flying skills. He wears his Instagram name well: @leblacksparrow
Jessy Jean Bart shredding the roof in Quebec
FURN SUPPLY CO. ‘s mission statement is simply profound.

fern-weh, orig. German (n.)*

An ache for distant places; the craving for travel* The fern leaf is our sacred seal symbolizing our secret bond to those who long to explore distant places, and our sincere desire to serve humanity.

Furn Supply Co

So if you have an ache for adventure or to do something that will empower others as well as ignite the spark within you. Look no further than your local community projects, shops and neighbourhoods.

It takes vision and boldness to empower communities with knowledge, healing and good vibes. Thanks to people like Jessy Jean Bart for his support to bring joy to kids using skateboarding and hope for a healthy lifestyle. You can learn more about Jessy on instagram: Click on the highlighted link.

VISIT US OFTEN: We like that !!

queer / trans / non-binary friends / marginal skateboarders / unity

This month, Skateboards for Hope is proud to spotlight the Marginal Skateboarders group. Marginal Skateboarders is an inclusive skateboarding community where everyone’s uniqueness is recognized and celebrated. They accomplish this by focusing on what unites us ; our love and passion for skateboarding, independent of ethnicity, age, gender, queerness or orientation.

Marginal Skateboarder’s two founding members, Paige Kramer Rochefort and Bil Gagné, generously shared their time and progressive views on skateboarding, for the Skateboards For Hope blog.

Marginal Skateboarders is an all inclusive skate movement on Facebook and Instagram whose mission is to encourage and support marginal issues within skateboarding, including transgenderism, homosexuality and other under-represented fringe issues.

Paige Kramer Rochefort lives in the the province of Québec, Canada. She has been skating on and off for 32 years, and is the first transgender woman to win a bronze medal at the Pan-Am games.

Paige is also the first transgender woman to win a place on the podium at the Skateboarding World Cup.

Bil Gagné is an enthusiastic novice skater and primary school teacher (province of Québec, Canada). She learnt to skateboard in 2017, and shares her skateboarding progress through Instagram. Bil supports an extra-curricular skateboarding program within her school. For more information: marginalskateboarders@gmail.com

Paige Kramer-Transgender Skateboarder

When did you start skateboarding?

Paige: I get asked this a lot and never know how to answer.

It was 32 years ago…From the age of 10 to 15, then for about 2 summers in my late twenties. I stopped for 15 years before starting again in 2015 at the age of forty.

This was three years after I began my physical transition from my assigned male gender to female. It is important to note the word ‘physically’, as transwoman are psychologically female at birth.

Who or what inspired you to start?

Paige: I don’t remember why I originally started at a younger age, but I started skateboarding again after asking a stranger if I could try his board. I was instantly hooked again and felt compelled to live the experience this time around as my true self.

At a much younger age (pre-transition), I didn’t identify with any of the male riders or crews – so I almost always skateboarded alone and gave up because of it.

Skateboarding may be an independent activity but it still requires support and a sense of belonging within a like minded group for the majority of people. You are both members of the Les Vagabonnes which is an all-girl skate movement in

Montreal.


Can you tell us more about this group?

Paige: The founder Frédérique Luyet started the group in 2013 along with the cofounders Ellyn Badens, Camille Goulet and Chloë Morin the first members of the all female group. I heard of Les Vagabonnes through an article in the Metro newspaper.

I met up with them during the free women’s skate nights at the LE TAZ Skatepark. I was in awe. They were all very inspirational and welcoming. At first (even though I benefited from my *cis-passing privilege) I was always terrified that they would find out I had been through a transition and that they would kick me out of the group because of it.

But the group quickly gained my trust and I slowly opened up to them about being a transwoman. It really didn’t matter to them, they saw me for the woman skateboarder I was. I had finally found a sense of belonging in the skateboarding community and made some truly amazing friends.

I became one of the core members of Les Vagabonnes by participating in as many events that I could with them, I redesigned the logo, and produced some of the Vagabonnes free merchandise.

Bil: A friend of mine told me about the Vagabonnes.

Similar to Paige, I found a group where I felt welcomed, and had a sense of community.

If it wasn’t for them, I think I would not have continued skateboarding and have evolved in the sport. They are my support. I always feel safe and encouraged skateboarding with them.

Why did you feel the need to join an all-girl skate group?
Paige: I wanted to make new female friends that shared the same passion. It is also very important for me to have a female-identified ‘safe’ space.

Marginal Skateboards

What is Marginal Skateboarders? How did this idea evolve?

Paige: The Vagabonnes was originally all inclusive, but it became an all female group unintentionally.

I felt there was a need to create a new group with the help of Bil Gagné, that united everyone aside from gender identity.

A group that recognizes authenticity and uniqueness for those who often find themselves marginalized in the skateboarding community and industry. The blacksheep of skateboarding.

What do you hope Marginal Skateboards will accomplish in 2018?

Paige: Unity.

Paige, how do you feel about being a transgender woman in your sport?

Paige: Observed…ha.

How was it to be the first trangender woman to win a place on the podium at the
World Cup skateboarding competition 2016?

Paige: I have to thank the Jackalope for being a bit if a trailblazer in that matter. Winning was really unexpected. All I was aiming for was for trans people to have some visibility at an event like that.

It may not have been 1st place but it is of major importance for all trans-identified people, and had a very positive impact in the Montréal trans-community.

There was some controversy from some *cisgender individuals who thought I was at an unfair advantage.

Transphobia and sexism is often caused by ignorance and fear. These people clearly didn’t do any scientific research on the impacts that years of hormone therapy has on transwoman, especially at my age.

(*cisgender: adjective. Denoting or relating to a person whose sense of personal identity and gender corresponds with their birth sex.)

How was your experience winning bronze medal as the first transgender woman to represent Canada at the Pan-American skateboarding competition in

2017?

Paige: Surreal. I cried on the podium and it felt great.

I can’t thank Annie Guglia enough for giving me her place at the competition and that opportunity.

When I came home I asked myself, why wasn’t I hearing about other trans-peoples’ skateboard achievements? I couldn’t be the only one?

So recently I posted a ‘shout out’ video clip on Instagram to let others know that they are not alone. The feed back was touching.

Bil, how and where do you teach skateboarding in school?

Bil: When I started skateboarding, my self esteem grew rapidly.

I also understood that you need to be focused and perseverant to become better, but the feeling of landing a trick for the first time is worth all the effort.

Then I thought: Hey, it would be so great if I could share that feeling with the kids I’m teaching!

It took me 2 months to build the project, I was amazed how fast it become real. The approval from the school board was an important step; they found the project innovative and refreshing. So, since January 2018, I’ve been teaching beginner kids once a week in a safe environment with small obstacles like quarter pipes and rails.

Two schools in Sherbrooke and Québec have included skateboarding in their sport studies programs.

Do you believe skateboarding should be more available in school curriculums?

Bil: I’m pretty sure it should be!

There are so many values in common such as perseverance, heightened self esteem, effort, mutual aid and many more.

Skateboarding is still viewed as a marginal sport (he-he!) but people need to know all the good it can bring to kids! and older people like me (ha-ha!).

I’ve seen kids who were so shy that they couldn’t look me in the eyes at the first course, but now they are always talking about tricks they’ve done and how impatient they are to go skate outside. They are radiating happiness, it’s so beautiful to see.

What was your worst injury outside of skateboarding?

Paige: A broken heart.
Bil: As an ex contemporary dancer, I broke many things.

My knees (which still hurt to this day) are the worst injury.

Which skaters do you admire, and why?

Paige: I admire every original and creative skater doing their own thing and just being themselves.

Andy Anderson, Una Farrar, Camille Goulet to name just three off the top of my head.

