The A.skate Foundation is a non-profit organization that provides children with autism the opportunity to be a part of our social world through skateboarding. They hold clinics for children with autism at no cost to the families, give grants to children with autism for skateboard gear, and promote awareness and educate families about the skateboard industry. Five years ago 1:150 children were diagnosed with autism. Today 1:91 children are diagnosed with autism, 1:58 of which are boys.
Children with autism often struggle with the ability to follow directions, play on a team, and many require that activities be performed on their own terms. Skateboarding is a great fit for kids with autism! No team, no coach, just self-driven improvement.
Although A.Skate is based in Alabama they offer clinics across the nation. We invite you to contact them directly to find out more information. They are always looking for volunteers and it’s a great cause.
Here’s something you can do today—right now—to help A.Skate in a big way. Head over to the Pepsi Refresh Project and vote for the A.Skate Foundation. There is $25,000 at stake for this important organization so your vote is very important. It only takes a second and you can vote via your Facebook login or whatever…it’s quick. (For extra credit spread the word.)
(There are also a number of skatepark projects looking for Pepsi money and you can vote for more than one project…so if you see something else there that you like, vote! It’s your duty and privilege as a citizen of the world.)
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