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STOKED at House Of Vans

STOKED at House Of Vans

Words by Kyle Samuelson

This Spring, STOKED was lucky enough to partner with the House of Vans in Brooklyn to offer our STOKERS an extremely privileged opportunity to skate this amazing indoor park all by ourselves. Vans was kind enough to line up four different dates throughout our STOKED Skateboard season for our kids to tackle this world class park. We felt so lucky to skate the same street obstacles and transition lines as we have seen Vans pros skating in videos and magazines. And with all the pizza and water we needed to keep us fueled, the days were some of the most special STOKED Skateboarding days I have been apart of.

I have a distinct memory of surveying the park; with all of it’s rad art on the walls, the sun shining outside the garage door, kids dropping in on the mini ramp for the first time, coaches cheering wildly as a student nose manny’ed the entire ledge, program manager Romney DJ’ing up on the catwalk, friends taking a breather on the bench to my left, and a new volunteer just smiling ear to ear to my right. “This is dope”, was all he could muster. “Yea man, this is dope”, was all I could respond.

There was something about seeing all of STOKERS riding with such confidence around this hallowed skatepark that really made me realized how special this program is, and in particular, how special our kids are. We are inspiring fearless leaders, and it’s a privilege for me and the rest of our staff and volunteers, to see how exactly that looks. In this case, it looked like a student skating around to pick up empty water bottles and throw them into the recycling bin. It looked like a student so determined to dropping in that after a few falls, her smile served as physical proof of her determination. It looked like every one of our students approaching our hosts Frank and Nick to shake hands and give a sincere thank you. It looked like many things this Skate season, but there was something about seeing it in this space that really illuminated it for me.

We are so lucky to be able to partner with such amazing organizations that offer time, space, money, food, anything to help us create fearless leaders. Vans are fearless leaders themselves and we are so honored to be able to help cultivate more leaders literally under the banner that reads “Off the Wall”.




To help us continue to provide opportunities like these to our youth, sign up to be a STOKED Igniter, and sponsor one of our youth!  Join now at stokedigniters.com.  

Mentor Activities NY: August 27 & 28

Mentoring Activity: Afropunk Festival ’11, August 27th 11 a.m.-7:30 p.m. and August 28th 11 a.m.-7:30 p.m.

DJs will be spinning all day at this year’s Afropunk Festival. Come check out the fun at Barry Park in Brooklyn, NY, on Saturday and Sunday.

Admission: Free

For more information on the event click here.

Stoked to Serve NY: Spring 2011 Wrap Party Recap

Last Saturday, June 18th, House of Vans hosted a Wrap-up party for the spring Stoked to Serve Season in New York. The party was in celebration of a successful Stoked to Serve season. Stoked to Serve New York reached new heights this season, with over 100% increase in participating youth from the fall. Stoked and the House of Vans hosted 3 park clean-ups and 4 skate sessions this spring for youth who wanted to earn community service hours, give back to their communities, and skateboard. Over 75 youth participated in the program, each logging an average of 3 hours of community service. In addition to youth, more than 25 volunteers and mentors attended the clean-ups and skate sessions  at parks in Brooklyn.
House of Vans hosted a skate session and party to reward the youth who participated in the program. Over 125 Stokers came out to the House of Vans on Saturday to celebrate the successful program with the teens who were dedicated to making that happen. A few highlights from the day were DJ C-Lo of the Heavy Hitters was spinning at the event, the pizza truck that House of Vans hooked up, and the best trick contest that was judged by Vans staff! We can’t thank the House of Vans enough for their amazing support throughout the season as well as Zoo York and KIND, who were additional program supporters.

Also, a big thanks to all the youth and volunteers who participated in the program, especially Shamel, Damien, Anthony who attended every program day!

Stoked on Pix 11!

Check out Stoked on Pix 11 News! Thanks to Armani, Jeanne, Mark, and Ben for making us look so good!