Bil: So many!
My favourite skateboarder is Lacey Baker. She’s out of boundaries, she reminds me that you can be very different and still be awesome.

There are also many skateboarders that I love watching like Paige Krämer and Camille Goulet. (Paige: Aaww. <3)

How do you think groups like Marginal Skateboards affect skateboarding culture?

Paige: I think it unites people and reminds everyone of the essence and the reason we all began skateboarding…

It’s a form of expression and it’s fun.

How do you feel about the use of sexual femininity to advance a career within this sport?

Paige: I am a feminist so I strongly believe that a person should have the freedom and the right to choose that if they want.

If our display of femininity (whatever a person thinks it to be) is misunderstood by the public as sexuality it will have a negative impact though.

An example of negative results would be objectifying girls by displaying them in bikinis at events or on products, to sell unrelated products.

Have you ever been a victim of pay inequity at a skateboard competition?

Paige: Yes, but recently event organizers have been adjusting this issue.

How can female skateboarders move towards pay equity?

Paige: By supporting each other, the companies and the events that have female riders. Facebook and Instagram ‘likes’ are important but making informed purchases weigh in greatly.

If we like it or not, skateboarding is also a business.

As founders of Marginal Skateboarders, do you

hope marginal issues will become mainstream within skateboarding?

Paige: Sadly there will always be people left in the margins, no matter.

If people we consider marginalized today eventually get recognition for their talents and finally benefit from it, then we are evolving as people, which is great!

Which new causes do you think Marginal Skateboarders will identify with in the future?

Paige: Groups are often created from personal experiences and the instinctual human need to bring together others that share a similar one.

Be it an injustice, life goals, similar values, an identity, a passion or an activity.

Thank you for being a trailblazer. See you in the park!

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Face to Face Connections BLOCK PARTY

Join us today el Cinco de Mayo ( May 5th for the foreigners) to share the joy of skateboarding in a family-friendly atmosphere in partnership with THE GENERATOR PROJECT .

WHERE? P45 which is behind LE TAZ SKATEPARK located at 8931 Avenue Papineau, Montreal, H2M 0A5

TIME? 1PM TO 3PM

DO I HAVE TO BRING SOMETHING? Bring your own lunch, skateboard and best smile!

DOES IT COST $ ? NOOOOO> THIS EVENT IS FREE.

VIRTUAL DJ: AMPME FOR MUSIC. DOWNLOAD FREE APP: https://www.ampme.com

FOR INFO: Contact Betty at (514) 591-8256
FACEBOOK EVENT PAGE: https://www.facebook.com/events/988293894669744/?active_tab=about

One of the great things about the skateboarding community is that no matter who you are and at what level you may be, getting together to share the joy of skateboarding is always fun and empowering.

You are all invited to spread the joy of skateboarding while you meet face-to-face in a skatepark, backyard, driveway or back alley.

We are committed to spreading the message of The Generator Project that the importance of face-to-face conversations make the world a happier and healthier place by reminding people about the importance of face to face social connection and inspiring them to take action and get connected. This is a key component to good mental health.

Invite your friends, neighbours, family and the people you do not know yet to a sk8 block party near you or create your own. REGISTER IT ONLINE: https://generatorproject.org/

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Happy Skatemas!

THANK YOU FOR ALL THE LOVE AND SUPPORT DURING THE PAST YEAR!

We wish you the most wonderful time during the holidays no matter what you celebrate.

WE ARE OFFERING YOU A SPECIAL RATE TO BUY OUR SKATEBOARDS FOR HOPE – HEADSTER CAP AND T-SHIRT. 100% OF PROFITS FUND SKATEBOARDING PROJECTS.

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During this holiday season we encourage you to go skateboarding and help a young skater gain confidence at your local skatepark. You will impact a child’s life with a simple act of kindness.
We are still collecting skateboards all year long and we are excited to announce that we have partnered with Le TAZ Skatepark as a drop off centre. You can leave your donations of skateboards, decks, wheels and trucks with a TAZ employee in the name of SkateboardsFor Hope.

Please take a photo of your donation and leave your name and email or social media so we can thank you!

HAVE YOU BEEN NAUGHTY OR NICE ?
Our Ambassadors had a very busy year sharing the joy of skateboarding whether it was at local events or in schools or at skateparks. They have inspired many with their positive outlook and badass skate styles.

We will be featuring skateboarders old, young, professional or amateur all year. So expect more awesome news and amazing projects. You are welcome to volunteer and become part of the growing Skateboards For Hope family.

SPECIAL THANKS AND MENTIONS TO OUR AMAZING SKATEBOARDS FOR HOPE SUPPORTERS :

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International Skateboarding Star Ivan Federico

Mae-Rose McAuliffe is Skateboards For Hope blogger at only 16 years old interviewing the hotshots of skateboarding worldwide. Watch for her blog posts here and don’t forget to share her posts so more people can learn the joy of skateboarding and discover the skateboarding community.

Skateboards For Hope had the privilege this week of a fun, interesting exchange with park, bowl and vert skateboard rider, Ivan Federico.

At the young age of 18 years of age, Ivan (Italian) has already dominated the global park-skate scene for many years. At the end of the 2017 competition season, he ranked 5th in the world for park.

Ivan’s easy-going competition manner, and explosive, skilled skate-runs (seen in eye-catching bright shirts!) caught the attention of the skate world during the Vans Park Series (Australia, Brazil, Sweden, Canada, U.S.A., China), the Australian Bowl-riding Championships, and the X- Games (U.S.A.).

Ivan, who travels extensively during competition season, caught up with Skateboards for Hope™ this week as he arrived home in Italy, after an off-season time skate-“chilling” in Marseille, France and London, U.K.

Many thanks to Ivan for so generously offering Skateboards For Hope his time and thoughts.

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Vans Park Series, Malmo, Sweden. Photographer: Chris Johnson

SFH: You have been a skateboarder since you were 3 years old. What do you remember liking about skateboarding when you were so young?

Ivan: I only remember that I liked it a lot. It was fun.

SFH: You come from Caluso, a small town in Italy which originally had no skateboarding facilities. To support your needs and those of the community, your parents built two ramps for public use (10 ft. and 13 ft. high).

How often do you use the ramps when you are home, and have the ramps strengthened the Caluso skateboarding community?

Ivan: Yes, a little bit. Some guys started skating.

Also people that live far from here came to skate. It’s cool.

FS air nosebone through the elbow, GoPro Beach Bowl 2016 (day 5). Photographer: Dean Tirkot

SFH: You often show appreciation to your family for them having supported your skateboarding pursuits.

Does your family skateboard?

What role does family play in your sport now you are 18?

Ivan: No, my parents don’t skate but they love to watch it, haha!

Their support is very important for me. But I also travel alone with my friends.

SFH: How many months a year can you skate outside in Caluso?

In winter do you travel to indoor skateparks, or do you take a break from skateboarding?

Ivan: Yeah I travel a lot. When I arrive home I like to stay chilling with my friends, drawing. In winter, snowboarding.

We don’t have an indoor skatepark, and when it’s very cold outside I go snowboarding. I love that.

Hong Kong. Photographer: @wzahk

SFH: What elements do you enjoy about skating contests, and what elements do you enjoy about skating at home?

Ivan: In the contest, skating is adrenalin, people, friends to meet. It’s funny.

When I’m at home I skate most of the time alone so I have time to focus on, and learn or try new tricks, haha!

SFH: Given that Italy has an underdeveloped skateboarding infrastructure, has it been difficult for you to find the sponsorship and support you need to achieve the life of an international skater?

Ivan: Absolutely yes. It’s for that my family was very important. We have tried to optimize available ressources.

Training on the spine, Bardonecchia, Italy.

