LITTLE BOSTON — The Ryan Sheckler Foundation is giving away gifts and a prize pack for donations to help build a skatepark on the Port Gamble S’Klallam reservation.
Any donation enters for a chance to win a Ryan Sheckler prize pack. A donation larger than $10 automatically gets a gift.
Gifts include: Be the Change tech decks, Plan B skateboard decks, and a limited edition New Era hat.
For more information, go to www.shecklerfoundation.org. To enter for the prize pack, make a donation and then visit the Sheckler Foundation Facebook page to enter the giveaway.
The proposed skatepark was chosen last spring via social media as the best of four projects nominated by the foundation. Sheckler, a professional skateboarder, launched the foundation to assist projects that benefit and enrich the lives of children and injured athletes.
The skatepark is the foundation’s first project.
Foundation representatives say their way of accomplishing a project is more about community empowerment than throwing money at it. In its Be The Change campaign, foundation representatives engage community members to make the project a reality — the idea being it doesn’t take money to “be the change.”
A webisode on YouTube tells the story of the ensuing campaign to build the skatepark in Little Boston. The webisode outlines how the Sheckler Foundation is partnering with the Port Gamble S’Klallam Tribe and members of the community to build the skatepark.
Kelly Sullivan, the Tribe’s executive director of tribal services, said the project will provide another valuable recreation outlet for local children.
“There’s no place for kids to skate [on the reservation], so there aren’t as many skaters as there can be,” said. “We’re trying to increase opportunities for activity, places to be socially. We see kids skating on the street and in parking lots. We want to create a place for them to learn it and master the skills.”