For us, four wheels and a piece of wood profoundly influenced our lives.
We have tapped into the instant brotherhood felt within skateboarding, strengthening and propelling young skaters into leaders themselves. We invite kids to join us on our journey, compelling them to:
Do Something Awesome!
Here at Solid Foundation, there are three beliefs that drive us to do what we do:
What leads us to these beliefs? First off, there are approximately 4,600 skateboarders in Bergen and Passaic counties, and there are not nearly enough skateparks or spots able to accommodate them.
Secondly, there is an unparalleled commonality among skateboarders, a bond that cannot truly be described. Every skateboarder looks up to other skaters, being influenced by them and their styles. Now ask yourself this: Could somebody look up to you? No matter your age, skill level or anything else, you have influence. You can make a difference in someone’s life.
Finally, regardless of anyone’s beliefs, be them religious, spiritual, non-religious, or otherwise, we believe that every belief system starts with an element of faith. As skateboarders, we often times live life together, so from time to time we explore these different beliefs/faiths and together we discuss how they play a part in our lives.
Every program, workshop and project we do is intentional about building community and encouraging older skaters to connect with younger skaters, developing positive role models and long-term friendships. We believe that mentoring plays an important role in the skateboarding industry. It played an important role in our lives as skateboarders, and I hope you can think back to how an older skater made a significant difference in your life, too. Click here to find out more about our SkateClub groups.
As skateboarders, we grow up surrounded by creativity. Walk into a skateshop for the first time and you’re surrounded by art on the walls. Pick up a skate mag and find yourself engulfed in journalism, photography and design. Put on your favorite video and find the result of hours, days and sometimes years of hard work. Skateboarding inspires, and we do our best to highlight the impact that it has had on our lives and share it with the next generation. Click here to find out more about our Art Dept and shows.
We all know that we are not alone in this world, but it’s easy to forget. There are people in need all around us; one person really can make a difference. When we take a step outside of what we’re comfortable with and lend a hand to our neighbor, it is a most excellent adventure every time. We find that the greatest impact and meaningful experiences in our own lives happen when we give back and serve others selflessly. Click here to see a video about a past SkateMissions project.