Photographer: @fabrizio.actis

SFH: Where do you see yourself 5 years from now?

Ivan: For sure up on a skateboard.

I love California, probably there. Or simply travelling around the world, like now.

SFH: What was your worst injury outside of skateboarding?

Ivan: Nothing, fortunately.

SFH: Here in Québec, Canada, two high-schools include a skate-studies program to encourage academic perseverence. Successful students practice two hours of high level skateboarding during school each day.

If such a program had existed when you were in school, how would it have affected your life?

Ivan: Dream on! Probably I (would) have more appreciate school.

I think in education it’s important to have people with open minds and have (the) possibility to express yourself in the way you want.

Sosh Freestyle Cup, Marseille, France 2016.

SFH: During the winter, you are fortunate that you can snowboard in the Alps.

Have you ever tried snowskating?

(If so, do you like it, and how does it compare to skateboarding?)

Ivan: No I never try… I think I try for sure this winter!

SFH: You have been in the skateboard scene since you were 3 years old. Has the girl skate scene hit Italy yet?

How do you feel about the recent global girl skate evolution?

Ivan: Yes there was girls, not too many.

I know some girls here in Italy, but the girl scene doesn’t grow like in other countries. There are girls at a high level that are very consistent. It’s a pleasure to watch (their) skating.

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Exclusive Interview with Quebec Skateboarders

I had the fun opportunity to meet and interview two talented, well-respected skaters from the province of Quebec, Canada, last week; Jessy Jean Bart and JS Lapierre.

Jessy and JS are seasoned skaters and close friends who skate regularly together, practise vegan lifestyles and yoga and who freely share their philosophical and spiritual findings on social media (some very interesting Instagram stories!)

Jessy and JS had both finished competing in the prestigious amateur Am Getting Paid 2017 contest in Montreal the day before I met them. JS Lapierre had won second place.

Jessy was preparing to fly from Montreal to Las Vegas, for his annual six month winter skate-season.

(Interview conducted in French, and translated to English for the global social media community.)

1. What motivated you to start skating?

Jessy: When I was a kid I used to watch Ninja Turtles and The Simpsons. The Turtles and Bart Simpson both had skateboards. Those were my first introductions to skateboarding. My uncle used to skate, and I begged him to give me his skateboard, and when he did, that’s when it started.

JS: When I was young my best friend had a ramp that his parents built him in his backyard. I used to borrow his brother’s skateboard to skate the ramp. As soon as I started skating I loved it! I couldn’t go a day without skateboarding. It’s been pretty much my life since then.

2. What motivates you to keep skating?

Jessy: The experiences, the people you meet. The fact that it brings us back to the present moment. The lifestyle is what motivates me to keep skating. The adrenaline rushes also, I like going fast! (laughs)

JS: I was going to say the same thing. I also enjoy the fact that skating allows you to travel. Your life is never routine. Even if you skate in the same city everyday, there’s always something new that’s going to happen. You really go out of your comfort zone when you skate, and you can never predict what’s going to happen next. Skateboarding is different in that way, and that’s what motivates me to carry on.

Photography by Blacksmith Pat

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3. Worst injury outside of skateboarding?

Jessy: When I was younger, my friend and I were throwing a basketball and hitting it with an aluminium baseball bat to make it go as far as possible in my backyard. My friend did it before me, and the ball flew relatively far. I wanted the ball to go further than he did, so I hit it with the baseball bat so hard that the bat bounced back and hit me in the face, right above my eye. I fell to the ground and went directly to the hospital. The doctors told me that I could’ve died if I’d hit my temple, which was 1 cm away from the place I’d hit with the bat. And if I’d hit my eye, I would’ve been blinded. JS: When I was a baby, I burnt my hand pretty bad. I saw my family sitting around a fire and warming their hands around it. I was too young to understand that fire could burn. I put my hand in the fire and burnt myself.

4. One thing you did on your bucket list, and one thing you haven’t done yet.

JS: One thing I wanted to do on my bucket list was do a parachute jump. I did it with my mum. That was super cool and really scary! — One thing I didn’t do yet is go to Central America.

Jessy: One thing on my bucket list that I haven’t done yet is conquer my fear of heights, I don’t like being on high things, especially if they are unstable. And also to stop being claustrophobic. —One thing I’ve done on my bucket list is having my picture in a skate magazine for the first time. It was in Expose Magazine. My picture was doing a backside heelflip in Miami. The funny part is I landed it, and then about 7 metres after rolling away, I fell. (laughs)

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5. If you had never skated, what would you have done with your life?

JS: I consider myself extremely lucky to have started skating because I come from a very small village of 400 residents, between Montreal and Sherbrooke. There are only farms there. Skateboarding has bought me so many life experiences. It changed the person I am so much that it’s almost impossible to imagine what I would have done without it. Skateboarding has helped me to figure out what I enjoy in life, such as nutrition and healthy lifestyle habits. I don’t know if I would’ve been the same if I didn’t skate and I had carried on living in Notre-Dame de Stanbridge.

Jessy: Before I started skating I wanted to be a kung-fu master, have my own school, and go in temples, just like in the movies. I had that idea in my mind of being free-spirited and travelling. I had no idea I was going to start skateboarding at that time.

6. Who is your biggest inspiration?

Jessy: My mom. She let me grow up quite independently compared to most kids. Of course there were restrictions about certain things, but she never limited me. Growing up, I was one of the only kids who was allowed to go play outside until 8 or 9 o’clock in the evening after I’d had finished my homework. She taught me a lot about life.

JS: A lot of people inspire me, I couldn’t name just one. One person that comes to mind is Andrew Reynolds. I think he redefines skateboarding in a way where you don’t need to be trash, or be out partying all the time, like most skaters are. Andrew makes sure that his skating is at the best level possible, that he eats well, and doesn’t party. People like him really inspire me because it helps me to see what aspects about myself I can improve.

Photography by Blacksmith Pat

Photo by @blacksmithpat

7. Two schools in Quebec and Sherbrooke are integrating skate-studies into their sport-studies programs. Would this have helped you when you were in school? Do you see any negative sides to skate-studies?

Jessy: If it was in school, maybe I would’ve never started skating. I think it would’ve depended on the people who were around me. If they were doing other sports maybe I would’ve never started skateboarding. But yes, if skate-studies was offered to me when I was in school I think it would’ve helped me. I don’t see any negative sides to skate-studies, I think it’s great. Some kids don’t know their potential until they try, it can help some of them to see that skateboarding is fun and helps develop a new talent.

JS: I think skate-studies would have helped me enormously. I’m a person who likes to be free, and school limited me in that way. I hated that period of my life. I see the kids in Sherbrooke who do skate-studies in the morning before classes, and I think it’s amazing. I believe that if you can do physical activity before sitting down in class and studying, it can make it much easier to learn and get through school. It also helps to improve your skating. I would’ve loved skate-studies to exist when I was younger.

8. What do you think about skateboarding as an Olympic sport?

JS: I think it would be a good thing. If by being in the Olympics, skateboarding could be more accessible to a larger community, that would be great. If more people can discover skateboarding and all the amazing things it has to offer, it can only be positive. Of course, some skaters believe that skateboarding should stay more ‘core’ and not become mainstream, but at the same time it’s the evolution of the sport.

Jessy: I agree. I will add that if skateboarding is in the Olympics, parents will probably be more open about their kids taking up the sport. They will see that there is a possibility to go somewhere with the sport.

9. You both do yoga. Does it improve your skating?

JS: It doesn’t help drastically, but it sure helps a little. I’ve a few minor injuries that I’m trying to help and I think incorporating yoga into my routine will help. I also have exercises I do before and after skating that help me a lot. Nutrition also plays a large role. I started reading books about triathlon; what you should consume before, during and after a workout. I started eating the foods they recommend. It really helps to be less tired after an intense session. Jessy: Yoga is good to prevent injuries. If you practice it often your body will be more supple, preventing more injuries.

