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Shredding for a Cause

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LOS ANGELES February 11th, 2017 –  People from all walks of life, from pharmacists to engineers, followed their passion for giving back to the STOKED Trishredathon, sponsored by Laureus Sport for Good USA. By signing up for an unbelievable day of snowboarding, skateboarding and surfing through Southern California; participants also agreed to raise $500 for STOKED.

On the morning of the event, we were up before the sun. Everyone met at Venice Beach at 6am and loaded the buses to Bear Mountain. Fueled by coffee and a few too many donuts, everyone hit the slopes for a exciting morning of snowboarding. After shredding, it was back to Venice beach for some skateboarding on the boardwalk. As the sun began to set, the group ran into the ocean for a golden surfing session.

The best part – this was all for an incredibly important cause. Each participant’s donation will enable a young person from Los Angeles to join STOKED’s Mentor program, presenting them with life-changing opportunities to get active and dream big. Together, the team was able to raise over $10,000 to benefit STOKED youth

STOKED’s mission is to inspire teens who are the most vulnerable, to believe in themselves through action sports. Teen participants go on day trips outside of the city and are paired with mentors who show them how to ride. From standing on top of a mountain, to catching a wave, young people are placed in environments that change their perspective. For most of the inner-city youth involved, STOKED trips provide their first experience seeing a mountain or an ocean. Given a new viewpoint, and the support of a mentor who cares, youth are shown what they are truly capable of.

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The result? Thousands of young people have learned a new action sport, while also building a brighter future. STOKED’s results speak for themselves: they boast an 100% high school graduation rate for youth in their after-school programs.  In addition, 100% of school administrators report that STOKED made their students more academically engaged. Laureus Sport for Good USA was proud to play a part in building fearless young leaders by supporting the STOKED 2017 Trishredathon.

Check out all of the photos from the event on Flickr. 

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