A snow-surf-skate fundraiser for at-risk youth is set to begin at daybreak Sunday in Southern California. The all-day event, billed as the first Trishredathon, is being presented by Stoked, a nonprofit mentoring program that will donate the day’s proceeds to the Edward Roybal Learning Center and the Miguel Contreras Learning Complex high schools in downtown Los Angeles.
Stoked Founder Steve Larosiliere tells ESPN ”I think it’s just gonna be a fun way to get people to do what they would normally love to do, but for charity.”
“I can’t think of a funner way to support Stoked’s mission than by spending the day snowboarding, surfing and skating,” says event volunteer Charles Friedland, 24. “There are not many places in the world where you can surf, skate, and snowboard in the same day. The Tri-shredathon will be great.”
Raising donations through personal online Crowdrise accounts linked to the event’s page, around 20 amateur athletes with skills in snow, surf, and concrete will start the day with a few hours of snowboarding or skiing at Southern California’s Snow Summit, a Big Bear Lake resort in the San Bernardino Mountains 100 miles east of Los Angeles.
While at Snow Summit, the participants will lunch with a teen group from Stoked’s Los Angeles snow program, which aims to promote personal development, academic achievement, and healthy living to under-served youth through action sports culture, according to the nonprofit’s website.
After lunch, the bus then heads to the coast, where a surf session south of the pier in Venice Beach take up most of the afternoon. Then the day wraps with skateboarding until sundown along the pier, beachfront, and at Venice’s concrete public skatepark.
Stoked’s Lily Betjeman, who handles outreach and operations, told ESPN that the nonprofit hopes to recruit professional athletes for next year’s event, but wants to make it clear that the 10-hour action sports trifecta is not about competition.
“It’s not a contest,” she said. “You can set personal goals for yourself. It’s more of a push-your-own-limits type of thing.”
The students who benefit from Stoked mentoring realize profound success, the nonprofit’s representatives said. The schools Stoked works with typically have less than favorable graduation rates and have gang and drop-out issues. Stoked retains 92 percent of their youth from year to year, and 100 percent of Stoked students have graduated from high school. Operating since 2005, Stoked has successfully worked with more than 2,100 kids.
To register for the event, visit http://bit.ly/trishredathonapp