Photography by Blacksmith Pat

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10. How long have you been friends?

Jessy: Quite a long time. The first time I met him was when he first got on Deathwish, I actually wasn’t on it yet. That was at least 10 years ago. After that we were with the same companies so we went on trips together. We became closer in the past couple of years.

JS: We lived together about 9 months ago. That really brought us closer together. We have the same interests in life. We both don’t drink, and we’re both vegans, we also do yoga. We go up the Mont-Royal and skate back down every morning. That’s a good workout (laughs).

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KIDCON vous attends!

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Skateboards For Hope™ est fier de participer à KidCon qui aura lieu les 21 et 22 octobre au Stade Uniprix, à Montréal! C’est est un événement unique, de type convention, qui s’adresse aux enfants de 3 à 12 ans et à leur famille. KidCon met en vedette des jeux, jouets, livres, activités d’artisanat, jeux vidéo, émissions de télévision, films, costumes, technologie et plusieurs autres thématiques pour les jeunes et les familles. Skateboards For Hope™ est un organisme qui recycle, réutilise et révolutionne les planches à roulettes pour aider les jeunes et la communauté sera aussi sur place pour vous montrer les talents de ses ambassadeurs et pour récupérer vos vieilles planches. Pour plus d’informations, visitez le : www.kidconmtl.com

C’est un rendez-vous!

Skateboards For Hope™ is proud to participate in KidCon on October 21-22 at the Uniprix Stadium in Montreal! It is a unique event, convention-type, aimed at children from 3 to 12 years old and their families.

KidCon features games, toys, books, craft activities, video games, television shows, movies, costumes, technology and several other thematic areas for youth and families.

Skateboards For Hope™ is an organization that recycles, reuses and revolutionizes skateboards to empower children and the community. They will also be on hand to show you the talents of its ambassadors and to collect your used skateboards.

For more information, visit: www.kidconmtl.com

UnderPressure, UnderDogs & Skateboards For Hope

The UnderPressure Graffiti festivities will start Wednesday August 9th and further continue until Sunday August 13th 2017. During the weekend, Saint-Catherine Est Street will be closed between Saint-Dominique and Saint-Elisabeth. All in all, over a hundred local, national and international artists will take part in the event. In the agenda, graffiti murals production on about ten different walls, musical performances, urban dancing competition, exhibitions, conferences, kids activities and guided visits, skateboarding and so much more.

Skateboards For Hope is going to have a tent near the Skateboard ramps. Artist and skateboarder, Adida Fallen Angel will paint decks live. Drop off your used skateboards,

wheels, trucks, shoes, pads, gear at the tent on Saturday and Sunday. August 12 & 13.

INFO: info@skateboardsforhope.com

Betty Esperanza met Sterling Downey, Founder of UnderPressure when she asked him to guest host on the Arts & Culture Show that she directed. It was her first show and it launched her weekly show for several months. If you get the chance to meet Sterling, his mission has impregnated the community with profound values and acceptance of art, graffiti, skateboarding and community action.

Pretty proud to be part of the UnderPressure family. Thanks Sterling for all your years of positive action!

Half our size, twice the lesson : skater kids teach us essence of the sport

This past Saturday, I had the chance to spend the day with Betty Esperanza, founder of Skateboards For Hope. We were all in St-Colomban, alongside many families.

“What ? Where is St-Colomban ? “ you might ask.

Well, the only important thing you need to know is that in this small town, a dedicated dad , Christian Lefebvre, brought to life a mini ramp in his backyard, as well as a skatepark in his basement. I swear, there is literally a skatepark in the basement ! It’s so crazy ! His two sons and their friends have the privilege of making the most out of it all year round. Even the mother, Jacinthe, began skateboarding.. #skateeverydamnday

READ MORE ABOUT THE EPIC SK8 BBQ POOL PARTY AND SKATEBOARDS FOR HOPE KIDS HERE: http://jackalopefest.ca/skateboards-for-hope/

Miss Northern Uganda Can Skateboard

Let’s imagine a pageantry that supports equality and freedom of choice for all especially women. Let’s imagine a game of skate between new skateboarders who are actually competing for the title of Miss Northern Uganda and let’s just say that we think they all deserve to be crowned MNU for their eagerness to learn the joys of skateboarding.

Yes, it happened here in Gulu, Uganda with the Skateboards For Hope Ambassador, Magada Collins and his crew who gave a lesson to the ladies. Two tourists also lent a hand at trying to show the girls the basics.

Skateboarding is for everyone. It’s inclusive, empowers confidence, respect, and challenges you to surpass your limits. It’s really a great way to learn about yourself. Judging by the smiles, it looks like everyone enjoyed their experience. We hope to see more girls and ladies try out skateboarding.

Good luck ladies for your pageant and we wish you all lots of success in everything you choose to do.

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Girls Roll Into JM Court

I remember the first time I visited JM Court. It was on a Monday and I realized too late that Le Taz was closed. A friend of mine told me to just take the 45 South from there, and find JM Court. Luckily I had enough data on my phone to locate the indoor skate park on the corner of Bordeaux and Marie-Anne. It was tucked away in a corner of the property of L’École Secondaire Jeanne-Mance partially hidden from the street with fences, some shrubs and a parking lot. If it wasn’t for the huge white signs, I wouldn’t have been able to spot it right away.

It's right here!
The door to a hidden skate sanctuary.

I remember feeling a bit exposed being the only girl to walk through that metal door that day with my skateboard tucked under my arm, but I was met by a friendly worker who was managing that afternoon. I felt a sense of relief when I ran into a fellow skater by the name of Jean-Yves whom I had already met at a session at Le Taz. He reassured me that things will start to quiet down and that I will have a chance to skate. I was later joined by a few friends and the feeling of exposure and shyness started to fade.

April 1st, 2017 was the start of a series of All-Girl skate sessions made possible by the collaborative efforts of Geneviève Dubois, the coordinator of CADOS Événement Jeunesse (Instagram @cados.evenement.jeunesse), Jean-Yves Ginchereau from JM Court (that same awesome guy from earlier), Sonia Duschesneau from Le Centre Beau Voyage, and Annie Guglia. There were also two other sessions that took place on April 15th and May 13th. In preparation for the huge outdoor event organized by youth for the youth that was known as CADOS Événement Jeunesse, Geneviève hoped to encourage more girls to participate in the skateboarding domain. It was on May 26th, I proudly donned my Vagabonnes t-shirt and attended the outdoor CADOS event with a few other girls from our crew, Les Vagabonnes, to help support and encourage the girls who participated. It was a delight to see a couple of familiar faces from the sessions prior to the major event.

Hold up! Let me take you back to April 1st, the day when some new skate stories started to take shape. Girls of various ages and backgrounds came to skate with us – some for the first time and others who had been skating for a while. Every person there brought a positive and a non-judgemental attitude, which provided just the right conditions for a beginner to start learning one of the most important things in life – skateboarding. Just kidding! I really meant confidence.

I felt humbled to be alongside my peers offering my hands to another girl (when I wasn’t taking photos) and helping her find her balance on a skateboard for the first time. It didn’t take long for her to start rolling on her own. Eventually, every baby bird learned to fly.

Sometimes it took some constructive criticism, words of encouragement, and example to show the young girls that they too had hidden potential. With hard work, determination and commitment, they too could soar like the women who were once like them.

