Although professional skateboarder Ryan Sheckler is only 21 years old, he is already experiencing the joy that comes in serving others.
Last month Sheckler, a San Clemente, California native, invited 29 of his closest skate buddies out to the Etnies Skatepark of Lake Forrest for his 2nd annual Skate For A Cause event, a contest that touted a purse of $15,000 to the winner.
The real number of note however, was $105,000. That was how much the event raised for victims of Autism. Sheckler divulged his reason for the contest:
"We come out (to events) and we want to help all these kids," Ryan Sheckler said. "Everything I have in my life is a blessing and I want to give back. It just makes sense. It's a lot of fun and I just can't wait to keep doing it."Thousands of fans came out to the charity event and were wowed by some of the nation's best skaters who rode rails, caught huge air, and performed countless amazing tricks.
The event also included demonstrations and a carnival with games and activities. Hundreds of kids, ages 2 and up, tried their hand at skate-oriented games at the festival.
Don Brown, senior vice president of marketing for Etnies, said he was proud to help sponsor Sheckler's event.
"When Etnies first started 25 years ago, it was always important for us to give back to the community," Brown said. "I first sponsored (Sheckler) when he was 7 years old. It's been great to see him grow up and take skateboarding to a whole new level, and he's doing it for a great cause."Kudos Mr. Sheckler, Kudos.
via OC Register