$100k Raised by Ryan Sheckler's Foundation at "Skate For a Cause"
On a breezy afternoon at the Etnies Skatepark in Lake Forest, Calif., Ryan Sheckler was joined by the skating community. Current pros like Greg Lutzka and Austen Seaholm, legends of the sport like Jay Adams and Christian Hosoi, turned out for the cause. They were there to compete, of course, but they were also there to contribute – and contribute, they did. Between the carnival atmosphere outside the park and the money spent to watch the big name present and past pros do their thing, more than $100,000 was raised for the Sheckler Foundation and the “Be The Change” project.
Combining a world-class skate jam with a carnival atmosphere, Sheckler and his foundation, the Sheckler Foundation, managed to surpass even their own high goals, which will help to build a skatepark on the Port Gamble S’klallam Reservation. Sheckler’s many sponsors and various members of the industry came out to support the cause and help spread the good word of skateboarding and the foundation.
While the event and the foundation had a particular focus and goal in mind, Sheckler preferred to reflect on the bigger picture of the foundation.
“I enjoy this event because people come out from all over the place, all over the country, and they come out to support and watch skateboarding and it blows me away, man. These kids are just so into skateboarding and they just want to be apart of it and we just let them be apart of it,” he says, as a group of kids hang on the gate behind him, begging for autographs. “The goal for me having this foundation was to be able to give back to a community of skateboarders that have given me so much. My fans are the most loyal, the best fans and they’ve allowed me to live the life that I want to live. I know that there are a lot of people who are hurting and maybe need some direction and I just hope that with what we do with the foundation that maybe we can give them that little push or that little motivation to become a skateboarder or become anything that they want to become. It’s just about putting out good vibes and making sure these kids have fun.”
In between practice runs, Sheckler would stop to take pictures with fans, both young and old, or roll up to the gate and sign autographs for 10 minutes at a time. Then he’d go back to rolling around the park hitting the different features with the huge crew of skaters who’d shown up. The whole day was about camaraderie and the “positive vibes” Sheckler had mentioned. While the Legends Bowl contest was wrapping up, a number of the younger skaters circled around to pump up the Hosois’ and Adams’ and Dave Hacketts’ who had come out to support the cause.
The day continued with the SkateCross, the Red Bull Tech Center Best Trick Contest and the CCS Tranny Best Trick contest, which was won by Seaholm with a huge range of tricks, including a tre-flip to tail on the quarterpipe, and a Sal flip from the quarterpipe to the bank.
The day was just a quick break from the otherwise busy schedules of all the big names who came out – including NFL tightend Tony Gonzalez – but one that had dozens of young skaters motivated to take their talent to the next level.
“Right now the future of the Shecker Foundation is undecided, man,” Sheckler says. “We’re going to keep doing our skate events, keep doing our golf events and just keep our ears open listening for opportunities where we can help.”