It took patience and time to develop your skills as a skater. They said the bulk of skateboarding was learning to conquer the mind. Some things could be difficult to tackle alone. We all had our limitations, and skateboarding helped us challenge those limits. There may be times in a person’s life where they might need someone to kick them in the butt to spur them into taking action. A lot of the time we would hesitate, we would bail, or we would just flat out avoid things – even with skateboarding tricks! What you could gain from an awesome skate community would be what you pay into it. If you couldn’t find that supportive homie, then you could become that supportive homie.

In a response to my e-mail long after all the events had ended with success, Annie Guglia said, “My goal with that [was] as simple as to have as many girls as possible on skateboards. A lot of girls [wanted] to start skating, but they [were] too afraid to go to a skate park by themselves, or even with friends that already skate. They just [didn’t] wanna fall and look ridiculous. So I started organizing free skateboard initiation for girls, and it [was] working out really well!” Her initiative helped inspire others to join in the movement to lead girls from out of the shadows and help them pursue their hidden passion for skateboarding.

I laughed to myself when she mentioned the first time we met, which was also the first time I started skating.

“[You were] a really good example of why I started organizing girls skate events! I [remembered] the first All Gurlz Sk8 D8, you came and were really shy. You sat super far from the park and I had to go get you and then you started skating and made friends, and look at you now! You just loved skateboarding, and I think [that was] what [pushed] me to organize more stuff like that.”

It was true, I fell in love with skateboarding. Some of my best memories had skateboards and people involved. We did make some good memories and learned new things during those evenings together at JM Court.

It took an experience like the All Gurlz Sk8 D8 that happened last summer to inspire me to join Les Vagabonnes and to start welcoming other girls into our crew. I was hoping through example that the other new comers would start reaching out to other female skaters they came across in their skate lives. It was how I started to believe in the importance of community, and how I signed on with Skateboards for Hope™. I didn’t want to limit myself to just one demographic. I want to connect and encourage as many people as possible in hopes that they too can find what they need to grow personally through skateboarding. After all, skateboarding existed for everyone if they wanted to try it and no girl (or anyone) should ever get left behind.

High School Students Paint Decks For Youth Around The World

It was overcast and lightly raining that May 5th afternoon. I jogged from the bus stop towards the steps of Rosemount High School. It seemed like only yesterday when Betty and I had trekked through crisp powdery snow, but signs of Spring had erased every trace of that long winter. The front door was welcoming, students in uniform sat on the steps just chatting, and I was greeted by many hand made signs showing me the way to the gallery upstairs.

The signs led me past another door, to a corridor filled with blue metal lockers, and then to another set of doors. Once I had pushed past the last set of doors, I was awestruck by the easels holding up paintings set up in a circular fashion. I had almost lost myself in art when I had spotted a table of crafts and a snack table managed by the students. I followed the sound of ambient and hip music into the adjacent room. I scanned the walls and tables not knowing where to begin, when suddenly a display of skateboard decks had caught my eye.

With my mouth agape at the vibrant and bold colors of the decks, I stared for a moment trying to process the emotions and thoughts flowing to my mind. I snapped back to reality when I was approached by Sabrina Bejba the grade 9 art teacher who lead this Fresh Paint inspired art project. She informed me that her students were so motivated to complete this project, they even spent time outside of class time to work on their individual boards. On the far wall of the room was a projection screen, and on it was a presentation of pictures illustrating each step of the way since February. I saw pictures of students using machinery at the shop in the vocational section of the building. They donned masks as they sanded off the original surface of the decks to prepare them for painting. There were also slides of the students working on them inside the art room.

I took my time to look at each individual board. I noticed that it wasn’t just the painting and decoration of each board that set them apart, but the messages the students incorporated into their work. It was personalized, like a letter written to a pen pal across distance, with messages of hope and inspiration.

On behalf of Skateboards For Hope, the skateboarding community, and the future skaters of tomorrow, I would like to extend special thanks to the grade 9 art class for their time, creativity, care and energy they had put into this project. They were the first group of students to participate in this unique experience and two more high schools in New York and California were inspired by Rosemount High School’s initiative also plan on exhibiting this summer. Thank you for your wonderful example.

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Fresh Hope! A Skate Deck Exhibition.

40 Artists. 40 Decks. One Great Cause. * December 8th – Janurary 15th 2017 Fresh Paint Gallery: 209 Saint Catherine East, Montreal, Quebec, 82X 1L2 Metro: St-Laurent or Berri. Free Entry. Artists Participating: Adida Fallen Angel, Andy Dass, Arnold, Axe, Beaf, Borrrris, Carolina Espinosa, Cgo, Chris Dyer, Emmanuel Laflamme, Eskro, Fléo, Fletcher, Flavour, Futur Lasor Now, Germdee, Gribouilliz, Haks 180, HeR, HoarKor, I Am Batman (Jessie Kravitz), i.mag.e, Kwun, Loopkin, LSNR, MALICIOUZ, Marc Sirus, Marie-Philippe, Mateo, Le Monstr, Naïmo, Nemo, Oram, Paulie, Regimental Oneton, Roc 514, SBU One, Scribe, Susan Shulman, Startkey, TRAKTEUR, TurtleCaps, Valerie Bastille. Music by the great Construct & Overflow. Beverages and finger food. Concept: 40 artists were chosen to create powerful art on used skateboard decks that will be donated to underprivileged children around the world with the help of the Skateboards for Hope organisation. In this exhibition Fresh Paint decided to team up with Skateboards for Hope, an organization which works effortlessly on bringing the joy of skateboarding to kids around the world who are less fortunate. Since SFH does very well in collecting, connecting and delivering the skateboards, Fresh Paint decided that the least they can do to help is to give the skateboard a fantastic fresh new look. Each deck will be repainted in a unique style by different artists from the Fresh Paint ever expanding loving family. All decks will be displayed in a powerful exhibition, which once over, SFH will personally deliver the decks to the wonderful children. Information about Skateboards For Hope: SFH is an organization that collects used skateboards and finds a new home for upcoming young skaters from different places around the world who are less fortunate and cannot afford to purchase their own gear or in countries where there are no skateboards. FP decided to help SFH by not just giving the decks a fresh new look but also exhibiting, promoting and shining some light on this wonderful cause. Each deck will be assigned to a selected artist who will give the deck their own special touch, the decks will then be displayed at the gallery and once the exhibition is over the skateboards will travel to their new owners, giving them and us a fresh new hope for sharing, connecting and enjoying the art of skateboarding and community. Links: Fresh Paint Gallery Site: www.freshpaintgallery.ca/ Fresh Paint Gallery FB: www.facebook.com/freshpaintmtl/ Fresh Paint Instagram: www.instagram.com/freshpaintgallery/ SkateBoards For Hope site: www.skateboardsforhope.com/ Skateboards For Hope FB: www.facebook.com/SkateboardsForHope SFH Instagram: www.instagram.com/skateboardsforhope/ HashTages: #yofreshpaint #freshhopemtl #freshhopeexpo#skateboardsforhope #freshpaintgallery

Fresh Hope Inspires Young Students

Last February 13th, 2017, the frosty white snow lay untouched across the property aside from the paths cleared towards the inviting front doors of Rosemount High School. Our boots crunched against the snow as Betty Esperanza and I approached the building with our breaths hanging in the air on that beautiful and clear Monday afternoon. We navigated the hallway to find the office. I could hear a nearby student voice his enthusiasm for skateboarding as he spotted my skateboard strapped onto my backpack. We finally made it to the the art room where we met their teacher, Sabrina Bejba. She had been a teacher at Rosemount for about 6 years, where she taught Visual Arts to grades 7 to 11, Ethics and Career Explorations.

She had taken the initiative to pick up 30 skateboard decks during a snow fall. There they were all laid out on the art tables awaiting her grade 9 students, who were still having lunch.

