Organizations BY skaters and FOR skaters.
Let's all strive to do good.
- A.Skate Foundation - The A.skate Foundation is a registered 501c3 non profit that allows children with autism to be a part of our social world through skateboarding. They hold clinics for children with autism at no cost to the families, give grants to children with autism for skateboard gear, as well as promote awareness and educate families about the skateboard industry. Mission Statement: A.skate - Autism. Skating with Kids through Acceptance, Therapy, and Education. Founded by Crys Worley, whose son is on the autism spectrum.
- Boards for Bros - Skatepark of Tampa operates Boards for Bros, which was started in 2006. They collect new and used hardgoods donations (trucks, wheels, boards, hardware, bearings, and griptape), and assemble them into refurbished skateboards so they can be redistributed back into the community for children who cannot afford their own. By helping the skateboard community give skateboards to those without the opportunity to ride one otherwise, Boards for Bros works to show that skateboarding can help children learn discipline, respect, and perseverance that will assist them throughout their entire lives, while having fun and exercising. Boards for Bros Mission Statement: To inspire kids to use skateboarding as a gateway to a healthy life by giving them refurbished skateboards through a joint industry effort.
- Grind for Life - Grind For Life, Inc was founded in 2003, by life-long skateboarder Mike Rogers, after his second battle with sarcoma cancer. The mission of the Grind For Life organization is to provide financial assistance to cancer patients and their families when traveling long distances to doctors and hospitals. In addition, they educate and inspire these patients and families concerning cancer survival and recovery.
- Next Up Foundation - “Next Up” is a grassroots foundation that was started by people who love skateboarding and who are dedicated to enhancing: The lives of kids & teens, our communities and our environment through skateboarding and action sports. Next Up Foundation provides after-school and summer mentoring programs that teach life skills through skateboarding. Next Up foundation is all about people getting involved; from volunteering, to mentoring, to fundraising, to donating or helping build a skateboard park. Next Up Foundation’s primary mission is to serve as a resource for kids and teens in underserved communities; providing guidance through action sports activities, supplying free athletic equipment, mentoring and supervision. Next Up Foundation’s purpose is to help kids reach their full potential, inspiring them to lead healthy and successful lives while providing habit forming exercise activities and social interaction through the sport of skateboarding.
- The Sheckler Foundation - Founded in 2008, The Sheckler Foundation was created as an avenue for Ryan Sheckler, his family, friends and business associates to give back to the community and industry that they are so grateful for. Fueled by the desire to contribute to the many causes that directly benefit and enrich the lives of children and injured action sports athletes, The Sheckler Foundation will produce fundraising events, passion projects and web-based initiatives to raise capital and awareness. Our ultimate goal is to empower our community to “Be the Change”! Ryan Sheckler's mom, Gretchen, is the CEO and Director of The Sheckler Foundation.
- Let It Flow - Nyjah Huston and his mom, Kelle, have founded Let It Flow, a nonprofit organization with a mission to bring flowing, safe water and sanitation to people in need. They believe that safe water is a fundamental human right, and that no other single intervention can provide such substantial benefits to people living in extreme poverty. With water, life can grow and prosper. The reality is that the world is bigger than we are, and a life of service and compassion is the greatest gift we can give to humanity. Please join them in their mission to make a difference.
- This article by ESPN also highlights some of the "hardest working skateboard related charities".