Ben Wixon, SPS Board Member, Co-Developer of Drop In to Skateboarding (accredited skateboard instruction program) and Author of the book- Skateboarding: Instruction, Programming and Park Design drove several hours from Portland, OR to Wenatchee, WA recently to do a presentation for K-12 Wenatchee School District PE Teachers. The presentation, put on in conjunction with Community for Wenatchee Valley Skateparks and SPS-Wen Chapter was planned to help the teachers learn the basics of instructing their students in skateboarding. There could be potential opportunities as soon as next school year to offer a short skateboarding unit, before or after school program and/or implement skateboarding eventually as part of the regular PE curriculum.
We learned a lot, definitely had fun and generated significant interest. Funding a small amount of equipment to start will be the main goal and challenge. Several teachers including Wenatchee HS Varsity Baseball and Football Coaches participated in the hands on (or feet on) portion on the presentation.
Ben also just returned from skateboard programming consulting trip to Cyprus (the third largest island in the Mediterranean Sea). It was funded in part by their federal government. Goes to show the World how far skateboarding has come!
Learn more about Drop-In to Skateboarding here.