As soon as the students filed into the art room, the sight of the decks sparked excitement and an eagerness to begin. Betty had planned a little video presentation for them. She brought to their attention the skate community in Havana, Cuba that she had recently visited over the winter holidays.

She explained how the different chapters she set up in Havana, Cuba and Gulu, Uganda all started off small, but with the help of volunteers and community, her dream started to grow as others joined in her cause. With her leadership, these underprivileged skate communities in other countries learned to skate with the donations of skateboards from our local community. “Do It Yourself” or “DIY” skate parks started to take shape over the years, especially in Cuba where they used whatever materials they could find to create a place to practice. These skateboarding communities continued to progress towards self sustainability as the years passed.

I stood attentively behind the students as Betty continued, until it was my turn to share my story. I was one of the many skaters whose life improved through skateboarding. I had a long battle with depression, anxiety and post traumatic stress disorder, and I started avoiding going out as much as I could. I had my share of therapy, group therapy, and medication, but the one thing that set my life back in balance was skateboarding.

Through skateboarding and social networking, I was absorbed into a skate community in which I often did my best to contribute in any little way I could. I took any opportunity to encourage others to skateboard and to keep skateboarding because of its ability to help people grow and to develop important life skills and healthy values. I was passionate about skateboarding and about helping others. Through that same community I found out about Skateboards For Hope. I met Betty for the first time when I donated my first complete set up and spare sets of wheels at the Fresh Hope exhibit.

I expressed to the students how Betty showed me my strengths when all I could see were my weaknesses while in an emotionally fragile state. She told me that she liked my style of writing and invited me into the Skateboards For Hope team. From that point, I started to believe in myself more and I felt a sense of belonging that I haven’t felt before. I became their brand ambassador.

I reminded the students that everyone was relevant and that every single person had the power to make positive change in their community. They could start with their immediate community, which would be their classroom and their school. They could try to treat each other better and work together to encourage an enriched learning environment to carry them towards graduation. We all learned that Betty’s little dream of bringing skateboarding to everyone started small and continued to grow. We all possessed the power to lead by example.

So how did Skateboards For Hope drop in for a class session?

There had been a general interest in the graphic designs of skateboard art among the grade 9 class at Rosemount High School. The students started to collect decks to initiate their own independent art project.

To inspire her class, Sabrina Bejba decided to take them to the Fresh Hope exhibit where she knew some of the artists that were being featured at that gallery. Her pupils were curious as to where the boards were going to after the exhibit, and that was how she found out about Skateboards For Hope. Those 40 unique decks on display were to be set up for skating and given to 40 deserving children by our organization. Sabrina managed to contact Betty to propose a collaboration between her class and Skateboards For Hope. With much organization and generosity from the skate community, 30 boards were collected for this unique project. Sabrina said, “[she] felt that [her students’] connection to the project would be strengthened if they knew their art was going to be gifted to another person.” It seemed the entire experience at the gallery really did inspire these young artists. Sabrina informed me that, “they have been working on their sketches and designs. A few students [would] be helping [her] sand the decks at the cabinet making department at Rosemount Technology Center. [They would] prime them and they [would] begin to work on their paintings. [The] students [would] learn how to create their own stencil and sticker for their skateboard.”
Skateboarding had always helped skaters find their sense of direction in their personal lives as well as their professional lives. Not only did communities start to form around the activity, but it paved the way to exposing each other to many other hobbies and interests. For some, it could exercise creativity through photography, film, and art. It could encourage an interest in more technical skills like carpentry and welding. Sabrina stated that, “Street art and skate culture [was] very relatable to them and many [had] clearly expressed that they [wanted] to paint two skateboards. One to donate and one to keep for themselves. The fact that many of them [were] already motivated to do extra work speaks volumes.”

The students will be displaying their completed decks at Rosemount High School on Friday, May 5th, 2017 from 3pm-7pm for those who wish to see their creations.

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All Female Skate Feature Premieres

The 11th of January seemed like a regular Wednesday at Le Taz. I walked in escaping the dry, frigid weather gnawing at my face and hands only to be greeted by the comforting warmth of familiarity with the skate park. The sounds of tails popping and wheels clacking against the hard, slippery floor blended with the rock music playing in the skate shop. As usual, I presented myself at the desk and got myself tagged. “Have a good session,” said the ticket booth worker. Of course! It was the premiere of the all female skate film: Quit Your Day Job.

Once evening hit, people started assembling in the lounge area where a giant projector screen draped down over the gray brick wall. People were chillin’ on the black couches, skaters were scattered on the floor and some were sitting on the highest bench of the bleachers. From where I was sitting, I could see little skater kids jumping and playing on the ottoman contained in the center of the enclosure of couches. Suddenly, the feature started to play, followed by the cue of the soundtrack and a rise of excitement from the crowd. The women of Meow and Hoopla skateboards had our full attention.


Every girl had a sponsored skater or skaters they admired, or so it seemed. Samarria Brevard Lacey Baker Savannah Headden Mariah Duran and Candy Jacobs had their individual segments in the film. I could hear the hollers of girls upon seeing their favorites executing amazing tricks off of staircases, rails, and banks that just happened to be there at the skate spot. I also heard their expressions of dread and horror upon witnessing the many slams that took place. Candy Jacobs, you legend! These ladies of shred gave us a taste of their skill, skate style, and personality delivered as a dropkick to your face. They were simply stunning.


There was a certain calm just before the storm of screaming. The rising crescendo of cheering filled my ears as the name of Montréal’s own Annie Guglia flashed across the screen. The first time I met her was at “Sk8 D8”. She organized at least three of these events last summer. It was a way of encouraging aspiring female skaters to come out of the shadows and to skate. With the help of Les Vagabonnes some girls learned to ride a board, how to drop quarter pipes, how to power slide, and various other tricks according to skill level. Annie brought skateboarding to others, on and off screen. (That reminds me, I should ask her to sign my copy of Skirtboarders one of these days.)


After the film, the vibe changed from a usual woman Wednesday (women skate for free at Le Taz) to a “whoo-hoo-man” Wednesday. I remember throwing high fives and fist bumps to every skater I met. I never saw so many girls motivated to skate and have fun before. I met a girl who did a mean “Strawberry Milkshake” and stomped that trick to the ground. I gave her props and tried it with her. Other girls were in on the action too. They were so geared to learn something new. I even tried to teach a beginner how to do a “180 No Comply” which was taught to me by another female skater. That night I couldn’t sleep from all the hype.


In skate communities, there is definitely a teacher/pupil relationship – a mentoring system, if you will. We learn from each other and through example. It’s like a pendulum swinging back and forth, and we keep that momentum going together. That’s how we learn, how we develop and grow at a steady pace. We skaters are constantly challenging ourselves, and by skating together it enriches the experience. Everyone has their own bag of tricks and we can help each other fill them with more. The next time you drop by a skate park, teach good skate park etiquette, encourage your peers, and help others get their tricks with some constructive criticism. Be that change you wish to see in the world. Peace.

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Brand Ambassador Joins SK84HOPE Team

Expect the latest stories about the skateboarding community every Thursday from Marivic Agustin, Skateboards For Hope Brand Ambassador. The new blog appropriately called THE BLUNT SIDE will give you perspective on skateboarding trends, people, communities and events in and around Montreal.

Marivic is a street skateboarder who can be seen at Le TAZ on Wednesdays with Les Vagabonnes.

You can see her adventures on instagram: MAERIVEK

Marivic’s determination is seen in this photo. She fell on her head doing a trick and was taken to the hospital by ambulance where she got glued up. She went back onto the streets the next day. Nothing can stop her from skateboarding. She’s our BADASS Brand Ambassador and we are happy she can kick ass.

