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Go Skate Tacoma Day 2014

This past Saturday, June 21st, in Tollefson Plaza over 1200 skateboarders from all over Pierce County came together to celebrate the art and culture of skateboarding.  Started as part of a national drive to endorse skateboarding, Tacoma-based non-profit Alchemy Indoor now hosts the event to promote their youth development work within the skateboarding community.

“The Tacoma skate community is full of smart and creative people that often don’t get recognized and Go Skate Day is an opportunity to show the character and creative capabilities these skaters have to give back to our local community.” Ben Warner, Executive Director of Alchemy Indoor

_MG_0450 as Smart Object-1 copyThroughout the day there were skate lessons for beginners of all ages, a series of classic street-style competitions, a designated open skate time, and a series of downhill long boarding competitions. This year focused on emphasizing a family-friendly and welcoming environment, with the addition of features like the bounce house and free treats including snow cones, popcorn, italian sodas, and even free pizza for lunch. Additionally, as it was in 2011, this year’s event hosted a small resource fair for youth and their families which provided information and free resources on different health, community and youth-oriented organizations.

 

Thank You to All the 2014 Sponsors

Dillanos Coffee Roasters, The City of Tacoma, Merry Makers, Northwest Leadership Foundation, Safe Streets, The REACH Center, Molina Health Care, Little Caesar’s Pizza, The Grit City Grindhouse, Court 17 Apartments, Bleach, All-A-Board, The Warehouse, American Ritual Tattoo, Poly Rev, Makin Music Co., and a plethora of skate companies including DB Lonboards, Five Mile, Elephant, Supra, Blk Mtn, Bones, Hurt Life, Black Dog, Paris Trucks Co., Abec 11, Rayne, Riviera, Bustin Boards Co., Metro, and Orangatang.

 

About Alchemy Indoor Skate Park & Education Center

Alchemy Indoor Skate Park & Education Center is powered by Northwest Leadership Foundation and provides youth opportunities to learn and grow through the art of skateboarding.  By fostering creativity, innovation and enthusiasm in youth, they motivate them to better themselves and better everything around them; supporting these youth is supporting this city.

The skate park, not yet built, will be a place where students of all ages can skate year-round despite our 200+ days of rain per year.  The facility will also serve as an education center for tutoring and developing the skills of marginalized youth.  The mission is to foster community by providing at-risk youth a welcoming environment that empowers them to develop their passions, education and marketable skill.

For more information about this event and Alchemy Indoor Skate Park & Education Center, please contact Executive Director Ben Warner at benwarner@alchemyindoor.org or visit www.alchemyindoor.org.

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