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'Trishredathon' supporting Downtown high schools with surfing, skiing, and skateboarding

By Andrew Lopez
Published: Wednesday, March 21, 2012, at 04:17PM
Courtesy of Stoked

The 'Trishredathon' will benefit two Downtown-area schools with a day of snowboarding, skiing, skateboarding and surfing.

Afterschool programs at two Downtown-adjacent high schools will be the beneficiary of an action sports fundraiser dubbed the “Trishredathon” this Sunday.

Stoked, an action sports nonprofit organization serving disadvantaged students in New York and Los Angeles, will lead a day of skiing and snowboarding, surfing and skateboarding from Snow Summit to Venice Beach.

For $250, those registering will be able to ride the motor coach to Snow Summit and hit the slopes, then they ride back down to Venice Beach for an afternoon of surfing and skating, spokeswoman Lily Betjeman said.

The daylong event begins at 6 a.m. and is expected to end at a Stoked supporters’ private home for a party after 8 p.m.

The snow-skate-surf event will raise money to keep afterschool programs running cost free for the nearly 50 students involved at Edward Roybal Learning Center and Miguel Contreras Learning Complex near Downtown.

“Those two schools are schools in our community that we have always had a relationship with,” senior program manager Danny Hairston said. “We are looking for youths at risk of situations, poverty, dropout.”

At both schools the after-school program offers skills to disadvantaged youths, such as time management and teamwork. One project in the twice-a-week program involves grouping students together to build a skateboard from scratch.

“No power tools. They scrape, they sand, they paint,” Hairston said. “We are able to apply life lessons.”

The week ends with a day of action sports each Sunday, including snowboarding, skateboarding or surfing free of charge depending on the season.

Trishredathon is an important event for the success of the programs because continued lack of state funding in California could potentially lead to its demise.

“We are quite aware of the funding crisis affecting schools,” Hairston said. “[These] are usually the first programs to get cut.”

Nearly two-thirds of the $15,000 fundraising goal has been achieved so far, according to Crowdrise, an online fundraising and crowdsourcing website.

Stoked, which began in New York in 2004 as a mentoring program through snowboarding expanded to all board sports in 2005. In 2006, Stoked opened its program in Los Angeles, according to their website.

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