The Blunt Side by Marivic Agustin

FRESH HOPE IS HERE TO STAY

AN EXHIBITION OF SKATEBOARDS DECKS THAT EMPOWERS DISADVANTAGED YOUTH From December 8, 2016 to January 15, 2017

Pioneer in the urban culture and street art scene in Montreal, the Fresh Paint Gallery joins forces with the Skateboards For Hope organization and presents Fresh Hope, an exhibition of skateboard decks redesigned by 30 visual artists, which will be then donated to less fortunate kids around the world. As friends and partners of the gallery and Under Pressure festival, you are invited to the opening of the exhibit on Thursday, December 8, 2016 at the Fresh Paint Gallery.

Justin Darrow, Skateboards For Hope First Nations Ambassador. Photo Adi Khavous.

Fresh Hope : Every Deck Has a Story Fresh Paint Gallery and Skateboards For Hope top priority is to gather the community around projects promoting collaboration, mentoring, empowerment and citizen involvement. The two organizations collaborated many times in the past whether through the Under Pressure International Graffiti Festival or at the Off the Records conferences at the gallery. This time, wishing to offer to the public an exhibition for the holidays that would benefit those less fortunate, Fresh Paint teams up with its long-time partner to present Fresh Hope, a collaborative art exhibition on used skateboard decks. The association between the names of the two organizations gives full meaning to the project and its title. 40 boards created by 40 visual artists will be exhibited at the Fresh Paint Gallery. The decks, which Skateboards For Hope collected by donation from other skaters, will be presented in a powerful exhibition and then offered through the organization to children of the Skateboards For Hope community within Havana in Cuba, Gulu in Uganda and Kanasetake First Nations reserve in Quebec. A gift filled with hope for a fresh new year 2017!

Young skateboarders in Uganda. Photo : Magada Collins

>>>>>>>> ARTISTS EXHIBITING <<<<<<<<< ADIDA FALLEN ANGEL ◆ CAROLINA ESPINOSA ◆ REGIMENTAL ONETON ◆ SCRIBE CSX ◆ HAKS 180 ◆ LSNR ◆ LOOPKIN ◆ ROC 514 ◆ MAG ◆ PAULIE HEART ◆ GERMDEE ◆ ORAM ◆ STARTKEY ◆ NAÏMO ◆ MARIE-PHILIPPE PLANTE ◆ ARNOLD ◆ BORRRRIS ◆ KWUN ◆ SUSAN SHULMAN ◆ MARC SIRUS ◆ HRKR ◆ TRISTAN ◆ SBU ONE ◆ AND MORE!

OPENING Thursday, December 8th from 7 PM – 11 PM Dj set Construct

FRESH PAINT GALLERY 209, rue Sainte-Catherine Est. Montreal, Qc. H2X 1L2

Facebook Event page: https://www.facebook.com/events/1789784827961289/

Gallery Opening Hours December 9th, 2016 – January 15th, 2017 Friday, Saturday and Sunday from 12pm to 7pm

On Saturday December 10th 2016 from 1pm to 3pm, the gallery will hold a special mini opening for kids and their parents. Bringing the young generation of skaters from Skateboards For Hope to enjoy and get inspired by the artworks by painting their own piece of art for this community project. Bring your children. Parents are welcome!

>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> N.B. : The gallery will accept skateboards donations during the time of the exhibition. Its team will take care of giving the boards back to Skateboards For Hope.
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Fresh Paint Gallery Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/freshpaintmtl/

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Skateboards For Hope Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/skateboardsforhope/

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Skateboards For Hope is #givingtuesday NOV 29th and YOU CAN TOO!

What’s happening in your community on December 1st to celebrate GivingTuesday? www.givingtuesday.ca

GivingTuesday is a global day of giving, started in Canada in 2013 by The GIV3 Foundation and CanadaHelps. More than 4,200 Canadian charities and businesses have joined the movement so far. Just as Black Friday kicks off the holiday shopping season, GivingTuesday is the opening day of the giving season.

The impact of GivingTuesday goes well beyond charitable donations, inspiring generosity in all its forms. On December 1st and throughout the holiday giving season, Canadians celebrate giving in whatever way is meaningful for them – volunteering their skills, giving blood, holding clothing drives, helping at a local food bank, talking with their kids about philanthropy, or spreading the word on social media.

Skateboards for Hope™ is teaming up with Fresh Paint Gallery to host an art deck exhibition with 30 artists who are painting 30 donated used decks and it’s free for the public from December 8, 2016 to January 15, 2017. Located at 209, St.Catherine Street, East, Montreal. See Facebook event page for more details: FRESH HOPE – SkateXhibition for a cause!

Skateboards For Hope crew wants to thank all of you who have donated skateboards, gear, time, tweets, Instagram and Facebook likes and shared the many stories about the skaters from Cuba, Uganda and Mohawk Territory as well as all the wonderful students from all the English and French High Schools who welcomed us in their classrooms to hear our story and spread the joy of skateboarding. We do it all for you and the thousands of children. We are PROUD!

WHY WE DO WHAT WE DO:

There is much to discover about this cool organization. Reusing decks to recycle skateboards as a tool for hope, building sustainable community projects for youth all over the world. The mission is to shred taboos associated with skateboarding as well as social stigmas linked with the sport. The skateboard communities are extensions of a better society. Supporting Skateboards for Hope™ provides funds and equipment for after school programs, sustainable projects, art and entrepreneurial development as well as empowering youth to become leaders in their community.

GIVING TUESDAY! GIVING EVERYDAY! GIVING HOPE!

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Ambassadors Skateboard To Empower Local Children At KIDCON

The young skateboarders aged 3 to 8 yrs put on a fantastic skate show. It was the first time for most and the crowd’s applause and cheers energized our little skaters for hours. KidCon is an annual event for children aged 3-12 yrs with over 77 activities and skateboarding was introduced by Godmother, Betty Esperanza of Skateboards For Hope who conceived and collaborated the event with Spin SkatePark/SkateShop as well as several Ambassadors and World Cup Skateboarders, Volunteers and Families of our young crew.

If you are thinking about lessons or looking for an indoor skatepark, we recommend that you visit the website to get information or book an instructor: http://www.spinskatepark.com

Don’t miss KidCon 2017, subscribe to their website and we hope to see you ! http://kidconmtl.com/en/

Need a professional photographer? We highly recommend Eva Blue. Check out her Flickr account – it’s breathtaking! https://www.flickr.com/photos/evablue

If you have any ideas or want to volunteer, please write to us at info@skateboardsforhope.com or SUBSCRIBE on our Website: www.skateboardsforhope.com

See you inside a Skatepark soon! Have a great winter season! #GoSkateboarding

REUSE – RECYCLE – REVOLUTIONIZE

KIDCON Krazy Skateboarder Kids

Last weekend will go down in history as one of the best events we had the pleasure of collaborating this year. KIDCON is the biggest playground for kids aged 3-12 years old with over 75,000 square feet of everything you can imagine for children. It’s like the WIlly Wonka of activities and this year for the first time, SKATEBOARDING was front and centre. (October 22+23rd at Uniprix Stadium)

Our youngest Ambassadors aged 3-8 years old put on the biggest, baddest show for two full days of skateboarding. The crowds cheered on our little ones as they took turns showing their skills on the SPIN CITY SKATEPARK Half-pipe that was installed graciously for the event. Two well known instructors who are actually World Cup Skateboarding Champion from Montreal, Annie Guglia and Nick taught children how to roll out and our 2 Skateboards For Hope Ambassadors, Frederique Luyet and Justin Darrow volunteered their talents too. Parents of Emeric Lefebvre (6yrs), Eli Lefebvre (3yrs), Lily-Rose Chouinard (6yrs), Liam Sayegh-Letourneau(8yrs) and Jayden Sauve(4yrs) also did their part by showing how Fathers and Mothers skateboard with their children. It’s certainly a family affair and we are so happy to inspire Montreal families too. Special thanks to our volunteers Margot McManus and Esau Gaitan for lending us a hand.

