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'Just One Board' offers skateboarders a chance to give back to their community

This year’s recycling program starts on the international holiday, Go Skateboarding Day, to help underprivileged youth in New Orleans

by jacy danquePublished: June 20, 2012 08:45 AM

On June 21, Go Skateboarding Day, skaters everywhere will join forces with Rancho Santa Margarita-based International Association of Skateboard Companies (IASC) to help refurbish 1,000 skateboards for youths in New Orleans for its “Just One Board” initiative.

While skaters enjoy a day with fellow lovers who understand the sweat and joy of learning skateboarding, “Just One Board” gives an opportunity for people to recycle their used but working skateboards and boarding equipment to refurbish skateboards for their local community organizations.

“When I was thirteen, all it took was just one board to show me what I wanted to do for the rest of my life,” said Josh Friedberg, executive director of IASC. “The opportunity to give used equipment a second life and thousands of kids a chance to experience the world through skateboarding at the same time as a beautiful thing.”

Just One Board has partnered with Lower 9th Ward Village, the Tony Hawk Foundation, the Make It Right Foundation, Humidity Skate Shop and Urban 9 Skateshop to donate 1,000 skateboards to children in New Orleans Lower 9th Ward neighborhood. Along with the distribution, a group skate will be conducted from Lower 9th Ward Village to Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Charter School to open the first eco-skatepark in New Orleans during the 7-year anniversary of Hurricane Katrina.

“With family in New Orleans, I got to witness firsthand the devastation wreaked by Katrina. The chance to launch the Just One Board program on Go Skateboarding Day in the Lower 9th Ward, a community that is embracing green initiatives and skateboarding with the creation of the first skatepark in NOLA, is incredible,” Friedberg said.

IASC hopes to take the Just One Board initiative worldwide, giving away refurbished donated skateboards in various cities each year. The organization says that skateboarding is proactive hobby that instills young people with important life qualities, including motivation, determination and initiative. Recycling skateboards not only makes people environmentally aware, but also brings skateshops closer to its community. Just One Board has also teamed up with I Ride I Recycle to establish collection bins all year long. 

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