Our skaters were relentless. They seemed to feed off the energy they got from the crowd of children and parents who ooohed and aaahed the whole time they dropped in at full speed or landed tricks on the rail.

We certainly enjoyed our time and felt like part of the KIDCON Family. If you haven’t had a chance to attend this unique event, trust me you won’t want to miss it in 2017. Save the date for October 2017 on your calendar, Apple Watch or old school agenda. It’s worth the eternal love fo your child. (Seriously, you’ll thank us later!)

Here are some awesome black and white photos from Petite Peste Photography. (We love what they do so check out their website and maybe commission them for your children’s photos) WEB Link: Petite Pest Photo

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KIDCON, COOKIE MONSTER, CAILLOU + MORE SKATEBOARDING!

Explore your adventurous side with Spin Skatepark/Skateshop and Skateboards For Hope!

We are always finding new ways to introduce skateboarding to families who are not familiar with this activity. You can find the entire Skateboards For Hope crew at KIDCON this coming October 22 and 23 2016 at Uniprix Stadium. Watch awesome demos or give it a try yourself, either way you’ll be captivated by the action.

Buy a customized t-shirt from Dominion Tshirt Inc. and get a chance to win a skateboard and helmet just by subscribing onto our website: www.skateboardsforhope.com

KidCon is everything fun for children under one roof. It’s a unique opportunity for them to explore, discover and play in an exciting, engaging and interactive environment. It’s also a chance for the whole family to spend time together sharing their favourite forms of entertainment—television, toys, video games, tabletop games, movies, books, food, technology and more. With tons of activities, attractions and special surprises to delight them, KidCon is a place for kids aged 3 to 12—and anyone else who’s still young at heart—to enjoy the creative freedom of being a child and let their imagination soar. When: Saturday, October 22, 2016: 10AM- 5PM Sunday, October 23, 2016: 10AM-5PM Where: Stade Uniprix 285 Gary Carter St. (Faillon) Montreal, Quebec, H2R 2W1

TICKETS: http://kidconmtl.com/en/

Become A Global Citizen

When you get the chance to make a difference, what do you do? BECOME A GLOBAL CITIZEN & JOIN THE MOVEMENT to #ENDPOVERTY #GIVEHOPE

Global Citizen is a community of people like you – a place to learn about and take action on the world’s biggest issues. Your voice matters. Join Global Citizen and a growing movement of people committed to creating a better world. Global Citizen Rewards and Global Citizen Festival at Bell Centre on Saturday, September 17th. To get 2 FREE TICKETS CLICK ON THIS LINK AND START TWEETING: http://glblctzn.me/2aT1muL Skateboards For Hope is a GLOBAL CITIZEN.

Our Ambassadors Win GOLDEN APPROVAL at Jackalope Fest

If you missed the most exciting action sports event in Montreal, well you’re in luck. We took lots of photos and will share highlights so that you can mark your calendar for 2017. All the latest news can be found on our Facebook page too!

What a fabulous, action-packed weekend from hanging out with World Cup Skateboarders like Leticia Bufoni, Paige Krämer Rochefort, Greg Lutzka, Scott Decenzo, Charlotte Hym, Benjamin Garcia, ( SEE TOP10 WINNERS LIST) and locals like Annie Guglia, Frederique Luyet and JS Lapierre.

You would think we suffered an overdose of celebrity. Our Ambassadors were thrilled to participate at their first event. Aged 5 to 12 years old, only two of our groms showed off their skills to win some cool prizes from various sponsors. Taking into account that SKATEBOARDING IS FUN and not a competition against others, we were pleased to see our kids try out the street and half pipe with the older GROMS.

Another highlight that really impressed most attendees was the JUMP OFF, First time for everything right? Well, this parachute glide will make history as the the brave jumpers flew off the tallest inclined tower in the world. The Montreal Olympic Stadium‘s ghosts were probably awoken and cringed. My heart raced from fear watching these men fly.

Check out the photos, they really are spectacular. Please share with your friends and family. We also have a monthly contest with our new brand partner Dominion TShirts Inc. WIN A TSHIRT. Subscribe to our newsletter. ( If you are already subscribed then please send us an email to enter the draw).

For more information about World Cup Skateboarding and Jackalope, click on the links. See you all in Summer of 2017. Oh, don’t worry, we will remind you! #skateboardsforhope #givehope

GROMS INVADE JACKALOPE

Skateboards for Hope™ is super stoked to announce that six young Ambassadors are competing in TOPGROM Event at Jackalope during the World Cup Skateboarding Competitions. All the activities will take place at the Olympic Stadium.

Aged between 5 and 12, these boys and girls represent Skateboards for Hope™ as passionate do-gooders who not only skateboard but are actively spreading messages of hope in their prospective communities. Most of the skaters are at their very first competiton and we can’t wait to see them enjoy this experience. Coby and Chloe are siblings…a little rivalry will boost their confidence. Emeric and Lily-Rose are sure to impress the crowd with their tricks- they are after all the same size as their decks. Rylie was our first Ambassador to raise awareness in his school last year, got featured in Lapresse and Journal de Montreal and continues to volunteer at events around the city. Liam is actually an amazing skateboarder TOPGROM and this will be his second JACKALOPE event.

Skateboards for Hope™ empowers youth through action sports as well as build sustainable projects for youth living in poverty. Donated skateboards and gear are given to children in Cuba, Uganda, First Nations Reserves and Haiti. Drop off your donation and be automatically put in a draw to win a surprise. Dominion TShirt Inc will be selling customized t-shirts in all sizes. When you purchase a Skateboards For Hope t-shirt you will be photographed for our Instagram wall of fame.

We invite you to join us for the weekend of August 20 and 21 for family-fun festivities. Practice and Qualifications start Saturday at 12:00pm (noon) Get there early! To buy your ticket or for more information, click on website: www.jackalopefest.ca

For information or assistance, contact Godmother, Betty Esperanza at info@skateboardsforhope.com or (514) 591-8256

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Meet our GROM Ambassadors!

ÉMERIC – 5 years old

LILY-ROSE – 6 years old

Lily-Rose - 6 years old

COBY – 8 years old

Coby - 8 years old

LIAM – 8 years old

Liam is an avid competitor touring GROM events.

RYLIE – 11 years old

Rylie - 11 years old

CHLOE – 12 years old

Chloe - 12 years old

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UnderPressure WORD UP

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For the 5th year in a row, Skateboards For Hope has been invited to 21th edition of UnderPressure International Graffiti Convention from August 13-14, 2016 taking place downtown on St. Catherine Street East between Sainte-Elisabeth Street and Berger Street. The festival specifically tried to focus on the event as a platform for Indigenous urban artists this year, which is why they will be hosting a panel discussion as a cross-event activity in the programming of the Forum social mondial 2016 World Social Forum-Canada

We hope to see you at this amazing free festival that caters to all senses and styles. Graffiti Skate , Break Dance and Dj’s , EMCEE ‘s will be waiting for you to celebrate two decades of Hip-Hop culture here and elsewhere. You can learn more about the festival here: http://underpressure.ca

Drop by the UP merchandise booth to get your festival t-shirt and support SFH by donating your used skateboards, gear and running shoes. We will also have limited t-shirts for sale to fund our projects. All proceeds will be donated to Indigenous children on Mohawk Territory Reserve. (Kanesatake, Quebec)

For information or assistance, contact Godmother, Betty Esperanza at info@skateboardsforhope.com or (514) 591-8256

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